Today’s vodka and pineapple juice recipe turns some simple available ingredients into a delicious and refreshing quencher.
The classic blend of vodka and pineapple juice is used as a base while some sugar and lime juice are added to reach the perfect balance of sweet and tang flavor.
And the result is a party punch that is easy to make and surely satisfy the crowd, especially on Tropical Cocktails Day (June 26th).
Is Our Recipe Healthy?
Vodka and pineapple juice always contains some alcohol, so no, we don’t consider it a healthy drink. However, our recipe is formulated to use a moderate and healthy amount of alcohol 1 fl.oz for each serving.
Each serving of this vodka and pineapple juice provides 130 calories. Nearly 50% of that comes from vodka and the rest is from fruit and sugar. You can reduce the calorie content by decreasing the proportion of vodka and sugar in the recipe.
There is no “right” formula for vodka and pineapple juice recipe, you can play with the ingredients and ratio of them in the recipe to find the best that suits your taste.
In our vodka and pineapple juice recipe, vodka offers a nice alcoholic base while its neutral taste provides a generous space for tropical sweetness of pineapple to shine. Since the drink is relatively versatile, there are thousands of combinations worthed a try.
Here we come with some ingredients that can get along nicely with vodka and pineapple juice base.
Orange juice: The mix of orange juice and vodka might remind you of the classic Screwdriver. However, this drink is even more lip-smacking and perfectly balanced with the fresh pineapple juice.
Serve them over ice and you have a simple yet fancy drink for a get-together or party this summer.
Grape juice: If you want your tropical quencher to have a nice touch of sweetness, grapes juice-red, purple, or green- is your best friend. While the original vodka and pineapple juice was mixed with sugar, you can reduce or even remove sugar
Pair the drink with roasted meat in the main meal or drink it whenever you’re craving an easy cocktail.
Cranberry: Berry juice, especially cranberry, is an excellent companion to vodka. It offers a natural tart flavor with a pink hue which refreshes and makes your liquid visually appealing.
Feel free to add some honey and syrup to your drink if you want to balance out the sour note from the berry.
Grapefruit: If pineapple juice is not enough to yield tropical spirit, grapefruit juice is waiting to bring an extra fruity punch. Another good news, no added sweetener is required since grapefruit juice can replace sugar in the recipe.
How to Juice a Pineapple without a Juicer
In case you don’t own a juice extractor at home, there is another method to juice fruit. All you need is a blender, a fine-mesh strainer, and a bowl, and you are on the way to make fresh pineapple juice any time.
Below is a short instruction.
Peel and cut the pineapple into chunks.
Add them into a blender. You can add some water to the blender if the mixture is too thick to blend.
Blend until there are no big chunks remaining, however, the mixture shouldn’t be too silky like a smoothie.
Pour the juice through a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl.
Collect the juice into a pitcher.
How Long Does It Last?
Since vodka and pineapple juice contains alcohol, it should be consumed within the first 2 hours of making for the best quality and flavor.
To prolong your vodka and pineapple juice, keep it in an airtight container. This is to eliminate the oxygen exposure and toxicity, which potentially lower the nutrients in the juice.
Refrigerating can keep the juice fresh for 3 days and for extended shelf life, store it in a freezer for up to 2-3 months. When ready to use, place the juice at room temperature so that it can thaw gradually.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.