Pineapple Mint Julep

Pineapple Mint Julep

Pineapple mixes well with just about all spirits, adding sweetness and strong flavor to almost any cocktail you concoct with it. Here at the Consumatorium, we love using pineapple for all kinds of drinks and infusions, especially in the summer. So, it’s no surprise that while enjoying a Mint Julep the other day, I thought about how good one would taste with the addition of pineapple juice. My goal was to not only make a great variant of the classic Mint Julep, but also to create a drink for those who like their cocktails a bit less boozy. After some experimentation – it didn’t take a lot – I came up with a terrific tasting drink that can be enjoyed by one and all with slight variations. As with most new cocktail creations, it turns out that this is hardly unique. That said, it’s worth reading on to check out our suggestions on how to mix this drink to best fit the guests you are serving.

Pineapple Mint Julep Recipe

Rocks Glass
  • 2 oz Bourbon (I used Bulleit)
  • 1/4 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 5 Mint Leaves
  • Mint Sprig for Garnish

While you certainly can use a separate mixing vessel for this drink, it is best prepared in the glass you will serve it in. Pour the simple syrup into the glass and add three mint leaves. Very gently muddle the leaves in the syrup with a muddler or a spoon. The reason you want to go gently is that the veins of the leaves contain chlorophyll and chlorophyll is bitter. Bitter doesn’t belong in this cocktail, so gently press down on the leaves and give a slight twist. Don’t crush ’em.

 

Fill the glass about 2/3rds of the way with crushed ice and add the Bourbon and Pineapple. Now, take the two remaining leaves, put them in your palm and slap them. Yes, that’s what I said. Again, you don’t want to mess with the chlorophyll. You’ll be amazed at how strong the minty aroma from the leaves is by (mis)treating them this way. Lay the leaves on the drink, you want the person drinking your cocktail to get a nose full of the mint. Finally, add a sprig of mint leaves for show.

Making the drink according to this recipe results in a slightly boozy cocktail in which the taste of the Bourbon comes proudly through. If you’re looking for a less boozy tasting variation, just increase the simple syrup to 1/2-3/4 oz (that’s total, not incremental). You can increase the pineapple instead or as well, of course, but then the pineapple taste completely dominates everything else in the drink.

By the way, if you want to take this drink from great to mind-blowing, replace the simple syrup in this recipe with Mint Simple Syrup. It requires a little more preparation, but it’s totally worth it if you have the time.

Why You’ll Like the Pineapple Mint Julep

A bit sweet and incredibly flavorful with options to make as a true Bourbon-forward drink or a lighter cocktail. What more could you want? It’s a lighter take on the Mint Julep, bringing even more summer into what already is a summer drink. 

Billionaire Cocktail

Billionaire Cocktail - Consumatorium

I had a Billionaire Cocktail a few months ago at Employees Only, a terrific craft cocktail bar in NYC. I loved it when I tried it and made it a few times after returning from the City. Unfortunately, it got lost in the shuffle of new drinks that I was creating at my home bar. I thought about it again last week and mixed one up . . . then another . . . then another. Now, I don’t know why I stopped making these. It is a really terrific drink. 

The Billionaire Cocktail is a more complex variant of a Sazerac. While that’s probably stretching an analogy too far, it takes the Whiskey, Absinthe and simple syrup of the Saz and adds the complementary, but somewhat offsetting flavors of grenadine and lemon juice. 

Billionaire Cocktail Recipe

Shaker - ConsumatoriumCoupe - Consumatorium
  • 2 oz Bourbon (the high-proof stuff like 107-proof Baker’s is in the original recipe, but lower octane varieties work well too. More on this later)
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine Syrup (use the good stuff – just pomegranate, sugar and water)
  • 1/4 oz Absinthe
  • Lemon Wheel for garnish

Combine all liquid ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker and shake until very cold. Serve in a coupe glass with the lemon wheel floating on top.

The true taste of this drink has the high-proof Bourbon punching through. This is needed to offset the strong dosage (1/4 oz) of Absinthe in the recipe. If you don’t have any of the higher-proof Bourbon around, you can still enjoy the drink. Increase the Bourbon measure to 2-1/4 oz and cut the Absinthe in half, to 1/8 oz, otherwise you’ll be thinking you’ve got a licorice garnish in there as well. You may also want to cut back on the simple syrup a bit, although you should leave the grenadine alone. The recipe using the lower-proof Bourbon can taste a little on the sweet side to some people.

A word on Grenadine Syrup. Some store bought grenadine syrups are overly sweetened with corn syrup and others are a mixture of a variety of synthetic fruits. The original grenadine syrup was made from pomegranate juice and sugar. The more true you stay to this original recipe, the closer your drinks will taste to how they were intended. We suggest Stirrings Grenadine or Sonoma Syrup Company Grenadine, but similar syrups made from pomegranate and sugar will have the same taste and texture.

Why You’ll Like the Billionaire Cocktail

There’s no doubt that this is a boozy drink. Still, the first taste is fruity and light. As you drink the cocktail, more flavors appear and the complexity of the cocktail comes through. Even those who aren’t real whiskey lovers will still find many tatses to enjoy in this cocktail. While whiskey is the base, it’s not in your face in any way. The Absinthe, pastis flavor, as always, is hard to ignore. If you like that hint of licorice in your cocktails, you’ll find it here. It’s just a wonderful combination of flavors that goes down a little too fast. You might want to double up so you have a spare.

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