Grilled pineapple syrup and dark rum….mix that together with a squeeze of fresh lime – and you get a Pineapple Curacao Daiquiri.
Here´s a tropical libation from St Croix in the Caribbean – made by my friend Jesse Card at St Croix Libation Society where he promote all things rum in the first place and all things booze related. He once also featured one of my drinks and now is the time for me to feature a good libation of his – and this one is a right up my alley because it contains grilled pineapple which is something i like a lot. Jesse also did feature this drink on one of my fav websites – Uncommon Caribbean.
Jesse is originally from Portland, Oregon and moved to St Croix about six years ago.
Trying to be honest & authentic behind the bar, he says it’s all about listening to the guest on the other side that matters – “Just because I love bitters doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t get that Cosmo they’re craving”
Jesse is the Beverage Director at the new Low Life Bar & Refuge, opening this summer on the Christiansted Boardwalk of beautiful St. Croix. And one more thing – he puts up a wicked karaoke show….trust me, i´ve seen it in New Orleans – last summer he made the Saint bar ROCK!
I tried the grilled pineapple daiquiri with a good rum – St Nicholas Abbey 12 yo from Barbados (1 oz) and paired it with 1 oz of the strong Jamaican funky rum Smith and Cross – plus fresh lime and the grilled pineapple syrup - hmmm………..it was good….
So here is how – and if you don´t have these rums you can use any GOOD aged dark rum, like Appleton Extra for example – but i really think the Smith and Cross adds some funk and punch to this drink!
A demerara rum would be very good too – try it with El Dorado 12 yo. Jesse used Cruzan rum – of course – he lives on st Croix after all – but i don´t have that rum so i used the others and the result was very good and as with any daiquiri for that matter – it´s REALLY important to use a good quality rum – skip cheap rums with this!
GRILLED PINEAPPLE CURACAO DAIQUIRI
2 cups demerera sugar
1 cup water
a few limes
clement creole shrubb (or cointreau)
So start with the pineapple…peel and cut out 3 rings, two for the syrup and one for garnish.
Make a simple syrup by adding 2:1 ratio of sugar and water, use a dark demerara sugar and combine in a sauce pan over high heat. Stir it around for a few minutes until the sugar is pretty well dissolved. With the ratio 2:1 you`ll get a rich syrup.
Now to get some flavor, add 2 of the pineapple rings and coat them with the syrup so when we grill it we get a nice caramelization. Now, set the syrup aside for a while and start grilling the syrup coated pineapple rings on a hot grill and let them get that nice slightly charred look.
After grilling is done add them back to your syrup. Heat your syrup back up to a simmer and let it reduce for 15 minutes or so by about a quarter. Remove the pineapple and set the syrup aside to cool.
Combine over ice in a tall glass:
* 1 oz of your fresh grilled pineapple syrup
* 2 oz good dark rum
* 1 oz creole shrubb or cointreau
* 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
* 1 dash angostura bitters
Shake hard and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.