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Pineapple and Gin Frozen Cocktail

Pineapple and Gin Frozen Cocktail

For best flavor in this gin and juice-based cocktail, head to the farmers' market for peak-season fruit. Freeze pineapple in a single layer on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet until solid.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pineapple pieces, frozen; plus wedges for serving (optional)
  • Mint sprigs (for serving; optional)

Recipe Preparation

  • Purée pineapple, gin, simple syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice, and 2 cups ice in a blender until smooth and very thick (mixture will loosen immediately once poured). Divide among glasses and garnish with pineapple wedges and mint sprigs, if desired.

,Photos by Christina HolmesReviews Section

Frozen pineapple daiquiri

I know some people are through and through cocktail drinkers, others wine, beer or their favorite spirit. Many have their favorite then an alternate for warmer or colder weather, or just because.

My point is, many people have their go-to style of drink, if not a specific one. For most of my life, mine has been beer (my dad, as a former brewer, is no doubt happy). There are times when I get in to wine a little more, but cocktails are much more rare.

Now and then, though, a cocktail is just the thing. A friend recently took my out as a belated celebration for my birthday, and that was a cocktail night. Drinks with friends on mother's day? Cocktails. And super warm days when you need a drink in the afternoon?

Much as we change up our beer supplies to meet the season, for really hot days something like this frozen pineapple daiquiri is so much better. Ideally sipped on next to the pool, I'm sure, though that's not something we have the option on, sadly (at least not at home).

One of the reasons I made this is I froze extra grilled pineapple when I made my grilled pineapple ice cream, and while I was tempted just to make more ice cream (as it's that good), I decided to experiment.

I debated making a frozen pineapple mojito (as I do love both regular ones and variations like my Pimm's mojito), but then when I saw today was daiquiri day, decision was made.


Sweet cocktail recipes

Got a sweet tooth? Make a fruity coconut cooler, a twist on a classic manhattan or a rich, chocolate martini from our favourite sweet cocktail recipes.

Sweet manhattan cocktail

If you're a whiskey lover, you'll love this sweet manhattan, made with whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Serve with a maraschino cherry and a twist of lemon

Coconut & pineapple cooler

Enjoy this crowd-pleasing tropical cocktail with coconut rum, gin and pineapple juice. It will sit happily in an ice bucket for several hours, ideal for summer barbecues


Easy Pineapple Cocktails

Looking for easy cocktails with just a few simple ingredients? Try these tasty pineapple treats.

Pineapple and Rum

Two ingredients plus ice and stir - easy as can be. You can also shake this up in a cocktail shaker and add a garnish if you like.

Ingredients

Instructions

Pineapple Coffee Cocoa Smoothie

No special techniques here - just a blender is required.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces full fat coconut milk
  • 1½ ounces coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Instructions

Pineapple Spritzer

You can use any hard seltzer for this - so feel free to play with flavors.

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 6 ounces mango flavored hard seltzer (or flavor of your choice)
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice

Instructions


Riesling + Tonic

  • 4 ounces dry German Riesling
  • ½ ounce hibiscus syrup (recipe below)
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 3 drops orange flower water
  • 3 ounces Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic
  • Grapefruit peel, for garnish

In stemless wine glass or rocks glass, combine Riesling, hibiscus syrup, lime juice and orange flower water. Fill with ice, and stir until well-chilled. Add tonic water, and gently stir to combine. Twist grapefruit peel atop drink to express oils. Use peel as garnish.

Steep 1½ tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes. While still hot, add 1 cup sugar. Stir to dissolve. Let cool to room temperature and strain out flowers. Refrigerated, it keeps up to 2 months.

Courtesy Ryan Gannon, Beverage Manager, Cure, New Orleans

Feinherb is an off-dry (slightly sweet) wine style. Halbtrocken (“half-dry”) is a similar Riesling style. Think of these as the Goldilocks of Riesling: not too sweet, not too dry. That means that fruit notes come through, but they’re balanced by plenty of acidity.

In this unusual, tropical-accented variation on the classic Spritz Veneziano, pineapple liqueur takes a key role. It’s bolstered by a German Riesling that features plenty of juicy stone fruit and citrus notes—Gannon recommends Brand Feinherb Riesling. Sparkling wine adds the all-important effervescence.


I seriously need this Rum Runner.

A lot of people get this idea that &ldquofood blogging&rdquo is so fun (that is, once they google food blogging, because the rest of the world still thinks it&rsquos just a really weird fad, like bronies &ndash which is NWS if you go to google that too, but with instagram).

We are all always out at the hottest new restaurant wining and dining our booties off with them there fancy cameras.

Reality check.

It&rsquos Friday night and I just mixed my own frozen cocktail after working overtime this week at my full-time salary-based job. (And yes, I do need to take pictures of it before I can enjoy it) I am eating leftover ribs with my bare hands out of tupperware because one rack of ribs wouldn&rsquot have taken pretty enough pictures so here we are, on night three of leftovers.

But, damn, they are pretty good.

And here I am on a beautiful Friday evening with amazing weather sitting outside staring at 27 photos of crab cakes trying to figure out which one is tantalizing enough for the site and what the heck I am going to say about them that really makes you understand that they were the. best. crab. cakes. ever. and to get you to want to taste test them yourself.

Frozen happiness

But I do have one amazing drink in hand, and am taking a moment to savor how the banana, coconut and raspberry flavors coalesce in my mouth. However crazy this day has been, closing it out with a rum runner on the porch was the best choice possible.

I hope your Friday night is looking a lot more wild and crazy than mine! And if not, I hope it&rsquos just the relaxation you needed to kick off the weekend.

So, in short, I&rsquom pretty lame on a Friday night. But at least I&rsquom a cheap date 😉


11 Slushy, Frozen Cocktails for Hot Summer Days

What’s better than an icy, slushy, frozen drink to cool you down this summer? How about a frozen cocktail for a little ice and fire? Any one of these is the perfect thing to make for a relaxing Labor Day weekend.

You might prioritize different things during hot weather sipping sessions: low alcohol if you want to drink all day, low carbs if you’re anxious about bathing suits, staying on theme with seasonal fruit drinks…but when the temperatures soar, refreshment is the name of the game, and these slushy frozen cocktails have you covered.

They’ll probably give you a little nostalgia buzz, too, if you were one of the many kids for whom the defining beverage of your childhood summers was the 7-Eleven Slurpee. A mixed drink is the defining beverage for being an adult, and when it’s hot out, you can combine the two.

So in the spirit of those long-ago summers, and your all-grown-up love of a boozy drink, we give you 11 slushy cocktails that should get you through the rest of summer. Make sure the ice maker’s switched on, pull out the blender, and brace for the ultimate brain freeze. Most of these recipes call for simple syrup, so make a quick batch of that before you begin, and keep a stash in your fridge for the next month or two.

Vitamix A2300 Series Ascent Blender, $449.95 from Williams Sonoma

Smoothies are great and all, but slushy cocktails are our summer crush.

Pro-tip: If you chill the liquors before using them, your slushies will stay frozen longer. But if you don’t have the time, just be sure to drink them before they melt.

1. Slushy Cheehu Cocktail

Here’s a tropical drink with less-common fruits (lychee and guava), plus maraschino liqueur, which is nothing like those neon-red cherries in jars. It’s got an adult flavor: bitter. Get our Slushy Cheehu Cocktail recipe.

2. Slushy Blended Margarita

Most people like their margaritas one of two ways: on ice or blended. This is a top-shelf way to make a frozen margarita, using 100-percent agave tequila, fresh lime juice, and Cointreau. Get our Slushy Blended Margarita recipe.

3. Slushy Dark & Stormy

Grab a few ginger beers that are reasonably sweet, such as Reed’s Premium Ginger Brew or Bruce Cost Ginger Ale. But please don’t pour it into the drink until after you blend the rest of the ingredients—unless you want to create a more realistic storm in your kitchen! Get our Slushy Dark & Stormy recipe.

4. Slushy Mojito

Mojitos are like all that’s awesome about Miami in one cup. Blending it with ice just means you raised the bar at this South Beach party. Buy the freshest mint you can find. Get our Slushy Mojito recipe.

Reusable Boba & Smoothie Straws, 5 for $7.99 from Amazon

You'll want wide straws for your frozen drinks, but invest in some reusable options for enhanced eco-friendliness (and style, to be honest).

5. Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade

Make a lemonade even better with, no, not iced tea (that would be an Arnold Palmer), but with fresh strawberries and vodka. Get our Slushy Strawberry Vodka Lemonade recipe.

6. Slushy Cherry Old Fashioned

When cherries are in season, grab a pint and make this frothy, fruity concoction that’s got adulting in it too with rye whiskey. And yes, you can put a cherry on top. Get our Slushy Cherry Old Fashioned recipe.

7. Slushy Negroni

Now here’s a frozen cocktail that’s not very sweet, but you’ll still want to play with it. It sings of a sophisticated summer, so go all in and buy a bottle of Campari for it. Get our Slushy Negroni recipe.

8. Frozen Strawberry Margarita

This is such a classic for those who want to celebrate with a sweeter version of the summer stalwart frozen marg—like a strawberry daiquiri except with tequila and lime instead of rum and lemon. Get our Frozen Strawberry Margarita recipe.

9. Slushy Pimm’s Cup

Pimm’s keeps it easy: In a blender, combine 1 1/2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1, 1 ounce gin, and 2 cups ice cubes. Blend on high 15 to 20 seconds. Pour it into a tall glass and garnish with a strawberry. Serves 1.

10. Frozen Pineapple Daiquiri

Starting with frozen pineapple means your drink won’t get watered down by too much ice—and the fruity, tropical flavor will be even better. The dark rum floats on top for a boozy kick, but this is still a refreshing summer sipper. Get our Frozen Pineapple Daiquiri recipe.

11. Slushy Sangria or Fros é

If you prefer to stick with wine in the summer months and the sticks put you off of wine popsicles, slushy frozen sangria is the way to go. Or try the Shantay, You Fros é recipe from Chowhound Editor-at-Large Joey Skladany’s new “Basic Bitchen” cookbook!


Frozen Tom Collins

David Malosh for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne.

Think of this frozen drink as a Tom Collins meets Italian lemon ice: It’s refreshingly sweet-tart, boozy and fully capable of giving you brain freeze in a painfully nostalgic way. Since colder temperatures can shift the way we perceive sweetness, frozen drinks read less sweet on the palate and thus require a bit more added sugar to balance flavors. This recipe employs a final flourish of syrupy maraschino cherries, stirred in to taste. If you’re skipping the cherries or don’t have time to run out to stock up, you can simply add a bit more simple syrup to taste while blending. You’ll lose the brilliant color contrast — and the outright fun of snacking on ice-cold, candylike cherries — but, like most good drinks, this one’s adaptable.


Piña Colada

Prepared by Tristan Mermin, Batiste Rhum

No cocktail book is complete without the inclusion of the piña colada, born in Puerto Rico and the perfect example of how beautifully coconut, pineapple, and rum play together in the glass.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Batiste Rhum Ecoiste Silver (or one of the best rums for piña coladas)
  • 2 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 1.25 oz organic Thai coconut cream
  • .25 oz lime juice
  • .25 oz sugar syrup
  • pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method: Put all the ingredients into a blender with ice and blend. Pour blended drink into any glass you like. Best served to people you really like to have fun with.


Recipe tags

  • 75ml pure pineapple juice
  • 25ml-50ml Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin
  • 50ml coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 125ml (about 5 chunks) frozen pineapple
  • 250ml ice cubes

Optional decorations

  • Your choice pineapple chunks
  • Your choice fresh cherries
  • Your choice toasted coconut
  • 2.6oz pure pineapple juice
  • 0.9oz-1.8oz Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin
  • 1.8oz coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4.4oz (about 5 chunks) frozen pineapple
  • 9oz ice cubes

Optional decorations

  • Your choice pineapple chunks
  • Your choice fresh cherries
  • Your choice toasted coconut