Pineapple Punch with Ginger Beer
If you’re in need of a crowd-friendly cocktail (with a spicy ginger kick) to sip on this weekend, I’ve got you covered. Add a couple of these wild rice veggie burgers, southwest burgers, or my everyday chicken marinade into the mix and you’ve got a party.
This pineapple punch recipe is festive, fizzy, and easy to throw together. The ingredients are very straight-forward: pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, rum, and ginger beer. If you love citrus-packed cocktails or any type of cocktails made with ginger beer, you will love this drink!
I’ve always gravitated towards lower alcohol cocktails made with citrus or tart fruits, as evidenced by last year’s kombucharita punch. Add ginger beer into the mix and I’m sold. These types of drinks are always refreshing and often pair well with many different types of foods, which is a top priority for me.
It is best to seek out a high-quality ginger beer for this cocktail. Many ginger beers are all sugar and contain little to no real ginger. It kind of defeats the point, right? Ginger beer should taste like freshly juiced ginger.
My brand of choice is Fever Tree, which makes an incredible natural ginger beer that is very low in sugar. It comes in convenient larger size bottles (you’ll need 32 ounces, or two 16.9 ounce bottles, for this recipe!), is reasonably priced, and packs a spicy ginger punch.
Fever Tree ginger beer is available at most grocery and beverage stores, and I’ve even found it in the aisles of World Market. If you still can’t find it, you can even order it on Amazon for a reasonable price! If you’re looking for other ginger beer recommendations, here’s another great resource for ideas.
Ginger and pineapple flavor are at the forefront of this drink. Nothing quite beats the taste of fresh pineapple juice, so I’ve included instructions on how to make your own without a juicer in the recipe below.
It is as simple as chopping fresh pineapple, pureeing it in a food processor or blender, and straining it through a fine-meshed sieve to remove the pulp. You’ll be rewarded by the extra effort!
If you’re tight on time, you can also use store-bought pineapple juice, just be sure to read the ingredient list to make sure it doesn’t contain any added sugar or extraneous ingredients. You want to use 100% pure pineapple juice.
We’ll actually be celebrating Memorial Day fairly low-key around here, but I’m sure one of these will make its way into our hands at some point or another. Cheers!
Pineapple Punch with Ginger Beer
- 1 cup (8 oz) pineapple juice, preferably homemade (see 'tips for success' on how to make your own)
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) orange juice (from 1 to 2 oranges)
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) rum
- 1/3 cup (3 oz) cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 to 4 limes, depending on size)
- 32 to 34 ounces chilled ginger beer (ingredient note: I highly recommend Fever Tree brand, which is low in sugar, and comes in large, convenient 16.9 oz bottles)
- 4 orange slices, halved, for serving
- 8 thin lime slices, for serving
- small thin wedges of fresh pineapple
- fresh mint sprigs
- In a large pitcher, combine the pineapple juice, orange juice, rum, and lime juice. Stir until blended. Just before serving, add the ginger beer and stir until just combined. Pour into individual glasses and serve. If you'd like, garnish each glass with an orange slice, lime slice, wedge of pineapple, and mint sprig. Serve immediately.
Tips For Success:How to Make Homemade Pineapple Juice:
- 1 medium pineapple, peeled and cored, will yield approximately 1.5 cups to 2 cups (12 to 16 ounces) pineapple juice.
- Place chopped pineapple in a large food processor. Puree until completely smooth. Strain through a large fine-meshed sieve, using a spatula to press down the pulp to release the juice, into a large measuring cup or bowl. Fresh pineapple juice can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
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