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Quick Pineapple Simple Syrup

Pineapple simple syrup is a great way to enjoy the tropical flavor of fresh pineapple all year round. This ultra easy recipe uses just two ingredients, and whether you have a whole fresh pineapple or just bottled juice on hand, I have the perfect pineapple syrup for you!

What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is the sweet liquid that’s produced by combining equal parts sugar and water. The “simple” refers to the ratio of ingredients, one-to-one. If you mix two parts sugar to one part water, that’s known as rich simple syrup. Rich simple syrup is sweeter but it also have a much different, silky texture.

vintage glass bottle filled with yellow syrup.

Fruit flavored simple syrups can be easily made by adding two parts of fresh or frozen fruit to a mixture of one part sugar and one part water. The fruit can either be muddled or cooked into the simple syrup base, depending on preference.

I like to muddle the fruit into simple syrup when I want to preserve the fresh flavor of the fruit, like with my Fresh Raspberry Simple Syrup. Berries in particular have a very different flavor when they are fresh versus cooked. A berry simple syrup that is cooked will taste more like berry jam, whereas a muddled syrup will taste more like sweetened fresh berries.

How to make the syrup

Pineapple is a great fruit for cocktail syrups because it tastes just as good whether it is freshly juiced or cooked. An example of a fruit that doesn’t hold up well to heat is watermelon.

pouring a metal measuring cup of sugar into a mixing glass.

When deciding which method you’ll use for your pineapple syrup, consider how much time you want to spend, as a cooked syrup takes a little bit longer.

With fresh pineapple

To make pineapple simple syrup with fresh pineapple, begin by peeling, coring, and measuring out two cups of pineapple chunks.

At this point, you have two options: press the juices or cook the pineapple in the syrup.

You can press the juices from the fruit by mashing it with a muddler or a potato masher, running the fruit through a juicer, or even using an elbow-style citrus squeezer. The strained juice is then added to one cup of sugar and one cup of hot water. We’ll use hot water to help the sugar dissolve more readily.

pouring bright yellow syrup through a funnel into an etched glass bottle.

Alternatively, you can add one cup of water, one cup of sugar, and your two cups of pineapple chunks to a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil on the stove. Stir frequently to dissolve all of the sugar. Once the liquid is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until flavorful.

Remove the mix from the heat and allow it to cool fully before straining out the pineapple. Store your finished syrup in a clean, covered glass bottle or jar for up to two weeks.

With pineapple juice

If you don’t have a fresh pineapple, you can still make pineapple syrup using canned or bottled pineapple juice from the store. Just be sure that the juice is not sweetened or adulterated (for example, a juice blend).

a pineapple next to a jug of yellow syrup and a container of white sugar.

For this syrup (which is technically not a simple syrup, as it lacks water), you’ll combine one part pineapple juice with one part sugar. That’s it!

Add both ingredients to a measuring cup or mason jar and stir (or close the lid and shake) until all of the sugar has dissolved. It doesn’t take too long, and you’ll have a very flavorful (although slightly sweeter) pineapple syrup.

Ways to use pineapple simple syrup

This syrup is almost as versatile as a basic simple syrup and can elevate simple drinks like iced tea or lemonade, or be used in cocktails.

You can use this syrup in any cocktail recipe that uses simple syrup and sounds like it would mesh well with the flavor of pineapple. Simply replace the simple syrup with an equal measure of your pineapple syrup. Some examples are:

Pineapple Daiquiri

The Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail that combines rum, lime, and simple syrup. Easily make it a Pineapple Daiquiri by swapping the syrup! This one is especially good with a quality aged rum or even a rhum agricole.

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz pineapple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled, then strain the liquid into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel or a wedge of pineapple.

Pineapple Gimlet

The Gimlet is a classic gin (or vodka) cocktail that is traditionally made with a lime cordial (sweetened lime juice). Modern interpretations of the Gimlet use equal proportions of lime juice and simple syrup to give a similar flavor, but with much more freshness. Swap the plain simple syrup for pineapple and use vodka for a tropical twist on the classic.

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz pineapple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 with ice. Shake until thoroughly chilled, then strain the liquid into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Pineapple Mojito

The Mojito is a beloved Cuban rum cocktail that showcases the refreshing flavor pairing of lime and mint. Simple syrup or plain sugar are used to sweeten the drink, but you can use pineapple syrup instead for an even more tropical experience. Make sure you have plenty of fresh mint and very cold soda water and this one is sure to be a hit!

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz pineapple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 8-10 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Soda water

In a highball glass, gently muddle your mint leaves with pineapple syrup. Add the rum and lime juice, then fill the glass with ice. Stir with a bar spoon until chilled. Top with cold soda water, stir gently, and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve with a straw.

Missionary's Downfall cocktail garnished with mint leaves.

Note: If you prefer a shaken Mojito (no mint floating in the glass), simply add the first four ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 with ice. Shake until chilled, then double strain with a fine mesh strainer into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda water, stir gently, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Pineapple Lemonade or Limeade

Pineapple lemonade or limeade is a delicious drink that can be enjoyed by all ages! Combine all ingredients over ice and garnish with pineapple or citrus.

This recipe can be made by the pitcherful by combining 1 cup of lemon or lime juice and 1 cup of pineapple syrup in a large pitcher filled halfway with ice. Top with cold still or sparkling water and stir to combine. Serve over ice.

  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple syrup
  • 1 1/2 lemon or lime juice
  • 8-10 oz soda water

Pineapple Old Fashioned

Yes, even an Old Fashioned can be made tropical with this pineapple syrup! Replace the sugar cube or simple syrup with a quarter ounce (or a half ounce if you like it sweeter) and season with a couple dashes of your favorite bitters.

  • 2 oz whiskey or aged rum
  • 1/4 – 1/2 oz pineapple syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters of choice

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill it 3/4 with ice. Stir until very cold, at least 30 times. Strain the liquid into a rocks glass over ice or one large cube. Garnish with an expressed orange peel.

Pineapple Margarita

The Margarita is a natural fit for pineapple syrup, and this easy recipe is delicious with both tequila and mezcal. Tip: make it a Spicy Pineapple Margarita by muddling a couple slices of fresh jalapeno in the cocktail shaker with the lime juice, then add the remaining ingredients. Add ice, shake, and double strain with a fine mesh strainer.

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  • 2 oz tequila or mezcal
  • 1 oz pineapple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Pinch of salt or salted rim, optional

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 with ice. Shake until chilled, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime or pineapple.

What flavors pair well with pineapple?

Many more flavors pair really well with pineapple than the ones I’ve suggested above. Heres’ a list of some top choices when making your own drinks with pineapple syrup:

  • Coconut
  • Chili peppers
  • Ginger
  • Basil
  • Vanilla
  • Star anise
bright yellow syrup in a fancy etched glass bottle.

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yellow syrup in a glass bottle next to a pineapple.

Pineapple Simple Syrup Recipe

Amy Traynor
This easy pineapple syrup recipe covers three different ways to make pineapple syrup for cocktails and other drinks. Whether you have fresh pineapple or pineapple juice, you can easily make a delicious pineapple syrup!
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients
  

With fresh pineapple:

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

With pineapple juice:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice unsweetened
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions
 

With fresh pineapple:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stir frequently to dissolve all of the sugar.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and all the mixture to cool fully before straining the pineapple from the syrup.
  • Store the finished syrup in a covered, clean glass jar or bottle for up to two weeks.

With pineapple juice:

  • Combine the juice and sugar in a mason jar or large measuring cup.
  • Stir (or close the lid and shake) until all of the sugar has dissolved.
  • Store in a covered, clean glass jar or bottle for up to two weeks.
Keyword cocktail syrups, pineapple, simple syrup
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