This BBQ season, grilling and rum-drinking opportunities are a perfect fit. Feel free to push the trendy smoky cocktail forward by taking ingredients from grill to glass. If you love full-flavored cocktails with a subtle smoky element than this recipe featuring charred, lightly caramelized pineapple, vanilla, and white rum is the one for you.
Recipe adapted from Marshall Altier, Jbird Cocktails, NYC
Compliments of TastingTable.com
Yield: 1 drink
Cook Time:15 minutes
3 wedges fresh pineapple
⅛ vanilla bean or 2 dashes pure vanilla extract
¾ ounces simple syrup (1:1 ratio)
2 ounces white rum, preferably Denizen
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Grill the pineapple wedges to achieve grill marks. (The natural sugars in the pineapple will caramelize.)
2. In a glass, muddle 2 wedges of the grilled pineapple with the vanilla bean and simple syrup. Pour the rum and lime juice into a shaker. Add ice and shake. Double-strain into a cocktail glass.
3. Dust the remaining pineapple wedge with black pepper and use to garnish the drink. Serve immediately.