How to Infuse Vodka with Pineapple

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Pineapple-Infused Vodka - make your own!

Making your own pineapple-infused vodka is easy -- and rewarding, if you are a lover of cocktails. I'm not suggesting that anyone actually make vodka. I guess you could, but I don't know how and I believe it is illegal in most states. However, what I do know how to do is turn a bottle of plain old vodka into yummy pineapple-infused vodka.

My husband and I, along with another couple, have long-standing tradition of splurging on a trip to Del Frisco's once a year for steaks and drinks. With dinner we usually order a great red wine, but before dinner, at the bar, we enjoy experimenting with the fun cocktails the bartender whips up for us. During our last Del Frisco's excursion, the bartender made us some fabulous pineapple-flavored drinks that we loved. We just had to get the recipe. My husband got to chatting with the bartender, and he explained that the drinks were simply pineapple-infused vodka shaken with ice and served martini-style. He showed us his huge jar of pineapple that was sitting in vodka, steeping, as the sweet, tropical flavor of the pineapple became infused in the vodka.

Infusing vodka with fresh pineapple flavor is definitely not a quick process. It requires several steps, plus allowing the vodka to sit about two weeks, but the process is actually a fun little project and the results are delicious. Bring a bottle of homemade pineapple-infused vodka to the next party you attend, and you'll make all kinds of friends right away. It's a real icebreaker and conversation starter because everyone wants to taste it and learn how you made it.

Step 1: Line the sides of a large glass jar with pineapple chunks.
Step 1: Line the sides of a large glass jar with pineapple chunks. | Source
Step 2: Pour in the entire bottle of vodka.
Step 2: Pour in the entire bottle of vodka. | Source
Steps 3 and 4: Cover the jar, stow it away in a safe place and allow teh vodka to steep about 10 days to two weeks.
Steps 3 and 4: Cover the jar, stow it away in a safe place and allow the vodka to steep about 10 days to two weeks. | Source
Step 5: Place a funnel in the original vodka bottle.
Step 5: Place a funnel in the original vodka bottle. | Source
Also in step 5: Place a cheesecloth in the funnel.
Also in step 5: Place a cheesecloth in the funnel. | Source
Also in step 5: Pour the vodka through the cheesecloth into the funnel.
Also in step 5: Pour the vodka through the cheesecloth into the funnel. | Source
Step 6: Pour pineapple chunks and remaining vodka into a bowl.
Step 6: Pour pineapple chunks and remaining vodka into a bowl. | Source
Step 6: pour the vodka from the bowl into the bottle.
Step 6: pour the vodka from the bowl into the bottle. | Source
Step 7: Wrap the pineapple chunks in the cheesecloth and squeeze out any remaining juice and vodka.
Step 7: Wrap the pineapple chunks in the cheesecloth and squeeze out any remaining juice and vodka. | Source
Step 8: Pour the vodka from the bottle into the bowl to mix flavors evenly.
Step 8: Pour the vodka from the bottle into the bowl to mix flavors evenly. | Source
Step 9: Return vodka to the bottle.
Step 9: Return vodka to the bottle. | Source

Materials

The equipment you need to make pineapple-infused vodka is nothing exotic, expensive or hard to find. You might even have everything already. You will need:

  • large glass jar (The kind with a spigot at the bottom is helpful but not a must.)
  • large funnel
  • large piece of cheesecloth
  • large glass or ceramic bowl

Ingredients

  • 1.75-litre bottle of vodka, (we prefer Tito's Handmade)
  • 1 large pineapple, cut into large chunks

Instructions

  1. Line the inside walls of a large, empty glass dispenser jar with large pineapple chunks. Stack them in a brick pattern or any other pattern you like. Truthfully, you could just dump the pineapple into the glass jar in a heap or in any fashion at all, but when the fruit is stacked in a nice pattern it makes an attractive addition to your bar or kitchen counter. Also, if the vodka is able to circulate around all sides of the pineapple, it helps the vodka become flavored more thoroughly and quickly.
  2. Pour the entire bottle of vodka into the dispenser jar. Make sure all pineapple chunks are entirely submerged in vodka. Cover the jar tightly. Set aside the empty vodka bottle for later. You can use it to hold your finished pineapple-infused vodka.
  3. Place the jar on your counter top, in your bar or in the pantry. We usually place ours up on the very top self of our pantry to keep any neighbor kids from deciding they need to pour themselves a big glass of "fruit juice." There is no need to refrigerate it because the alcohol in the vodka will preserve the pineapple, keeping it from spoiling or getting moldy.
  4. Allow it to sit for two weeks. If you like, taste the vodka periodically. You may be pleased with the taste before the full two weeks have passed. We have used the pineapple-infused vodka for cocktails as soon as in nine days.
  5. After the two weeks have passed, place a funnel in the opening of the original vodka bottle, then place a piece of cheesecloth into the funnel. Use the dispenser to pour as much of the vodka as possible through the cheesecloth and into bottle. If you wet the cheesecloth with a little vodka, the weight of the vodka will help the cheesecloth stay down in the funnel better, which will prevent both a mess and wasted vodka.
  6. After you've drained all the vodka you can through the spigot, you may find that you have some left in the bottom of the jar. To get this out, we have found that it is easiest to pour the remaining contents of the jar into a bowl, and pour the vodka from the bowl into the bottle.
  7. When all you have left in the bowl is vodka-soaked pineapple chunks, place the pineapple pieces on the cheesecloth, wrap them up tightly in it, and squeeze any remaining vodka and juice into the now-empty bowl.
  8. The vodka that you squeeze from the pineapple will have a much stronger pineapple flavor than the rest. To make the flavor of the entire batch homogenous, pour the vodka from the bottle into the bowl and mix well.
  9. The last thing to do is to pour your pineapple-infused vodka back into the original bottle, or any other bottle of your choosing. It makes great gifts, especially if you have some pretty, smaller bottles you can divide it into.
  10. Store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.

Pineapple vodka drinks can be be dangerously delicious!

Drinks made with pineapple vodka are fruity, fun and fashionable. The pineapple gives drinks that tropical taste that whisks you back to your favorite vacation spot, while the vodka packs plenty of punch. Pineapple vodka drinks can be deceptively delicious, with very little of that strong alcohol taste, so take care when enjoying this liquor. Remember that many of these cocktails, for example the basic pineapple martini, are close to being straight vodka. Hand your car keys to the hostess, pace yourself, keep careful count of how many drinks you've had, and never, ever drink and drive.

Pineapple Vodka Cocktails, Martinis and Shots

There are plenty of lip-licking cocktails you can make with your pineapple-infused vodka.

  • For the easiest pineapple vodka cocktail of all, simply plop a few ice cubes in a highball glass, pour some vodka over the ice, and enjoy. Garnish with a pineapple chunk and a maraschino cherry speared onto a cocktail pick, if desired.
  • Pineapple Martini: Place some ice and pineapple vodka in your cocktail shaker, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. As above, if desired, garnish with pineapple and a maraschino cherry.
  • Pineapple Cosmo: Shake together in a cocktail shaker with ice: 3 ounces pineapple vodka, 1/2 ounce pineapple juice, dash of lime juice, dash of triple sec or grenadine. Strain into martini glass, garnish with a pineapple chunks skewered on a cocktail pick.
  • Tootsie Pop: Shake together with ice: one ounce of pineapple vodka, one ounce of raspberry liqueur and 3/4 ounce pineapple juice. Strain into three shot glasses.
  • Hawaiian Screwdriver: Mix together 1.5 ounces pineapple vodka, 4 ounces orange juice and 2 ounces pineapple juice. Pour over ice into a highball glass.
  • Scooby Snack: Shake together in a shaker with ice: 1.25 ounces coconut rum, 1 ounce Midori melon liqueur, 1.5 ounces pineapple juice, a splash of cream and a splash of pineapple vodka. Strain into a martini glass.
  • Tropical Kick: Mix together 1.5 ounces pineapple vodka, .75 ounce blue curacao, .75 ounce raspberry liqueur, 1.5 ounces coconut rum, Pour over ice into a tall hurricane glass. Fill remainder of glass with pineapple juice.

Did you make pineapple-infused vodka? If so, please rate this recipe!

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GoldenThreadPress 3 years ago

And, might I suggest that with the leftover pineapple, throw it and a little pineapple juice in a blender, place in ice cube trays (you can place a marchino cherry in for effect) or in a cake pan and put it in the freezer. Use the ice cubes as garnish or scrape the pineapple as a tasty granita. But before that--I'll go for one of your excellent drinks!--Voted Up!--Deb


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Yum! Great idea, Deb! I will definitely try that next time. Thanks for commenting and voting up. I appreciate it!


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Kennbug 3 years ago from Escanaba Michigan

Looks awesome!


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Kennbug, it is awesome! It is just sweet enough from the pineapple, but not too sweet and has no added sugar other than the pineapple. It tastes fresh and yummy! Thanks for the compliment and for commenting.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

On national bacon day a friend had a birthday bacon extravaganza and made bacon vodka. ( sounds like he used your recipe) Someone gave him a bottle. The homemade bacon vodka tasted way better than the store bought bacon vodka.

Good instructions.


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Bacon! Now that's a new one with vodka! Well maybe it fits, since flavored vodka and bacon are both huge trends at the moment. I guess someone was bound to think of it eventually. Hopefully they are cooking the bacon first. LOL!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

Apparently the bacon needs to be extra crispy.


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Have you tasted the bacon vodka? I'm so curious about how it tastes!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

While not a vodka gal, it wasn't bad.


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for the info. Interesting... I just might have to try it. Might be good in a Bloody Mary!


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Jmillis2006 3 years ago from North Carolina

This sounds great i am going to try this with summer parties coming up, this vodka sounds like it will be a delicious drink.


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Jmillis2006! We do love it here, and it is perfect for summer. If you make it, let me know how you like ti! Thanks for reading and commenting.


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torrilynn 2 years ago

Seems mightly delicious. Easy steps, long process. Voted up and thanks. :)


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks torrilynn. It is yummy! The process is long, but it is a fun project, and everyone always seems impressed that we made it at home. Cheers!


Julie 2 years ago

The VIP at Del Frisco's is my favorite. They used Svedka clementine vodka. I'm going to try to make it, thanks.


Dmfreitag 2 years ago

After having this drink at del friscos I tried the recipe. It was AWFUL. Cut up pineapple with the core intact, added stoli vodka into a clean dry glass jar and waited 14 days. When I squeezed the pineapple into the mix is was worse?!?! Don't know what I did wrong. Was the pineapple not ripe enough? Should I have discarded the core? Someone mentioned svedka clementine vodka. I'd like to try again but could use some suggestions. Help me obi wan kanobi, you're my only hope!


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas Author

Dmfreitag, I'm so sorry you didn't get good results! I'm thinking it must be that you used the core of the pineapple. I didn't specify not to use it -- my bad! I would try it again without using the core at all (discard it from the very beginning), and tasting the pineapple first to make sure it is sweet and juicy. We have always used Tito's vodka, but using orange-flavored (Svedka clementine) sounds like it would really be good with pineapple flavor added. If you make another batch, whether you use the clementine vodka or plain, let me know how you like it! Thanks for your feedback; I hope you are happier with your next batch!


Dmfreitag 2 years ago

Thanks for the advice. Definitely worth trying again.


PamPeery 2 years ago

I want to make this - the only thing is I want it to last longer than 2 weeks (I don't drink cocktails very often, but when I do I like good ones!). Can I freeze it? I ought to be able to, since vodka freezes well. It might be a little thicker than normal in the freezer, but that's ok, right?


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KarenHC 2 years ago from U.S.

I love this idea of making pineapple infused vodka! It sounds relatively simple, and it would make a good project. If I start now (or soon) I could have it ready before Thanksgiving, and bring it over as a treat for our hosts and the other guests :-)


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

wow that is a fruity vodka. Clever idea


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jcsteele 17 months ago from Florida

I love pineapple so i can see myself making this drink. Good one.


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SmartAndFun 11 months ago from Texas Author

Sure, you can freeze it and it will last longer! Great idea!


MishaQ 7 months ago

This cracked me up!


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SmartAndFun 7 months ago from Texas Author

Hi MishaQ, thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed the article. If you make his recipe, let me know how it turns out!

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