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Easy Pineapple Cordial Recipe

A Step-by-Step Guide For A Refreshing Easy Pineapple Cordial Recipe

Easy Pineapple Cordial Recipe

Calling all cocktail lovers and aspiring bartenders! Get ready to embark on a tantalizing journey as we uncover the secrets of crafting an exquisite homemade pineapple cordial from scratch. Whether you yearn for a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage or itching to elevate your cocktails to the next level, this step-by-step guide will walk you through every stage. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your pineapple, and let's dive into the delicious world of this tropical delight. Welcome to the ultimate pineapple cordial adventure!

The pineapple cordial featured in the top 5 cocktails at Cantina in San Francisco

This recipe is a gem from my bar mentor, Duggan McConnell's book "Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and Her Cocktails." The pineapple cordial featured in the top 5 cocktails at Cantina in San Francisco back in the day when I was just a young barback. While it's saddening that the bar is no longer around, we can now enjoy the delights of Pacific Cocktail Haven in its place.

Pineapple cordial is truly a symphony of flavors, boasting a delightful balance of sweetness, tartness, and a hint of the exotic. The primary flavor, of course, is the tropical, sun-kissed sweetness of ripe pineapples. This is harmoniously contrasted by a tart edge, which adds depth and prevents the sweetness from becoming overwhelming. The end result is a taste that is bright, fresh, and undeniably irresistible. It's this distinctive flavor profile that makes pineapple cordial such an exciting addition to a variety of cocktails, adding a splash of tropical sunshine to each sip.

Easy Pineapple Cordial Recipe

The versatility of this easy pineapple cordial recipe extends far beyond its role as a refreshing standalone beverage. This vibrant tropical elixir serves as a delightful base for a myriad of cocktails, infusing a burst of fruity flavor and a touch of sweetness that melds seamlessly with a variety of spirits. From a classic pineapple margarita to a tropical twist on a Moscow mule, pineapple cordial enhances each cocktail with its unique flavor profile. Even in the realm of non-alcoholic beverages, it shines. Mixed with soda water, it becomes a sparkling refreshment; blended with iced tea, it creates a tropical twist on a classic. Its culinary uses don't end at beverages, either. Pineapple cordial can be used as a marinade, a salad dressing ingredient, or even as a glaze for roasting meats, truly demonstrating its wide-ranging versatility.

Now that you've got your hands on this vibrant tropical elixir, you may be wondering about the best ways to enjoy it. Here are a few serving suggestions and cocktail recipes to get you started:

This vibrant tropical elixir serves as a delightful base for a myriad of cocktails, infusing a burst of fruity flavor and a touch of sweetness that melds seamlessly with a variety of spirits.

Pineapple Cordial Margarita: For a tropical spin on a classic, combine 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of pineapple cordial, and the juice of 1 lime. Shake with ice and strain into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and enjoy this sunny delight.

Tropical Mule: Give your Moscow Mule a tropical makeover! Mix 1.5 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of pineapple cordial, the juice of half a lime, and top it off with ginger beer. Stir and serve in a copper mule mug with a lime wheel garnish for an intriguing mix of tropical and spicy flavors.

Pineapple Cordial Spritz: Looking for a non-alcoholic refresher? Mix 2 ounces of pineapple cordial with 6 ounces of soda water. Add a splash of lime juice, stir, and serve over ice for a bright and bubbly treat.

Pineapple Glazed Chicken: Pineapple cordial isn't just for drinking; it can also add a tropical twist to your cooking. For a delicious pineapple glazed chicken, combine 1 cup of pineapple cordial, 1/2 cup of soy sauce, and 1/4 cup of honey in a saucepan. Simmer until the mixture thickens into a glaze. Brush the glaze onto chicken and roast until perfectly cooked. The resulting dish is a delightful mix of sweet, salty, and savory flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

Remember, these are just suggestions. Don't hesitate to experiment and come up with your own unique concoctions. The sky's the limit when it comes to the versatility of pineapple cordial!

Easy Pineapple Cordial Recipe 🍍


  • 1 small pineapple

  • 2 cups water

  • 4 cups sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt


▫️Start with 1 small pineapple and remove the skin and core.

▫️Then cut the pineapple into 1” half moons.

▫️In a saucepan on medium-high heat, braise the pineapple slices for about 3 minutes on each side.

▫️Remove the pineapple from the heat, cut them into chunks, and set them aside.

▫️Add 2 cups of water to the saucepan to remove any bits of pineapple that may have been stuck to the pan. Then, transfer the pineapple water to another saucepan.

▫️On medium to high heat, add 4 cups of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt and stir until all is dissolved.

▫️Bring the mixture to a boil and add the pineapple chunks. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes undisturbed.

▫️Remove from heat and let the contents of the saucepan fully cool before straining.

▫️(Optional) Save the pineapple chunks for a tasty treat or a cocktail garnish.

▫️Transfer to a container and store in the fridge for up to 4 months.

Easy Pineapple Cordial Recipe

Let me know what you think of this pineapple cordial recipe in the comments. Cheers!✌🏾

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