Summer is coming, dear guests! And with it, its cohort of outdoor lunches, barbecues and picnics. Let us stray away from classic cocktails and look at more recently created recipes. Designed for afternoon aperitifs as well as brunches and relaxed summery lunches, the Pineapple Cooler is a light and fruity mix, created to accompany drinkers throughout their meal with moderate levels of alcohol. Though I more rarely have the occasion to serve it as an evening bar drink, quite a few fellow bartenders working restaurant bars have told me that it is a guest favourite. I personally enjoy mixing it at home during the week-end, while receiving guests over the afternoon – as it is appreciated by most, without distinction of age and gender.
Here is how to prepare your Pineapple Cooler for one person:
- 3oz (90ml) fresh white wine
- 3oz (90ml) pineapple juice
- 1/2oz (15ml) fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Sparkling water or club soda
- 1 lemon zest
In a shaker on crushed ice, mix all ingredients except for the lemon zest and the sparkling water. Serve in a chilled lemonade glass, over ice cubes, and fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water. Stir and garnish with the lemon zest.
For several guests – or to accompany a meal – it is recommended to slightly adjust the preparation as well, of course, as the quantities. Use 12oz of white wine and pineapple juice, and 6oz of fresh lemon juice. Mix in a pitcher and chill for at least 30 min before serving (though I would recommend preparing and chilling as early as 12 hours before). Upon serving, transfer to different pitchers, and add sparkling water and ice cubes. An interesting and tasteful variation is to add fresh strawberries to the mix just before serving – at your discretion.
As you can see, dear guests, this drink is not only delightful but also easy to make at home. Do try it, by all means, and let me know your impressions!