Nothing conjures thoughts of beach breezes quite like a cocktail made with rum and fresh pineapple juice. But the mix isn’t just a summertime drink, especially when you add ingredients that’ll spice it up. “Ginger and pineapple combined give cocktails a great texture, which is so crucial in the winter months,” says Samantha Safer of Brooklyn’s Otway. “Ginger is one of our favorite ingredients behind the bar because it complements most spirits and adds complexity while remaining fresh and not sweet.” The libation is finished with bitters and a skewer of brandied cherries, and we suggest sipping it by the fire while dreaming up your next tropical getaway.
2.5 oz El Dorado 5 Year Rum
1.5 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Ginger juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1-2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
1-2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Brandied cherries, skewered, for garnish
- Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for about 45 seconds until a nice frothy head has formed.
- Strain into a rocks glass with a one 1-by-1-inch ice cube.
- Garnish with a pineapple leaf and a skewer of brandied cherries.
Mix it Up
Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Rum is also a great spirit to use in this recipe.