A Refreshing Pineapple Basil Cocktail

pineapple basil cocktail in tall champagne glass with fresh pineapple beside it and garnished with a sprig of basil

Are you ready for a yummy Hawaiian luau themed menu?? It’s recipe day for my dinner club group, and we’ve got some great ones for you. I made a refreshing pineapple basil cocktail I can’t wait to share with you!

If you are coming over from Stacy at Bricks N Blooms, welcome! I’m so glad you are here and didn’t her Pineapple Dump Cake look so good??

white bowl of pineapple dump cake

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Also, Libby from A Life Unfolding is joining us as guest host this month. You don’t want to miss the recipe for her delicious pineapple fried rice.

pineapple salsa served inside pineapple half



And in case you missed my luau party themed tablescape on Thursday, you can see it here.

overhead view of luau themed place setting bamboo placemat with white dinner plate smaller white plate with gold rim and small square bamboo plate stacked on top gold fork resting on left side of plate gold knife resting on right side of plate and white napkin with rope and seashell napkin ring to right of plate "runner" of small seashells at top of plate

menu for a Hawaiian luau party

A Refreshing Pineapple Basil Cocktail
Fresh and Easy Pineapple Salsa
Pineapple Fried Rice
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Huli Huli Chicken with Grilled Pineapple
The Best Pineapple Dump Cake

ingredients for pineapple basil cocktail

ingredients for pineapple basil cocktail tito's vodka bottle of topo chico fresh pineapple basil leaves glass jar of basil simple syrup and pineapple corer

Fresh pineapple (pureed)
Basil Simple Syrup
Vodka
Topo Chico or Club Soda

basil simple syrup

ingredients for basil simple syrup cannister of sugar, basil leaves measuring cup with water

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar (Most simple syrup recipes call for 1 part sugar, 1 part water. I don’t like my cocktails really sweet so I cut the amount of sugar in half. This is obviously a personal preference, so I would try it with less sugar and add more if you want it sweeter.)

1 cup fresh basil leaves

Combine water, sugar, and basil leaves in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, and stir until the sugar completely dissolves.

Simmer for 1 minute.



Remove from heat and let steep for about 30 minutes or until cooled.

After the syrup has cooled, strain into a glass jar and discard the basil leaves.

This can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

directions for pineapple basil cocktail

First, you will need to cut up your fresh pineapple. I used a pineapple corer to make this process super easy.

Put pineapple chunks into a blender or food processor and add about 1/2 cup water. (see variations later in the post)

Blend the pineapple until it is pureed and no chunks remain.

For an 8 ounce glass….
Add 1/2 cup pineapple puree, 2 tablesoons of simple syrup, and 3 tablespoons vodka to a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake well, pour into glass and top with topo chico or club soda.

Garnish the glass with a sprig of basil or a pineapple chunk on the side of the glass.

pineapple basil cocktail in tall champagne glass with fresh pineapple beside it and garnished with a sprig of basil



For a 4 cup pitcher….

If you prefer to make a larger batch you can add 2 cups pineapple puree, 8 tablespoons simple syrup and 1/2 cup vodka to a small pitcher.

If you chill your pineapple puree and vodka before making your cocktail, it will be cold and you can omit the shaker step.

Otherwise, you will probably want to add ice to the glass before pouring the cocktail.

pineapple basil cocktail in tall clear glass pitche with fresh pineapple beside it and garnished with a sprig of basil

variations for pineapple basil cocktail

  • If you use pineapple juice in the blender instead of water, it will make the puree a bit sweeter.
  • If you prefer a “non fizzy” drink, omit the soda.
  • As I mentioned above, most simple syrups call for 1 part sugar to 1 part water. I prefer my cocktails a little less sweet so I cut the sugar in half.
  • Again, if you chill your pineapple puree and vodka before making a pitcher of the cocktail, you won’t need to use the cocktail shaker or ice.
  • The sweeter and more ripe the pineapple is, the sweeter the drink will be.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of vodka to your liking.
  • If you don’t grow your own basil, it is usually readily available in the produce section of the grocery store.
  • Lastly, this would be super fun and cute served in a hollowed out pineapple.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for a refreshing pineapple basil cocktail. I would love to hear if you try it!


Next up on the menu is Jen from Midwest Life and Style with a fresh and easy pineapple salsa.

It looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

Be sure and click on the name at the bottom of each photo to see all of the amazing recipes.

pineapple basil cocktail in tall champagne glass with fresh pineapple beside it and garnished with a sprig of basil

Refreshing Pineapple Basil Cocktail

This is the perfect summer cocktail! So easy and refreshing!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 ounce glass

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple puree
  • 2 tablespoons basil simple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons vodka
  • topo chico or club soda

Instructions
 

  • Cut pineapple into chunks and add to blender or food processor with about 1/2 cup water.
  • Blend until pureed and no chunks remain.
  • Add 1/2 cup pineapple puree, 2 tablespoons basil simple syrup, 3 tablespoons vodka to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, then add to glass.
  • Top with Topo Chico or club soda.
  • Garnish with sprig of basil or pineapple chunk.

Basil Simple Syrup

  • Add 1 cup water, 1 cup basil leaves and 1/2 cup sugar to saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
  • Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat and let steep for about 30 minutes or until cooled.
  • After the syrup is cooled, strain into glass jar and discard basil leaves.
  • This will keep up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

Notes

If you prefer to make this by the pitcher instead of by the glass, add….
2 cups pineapple puree, 8 tablespoons simple syrup, and 1/2 cup vodka to a 4 cup pitcher.  
If you chill your liquids first, you won’t have to use the cocktail shaker or ice.  
Pour mixture evenly into glasses and top with Topo Chico or club soda.  
Variations:
  • Most simple syrups are 1 part water to 1 part sugar.  I don’t like my cocktails really sweet, so I cut the sugar in half. Obviously, this is a personal preference, so I would start with a smaller amount and add more if you want it sweeter. 
  • If you use pineapple juice in the blender instead of water, it will make the puree a bit sweeter.  
  • If you prefer a “non fizzy” drink, omit the soda. 
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14 thoughts on “A Refreshing Pineapple Basil Cocktail

  1. Michele what a great cocktail! I am totally making it this summer!

    1. I hope you love it Stacy! It’s so refreshing and delicious. And I would be willing to be you have plenty of basil in your garden!

    1. Oh, good! I hope you love it Rachel!

  2. This sounds amazing! Perfect for a luau on a summer day. Hugs to you.

    1. It is so refreshing Renae! And yes, the perfect summer cocktail. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. You had me at Basil! Yum~~

    1. It is SO good and the perfect combination of flavors. I hope you get to try it!

  4. I love anything pineapple flavored, and this looks so refreshing. I can’t wait to try it, Michele. Pinned!

    1. Thanks Jen! It’s really yummy and refreshing. I hope you like it and I can’t wait to try your salsa recipe too!

  5. How fun…can’t wait to try some of these recommendations

    1. It’s so yummy! Hope you get to try it!

  6. Oooo Michele you had me at pineapple! This looks so refreshing! I love your tablesetting too!

    1. Thanks so much Nicolle! It is so yummy and refreshing!

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