Pineapple Vodka Cocktail

Vodka and pineapple juice make the perfect cocktail! Add lime and grenadine for a stunning layered mixed drink.

Pineapple vodka cocktail

Wondering what to make with vodka and pineapple juice? This pair go hand in hand, and we’ve got the best way to mix them up. Try 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 red layer to the bottom of the drink. It’s a simple trick that’s perfect for entertaining! Or skip it if you don’t have the magic ingredient on hand. Here’s what to know!

A similar vodka and pineapple juice cocktail? Try the easy Bay Breeze.

Ingredients in this vodka and pineapple juice cocktail

We’re home mixology experts here at A Couple Cooks, and we have 200+ cocktail recipes to prove it! Many of our recipes are the classics, like the margarita, gimlet or whiskey sour. But some of our recipes are freestyle, which is where this vodka and pineapple juice cocktail comes in! A bottle of pineapple juice was on hand in our fridge from making a pineapple margarita, and we got to thinking: what else could you do with this tropical juice? Alex grabbed a bottle of vodka and went to mixing. He came up with a stunning cocktail that we couldn’t stop sipping. Here’s what you’ll need for this vodka and pineapple juice cocktail:

  • Vodka
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lime juice
  • Grenadine
Vodka and pineapple juce

Grenadine makes a stunning, layered drink!

Yes, grenadine is the secret to the beautiful layers in this vodka and pineapple juice cocktail! Here’s the secret: grenadine is denser than the rest of the cocktail. So all you have to do is pour a bit down the edge of the glass. It settles to the bottom and makes a ruby red layer at the base of the glass. You can skip this step if you don’t have grenadine on hand, but it certainly makes it look lovely.

What’s grenadine? Here’s a bit more about this cocktail ingredient:

  • Grenadine is a sweet tart syrup used in cocktails that’s bright red in color. It’s made out of pomegranate juice! (The name comes from the French word for pomegranate, grenade.)
  • What drinks is grenadine used in? It’s most famous for grenadine drinks like the non-alcoholic Shirley Temple and the vibrant Tequila Sunrise and Singapore Sling.
  • Can you make grenadine at home? Yes! It makes for a much more natural version of grenadine, which can have artificial colors and sweeteners. Go to How to Make Grenadine.
Grenadine syrup
Grenadine is easy to make at home!

How to make a vodka and pineapple juice cocktail

This vodka and pineapple juice cocktail is beyond easy to make! As a slightly lazy mixologist, I personally love cocktails that are mixed in the serving glass. There’s no need to dirty a cocktail shaker for this one. Simply mix it up in the glass, garnish and serve. Here’s what to know:

  • Grab a lowball glass and fill it with ice. Because this cocktail is free form, you could also use a stemmed cocktail glass. You choose!
  • Add the vodka, pineapple juice and lime juice. Give it a stir to chill them.
  • Hold the glass at an angle and pour in a splash of grenadine. Watch as the grenadine settles to the bottom. (Science in action!)
  • Garnish and serve. We used the leaves of a fresh pineapple for a showy presentation. Another option is a few wedges of fresh pineapple.

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this tasty mixed drink. It’s become a favorite around here!

Step it up with clear ice!

Want to make really stunning presentation on this vodka and pineapple juice cocktail? Try making up some clear ice! Clear ice is artisan-style ice that’s crystal clear that you can cut into organic shapes. It dresses up the glass to look even more stunning! All you need is 24 hours and a small cooler to make it at home. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.

Vodka and pineapple juice cocktail

More pineapple cocktails

Love pineapple juice in your mixed drinks? Us too. Here are a few more pineapple juice cocktails to use up the jug:

When to serve a vodka and pineapple juice cocktail

This vodka and pineapple juice cocktail is fun and festive with its stunning layered look! It’s great as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Summer drink
  • Signature cocktail
  • Bridal shower drink or bachelorette party drink
  • Girls night drink
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Pineapple vodka cocktail

Pineapple Vodka Cocktail!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Vodka and pineapple juice make the perfect cocktail! Add lime and grenadine for a stunning layered mixed drink.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (1 teaspoon) lime juice
  • 1 splash grenadine
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • For the garnish: fresh pineapple wedge or pineapple leaves

Instructions

  1. Fill a lowball glass with ice. Add the pineapple juice, vodka and lime juice and stir to combine.
  2. Pour a splash of grenadine along the side of the glass. It will settle to the bottom to make a ruby red layer at the base. Garnish with fresh pineapple or pineapple leaves. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Vodka and pineapple juice

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.

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