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Pineapple Sangria

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings

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Nothing says summertime with friends quite like a big pitcher of a refreshing Pineapple Sangria!

Pineapple Sangria

It’s Friday before a long weekend and I thought the best send-off gift I can give you is a new pitcher cocktail recipe! In the spirit of embracing all things summer fruit related, I turned to the sweet, tropical pineapple. Pineapples are interesting fruits. In fact, I think I know more interesting facts about pineapples than I do most other fruits. For example, did you know that the best place to smell for ripeness is the bottom end? If it smells sweet and pineapple-y, then you’ve probably got a good one! Another interesting fact, pineapple has a special enzyme called bromelain! It’s a proteolytic enzyme, meaning that it digests protein. It has been used in the past to help aid with digestion, but it is ALSO the reason your pineapple gummies never set. THAT’S RIGHT, if you try to make gummies with gelatin and pineapple, the bromelain will digest the proteins and your gummies will not set.

The proteolytic bromelain is also the reason why the roof of your mouth may start to sting a bit if you eat a bit too much fresh pineapple.

Neat, huh?

Pineapple Sangria
Pineapple Sangria
Pineapple Sangria

Now, let’s talk cocktail! I was asked onto a local morning show this week (SA Living with Shelly Miles here in San Antonio, TX), and they requested that I come with a pitcher cocktail. Because I’ve already made my Sparkling Peach Sangria on air before, I knew it was time to add another recipe to the lineup. Inspired by all the lovely pineapples and the abundance of basil in my backyard, I got to work on a tropical mix.

This pineapple sangria is simple and customizable. Feel free to use it as a template to make all your wild sangria dreams come true! This version starts off with some fresh pineapple slices, a handful of fresh basil, some 100% pineapple juice (you can usually find it at Whole Foods, among other stores), a bottle of white wine, a bottle of ginger beer (for tasty effervescence), a few (or several) glugs of rum, and a splash of fresh lemon juice (for a different kind of tart-centered accent).

Give the whole mix a whirl, let it set until your guests arrive, and serve the pineapple sangria over crushed ice. If you really want to be fancy, you can garnish with a fresh slice of pineapple and fresh sprig of basil!

Pineapple Sangria
Pineapple Sangria

A note on the white wine

I opted for a riesling (sweet) for this pitcher, but if you prefer less-sweet drinks, know that a pino grigio or chardonnay are also good choices.

Enjoy and happy pitcher cocktailing!

Wine marg on ice in a glass half lined with salt with lime wedges and ice cubes on the table around the glass.

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Pineapple Sangria

By: Cassy
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 of a pineapple cut into pieces
  • 4 large sprigs of fresh basil
  • 3 cups 100% pineapple juice
  • 1/2-1 cup rum
  • 1 bottle white wine – riesling for a sweeter sangria
  • 1 bottle of ginger beer – may substitute with sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • Place half of the pineapple slices and basil sprigs in the bottom of a large pitcher.
  • Pour the rest of the liquid ingredients in and stir. Serve immediately or let the flavors meld overnight.
  • Serve over crushed ice in glasses garnished by pineapple and fresh basil.
  • Enjoy!

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Cassy Joy Garcia

HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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  1. Debbie says

    Debbie —  07/01/2017 At 13:18

    Looks fantastic!

  2. Erin says

    Erin —  07/04/2017 At 05:05

    It looks so refreshing!

  3. Karly says

    Karly —  07/07/2017 At 06:32

    Hellooooo Friday! Okay, Friday morning, but still- it’s FRIDAY! 🙂 This looks SO good. The perfect drink to sip poolside!

  4. Asriel Krupp says

    Asriel Krupp —  05/31/2020 At 11:11

    This is so good! I let it soak in the fridge overnight and it is so smooth and delicious! Perfect for the beach!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  06/01/2020 At 08:10

      YUM! We’re glad you love it, Asriel!

    • Perla says

      Perla —  09/01/2022 At 12:49

      Hi there,

      Do you use white rum for this?

    • Melissa Guevara says

      Melissa Guevara —  09/02/2022 At 09:31

      Hi Perla, we used a lighter, gold rum in the recipe, but you can use your rum of choice! Bearing in mind that the color of the cocktail will be slightly different if you use a darker rum. Enjoy! -Team FF

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