Homemade Pineapple-Infused Vodka for Tropical Drinks

Published April 18, 2022
Pineapple infused vodka on table

Ingredients

  • 1 whole pineapple, peeled and sliced or cubed
  • 750mL vodka
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large clean bottle or jar, add prepared pineapple and vodka.
  2. After capping, swirl container gently.
  3. Store in a cool, dark place for approximately 3 to 4 days, swirling the container gently each day.
  4. Sample by pouring into a glass. If you want more flavor, allow to steep longer.
  5. Carefully remove pineapple and discard.
  6. Pour the infused vodka into the second clean bottle, filtering with the cheesecloth.
  7. Carefully seal.

You can use the infused vodka right away. You can also store unused vodka tightly sealed in a cool, dark place for approximately one to two years without flavor being affected. Discard when the flavor starts to fade or tastes "off."

Variations of Pineapple-Infused Vodka

Pineapple has a smooth and delicious taste, so it goes without saying that it can make friends with just about any other tropical flavor and a few savory ones too!

  • To add a nutty profile to your pineapple vodka, add a half cup of coarsely chopped cashews, macadamia nuts, or walnuts.
  • Keep the tropical vibe going with a cup of fresh, cleaned, sliced apricots or peeled and sliced kiwi. You can also add an entire peeled and sliced mango or half of a sliced coconut.
  • Add two to three cleaned, whole sliced lemons or limes for a citrus touch. Toss in an entire sliced grapefruit or orange, too.
  • Take the pineapple vodka to the next level with three whole cinnamon sticks, a tablespoon of whole cloves, a quarter cup of peeled and sliced fresh ginger, or three sprigs of fresh rosemary.
  • Make your pineapple vodka a little sweeter with a quarter to half cup of maple syrup, twelve unwrapped soft caramel candies, or a teaspoon (up to three!) of brown or white sugar.
  • Kick things into a spicy gear by adding a fresh, sliced jalapeño, omitting any seeds. Not spicy enough? Add another.

Pineapple-Infused Vodka Cocktails

Put your pineapple vodka to work in a riff on a classic cocktail or something a little more modern.

Pineapple Vodka Piña Colada

Vodka Piña Colada

Let pineapple take the lead role in this modified piña colada.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pineapple-infused vodka
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1½ ounces cream of coconut
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pineapple vodka, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Vodka Pineapple Margarita

Vodka Pineapple Margarita

Jump headfirst into a familiar tropical cocktail with the perfect twist. If you want a little heat in yours, muddle 1-2 jalapeño coins.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounce pineapple-infused vodka
  • ½ ounce tequila
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce agave
  • Ice
  • Pineapple leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add pineapple vodka, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pineapple leaves.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

Some days, baked goods just taste better in liquid form, and since you made the pineapple vodka from scratch, it's doubly filled with love.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pineapple-infused vodka
  • ½ ounce vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice
  • ¼ ounce maraschino liqueur
  • Ice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pineapple vodka, vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, and maraschino liqueur.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Pineapple Creamsicle

Pineapple Creamsicle

Follow the dessert theme in a glass, only now you don't need to wait for your popsicle to freeze.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pineapple-infused vodka
  • 1 ounce whipped cream vodka
  • 1½ ounces pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Ice
  • Orange wedge and cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pineapple vodka, whipped cream vodka, pineapple juice, and orange juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange wedge and cherry.

Mixers for Pineapple Vodka Drinks

With just a flick of the wrist and a mixer or two, your infused vodka drink will come to life.

  • Plain club soda
  • Flavored club soda such as lemon, lime, coconut, berry, vanilla, orange, or guava
  • Tonic water
  • Brandy
  • Coconut water
  • Coconut milk
  • Orange liqueur
  • Ginger beer
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Lemonade
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey liqueur
  • Orange juice
  • Passion fruit juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Amaretto
  • Rum
  • Tequila

Pineapple-Infused Vodka for Vacation in a Glass

Take a shortcut to the beach with a bottle of homemade pineapple-infused vodka. With a taste so good and smooth it's good enough to enjoy on its own, you know it'll take any cocktail from a partly sunny day to not a cloud in the sky.

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