Here are all the best pineapple juice cocktails to make with this tropical fruit! Try everything from the margarita to mimosa.
There are lots of fruit juices that make great cocktails. But there’s nothing like the tropical flavor of pineapple juice to add nuance to mixed drinks! After making 200+ cocktail recipes, we’ve come to appreciate the fruity funkiness that only pineapple juice can add to a drink. There are many exciting ways to use this ingredient in drinks! Sure, you can go straightforward with the classic pairing of tequila and lime for a Pineapple Margarita. But you can also it in a supporting role to add nuance to a French Martini or the bittersweet Jungle Bird. Let’s get to mixing, shall we?
First up in our pineapple juice cocktails...the Pineapple Margarita! This tropical drink that marries the perfect combination of pineapple, tequila and lime. Out of all our margarita recipes, this juicy, fruity cocktail has become a favorite. The sweet pineapple goes hand in hand with the sharp bite of the tequila and zingy lime. Add Cointreau orange liqueur to the mix, and it’s a party. You need to add this to your cocktail repertoire…stat.
When it comes to pineapple juice cocktails, the piña colada is up there! It’s got those nostalgic 1990’s chain restaurant vibes, and it’s hard to find a resort that doesn’t have on on the menu. But did you know it’s actually a classic cocktail invented in the 1950’s? Pineapple juice, aged rum and cream of coconut make a sophisticated, intriguing flavor that will become your go-to.
So you love piña coladas? Then you absolutely must try a Painkiller cocktail! This 1970’s tropical drink is a spin on the classic piña colada, but even better. It stars aged rum, cream of coconut, and orange juice, which add intrigue and nuance to this sophisticated drink. Top it off with a little grated nutmeg, and wow! It’s fruity, tropical, and just darn tasty.
Vodka and pineapple juice go hand in hand, and we’ve got the best way to mix them up: this Pineapple Vodka Cocktail! This stunning two-toned drink couldn’t be easier: you don’t even have to dirty a cocktail shaker. Simply mix pineapple, vodka and lime right up in the serving glass and it tastes sublime. Want to take it over the top? Add a brilliant ruby red layer to the bottom of the drink by pouring in a little grenadine.
Looking for a unique tropical drink? Try this Pineapple Rum Cocktail! It's sweet tart, tropical and sophisticated with loads of nuance in the flavor, like a combination between a mojito and the famous Hemingway daiquiri. Make it using any type of rum you have on hand: with aged or dark rum for a classy vibe, or white rum for a straightforward take. It works with pineapple rum too: and tastes even better.
Here’s a pineapple juice cocktail that’s tropical, fruity, and bubby all at once: the Pineapple Mimosa! This spin on the classic brunch cocktail might be even better. Sweet pineapple juice is a unique offset to crisp, dry champagne. The best part? Creamy coconut milk makes a frothy topping so it looks like the bubbles never die! This one is the perfect signature drink for a special brunch or party. In fact, we like it better than the original.
Looking for an easy and refreshing pineapple juice cocktail? Enter: the Bay Breeze! Also called the Hawaiian Sea Breeze, it’s one in a family of cranberry cocktails that have a vivid color and sweet tart flavor. Because the Bay Breeze features the tropical taste of pineapple, it feels carefree and beachy. It’s perfect as a summer cocktail on the patio, or a wintery cocktail when you’re dreaming of the sun’s warmth!
Here’s a sophisticated pineapple juice cocktail that’s calling your name: the French martini! This rose-colored martini is hardly related to the classic dry martini at all. It’s a fruity and balanced, featuring Chambord, a fancy French black raspberry liqueur, and pineapple juice. Each sip is so intriguing and nuanced, it’s hard to put the glass down.
Here’s one of the most unique pineapple juice cocktails: the Jungle Bird! It’s one of the few rum cocktails to pair tropical flavors with an Italian bitter liqueur: Campari. You might know Campari from the ubiquitous Negroni: an ultra dry and bitter drink. But add it to a tropical drink and the effect is surprising! Campari perfectly balances the drink and gives the pineapple and rum drink an intriguing complexity.
Want a classic pineapple juice cocktail that’s fruity and refreshing? Try the Singapore Sling! This one’s for the adventurous drinker because it calls for a whopping 8 ingredients. It’s the longest ingredient list of any of our cocktail recipes and has a few specialty ingredients. But if you want to experience a classic cocktail and don’t mind the challenge: it’s a must try! The combination of fruity, sweet tart and bubbly is intriguingly complex and just plain fun.
Okay with another margarita? Great, because this flavor pairing was simply meant to be: the Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita! This spin on the classic margarita is sweet tart and tropical with a spicy kick. There’s nothing better than fruity pineapple combined with the heat of the mighty jalapeño. Here’s how to harness the magic of these simple flavors and make one of our favorite margarita recipes…ever.
More fruity cocktail recipes
Outside of these pineapple juice cocktails, here are so many great cocktail recipes to try! Here are some of our best drink collections starring fruit juices of all types:
Orange juice: These Orange Juice Cocktails go well beyond the mimosa: try the Tequila Sunrise or a Skinny Margarita.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.