Variations and Substitutions
There are plenty of other ways to make a pineapple daiquiri happen. Here are a few ideas.
- Swap in pineapple liqueur instead of using pineapple juice.
- Add extra lime juice for a slightly tarter flavor.
- Use less simple syrup, or skip it altogether, to avoid any sweetness. Alternatively, use more if you want yours on the sweeter side.
- Opt for plantation rum for a smoother, caramel flavor.
- Instead of silver rum, try pineapple rum, either store-bought or infused.
If you don't have fresh pineapple on hand or you're looking for something simpler, consider some of these garnish options.
- Use a citrus garnish, a lime or lemon wheel, wedge, or slice is a great substitution.
- Use a lime or lemon ribbon, twist, or peel for a lighter citrus touch.
- A dehydrated citrus wheel gives the daiquiri a unique look.
- Pierce several small pineapple pieces with a cocktail skewer to keep the pineapple garnish.
About the Pineapple Daiquiri
Separately, the daiquiri and pineapple both share spurious reputations. While the souls who brought around the evolution of the daiquiri had good intentions, the daiquiri did, unfortunately, end up being misunderstood. The daiquiri is nothing more than rum, lime juice, and sugar- sometimes a simple syrup and other times demerara, a brown sugar made from sugarcane.
Pineapple, often assumed to be a native plant of Hawaii, isn't native at all. It's a South American fruit that was introduced to Hawaii by the Spanish in the early 1800s. In 1886, a Massachusetts native created the first pineapple plantation. The man? James Dole.
A Daiquiri, But Make It More Tropical
There's always plenty of room for experimentation and play when it comes to a classic cocktail. With the pineapple daiquiri, there's no wrong way to achieve that sip of juicy sunshine, so play the day away. In fact, there are many more white rum cocktails you'll want to try. They are refreshing and so delicious!