Design Recipes

The Piña Picante Cocktail

May 2, 2017

I’m not sure exactly what’s going on with the weather we have been having in San Francisco – it’s gone from what felt like winter to what feels like the middle of summer in a few short days.  It’s bringing on daydreams of hours spent at the beach and summery cocktails.  No matter the weather, hands down, whenever I pick up a cocktail menu, I scan for a spicy concoction. Even when it’s hot outside, they are a great option as the spiciness keeps you from drinking too quickly. Typically, I shy away from sweet drinks, but the spice brings a nice balance to this pineapple drink.  This cocktail reminds me of being on vacation, and while I can’t take one just yet, sipping on this drink makes me feel like I’m already away.  Who doesn’t want that?

Whenever I make a drink, I love to garnish it with the main ingredient that is in the cocktail. For this drink, to make it spicy I’ve chosen to shake a dash of cayenne pepper on the top along with a slice of pineapple.

The Piña Picante

Ingredients {serves 2}

6 ounces fresh pineapple pure {fresh is best but you can use frozen canned pineapple pure}

Pineapple slices for garnish

3-ounces of vodka

2-ounces of coconut water

Cayenne – add a dash or two according to your taste {or use this, which I’m obsessed with}

1/2 ounce of fresh lime juice

Ice {for shaker and glassware}


Blend frozen pineapple or fresh pineapple in a blender, add to a cocktail shaker, add ice and pour over all ingredients, leaving the mint and a slice of pineapple {per drink} for garnish to the side. Shake well and pour over ice {i like to use one large ice cube per drink}. Garnish with a dash of cayenne pepper and a slice of pineapple and serve.

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