Pineapple Gin Punch

I wish I could go back in time and tell my 21 year old self that I would develop a thing for gin in my early 30s. For a long period of time I thought gin tasted like one of those pine tree air fresheners. My head immediately went to that scene in Seven. Yeah… I was such a brat every time Casey tried to get me to try some. Sorry, honey.

If I liked gin sooner, I wouldn’t have had a whole decade of drinking Jack Daniels under my belt.

Jack Daniels might be the reason why I’m partially crazy. Which is a good thing because you are here now to witness it.

Thank you, Jack Daniels.

I made this Pineapple Gin Punch with my Mexican Popcorn. Wowzers!  Mint, pineapple & lime with gin provides a delightful combination.

It is the opposite of Jack Daniels. It definitely wouldn’t dance on top of a table, shout talk at people about their astrological signs or get mad when their husband says it’s time to go home from a party.

It’s slightly feminine, a bit mature, unexpected and it might have a son named Cooper.

Why is this drink turning into 32 year old Tracy? I told you…I’m crazy.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering!

Blend mint, 1 cup of pineapple juice & sugar together.

GREEN!!

Pour the green stuff in a pitcher with the rest of the pineapple juice.

Juice your limes!

Toss the lime juice in with the minty pineapple mixture.

Fill up your cups with ice. Add a lime wedge in each one. Pour your  juice over the ice.

Now put a shot of gin up in!

One for you, one for me…we can split the third one or let’s invite someone special over.

Now we binge on Mexican Popcorn.

Cheers to HAPPY HOUR!!!

Pineapple Gin Punch

serves 4

recipe adapted from Gourmet Magazine

  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup gin (4 shots total)
  • lime wedges for garnish

Blend 1 cup pineapple juice in a blender with mint and sugar until the mint is finely chopped. Pour mixture into a pitcher and add fresh lime juice and the remaining pineapple juice. Chill until ready to serve. Fill glasses halfway with ice add a shot of gin in each glass and fill the rest of the cup up with juice. Garnish with lime wedges & extra mint.

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  • June 27, 2012

    oh my god!i want one of those right now! :)
    It’s so hot in Portugal!!!

  • Anna
    June 27, 2012

    Hendrick’s is the BEST gin ever, and I tried many before I came to this assumption! Soooo good with cucumber as an alternative to lime.
    Yum!

  • June 27, 2012

    These look fabulous! What a fun cocktail!

  • June 27, 2012

    Im still awed by that popcorn! Seriously!!!!

  • June 27, 2012

    Oh man, I have a surplus of mint right now. This sounds perfect.

  • June 27, 2012

    Ooooh my gosh, that description of Jack Daniels is so spot on. Hi.Larious. Pretty much the same with gin, except I do not have a son named Cooper (but how crazy would that be??).

    Also, this looks delicious. Yum!

  • June 27, 2012

    Um. Yum. It’s supposed to be 103 here this weekend. These are happening. Thank you!

  • June 27, 2012

    Don’t skirt around the issue. You know that third glass is for T-Flo.

    P.S. – Looks amazing. Must purchase gin.

  • June 27, 2012

    I once took 10 shots of gin and got really sick, so I haven’t been able to even smell gin for awhile. But recently I’ve been trying to like it more…I can handle it very watered down when it’s mixed with lots of other flavors. Maybe I’ll try this one soon! Also, I LOVE the font in the first photo for the word “pineapple” – what font is it?!

  • June 27, 2012

    HOLY CRAP!
    I need this NOW.

  • June 27, 2012

    Oh geez. I’ll bring my own jar if you’ll make me, I MEAN US a batch.

    • Tracy
      June 27, 2012

      one batch for me….one batch for you! deal.

  • June 27, 2012

    I want to patio-drink these up!

    PS your Jack Daniels is my Tequila. I’ve been known to shout at overly friendly dudes that “hey, we’re married, guy!” and trade my shoes with random bar goers.

  • June 27, 2012

    i’ve never had gin but now i can’t wait for the liquor store to open!

  • Emily D.
    June 27, 2012

    I am so glad 21 year old me (aka last year me) liked gin right away because these look duhlicious.

    • Tracy
      June 27, 2012

      You are living right!

  • June 27, 2012

    No kidding, so perfect to wash down that mexican popcorn with. I’m adding pineapple juice to my list. Thanks!

  • June 27, 2012

    I think it’s just a “thing” – waiting until you’re older and wisher to like gin.
    This drink has all my favorites, and it sounds like I need the Mexican Popcorn to go with.

  • June 27, 2012

    In the last year I’ve started to develop a deep love for gin. This cocktail looks/sounds awesome! I can’t wait to try it!!

  • Tanja
    June 27, 2012

    Sippin’ away.. very yum! We added more gin *cogh* Hi from Germany!

    • Tracy
      June 27, 2012

      Whoa! Already??!! Cheers!!

      • Tanja
        June 27, 2012

        Well it’s almot 8 pm here :D

  • Pineapple and gin is one of the best combos! This beverage is perfect for pool parties!

  • June 27, 2012

    Oh, wow. The little bits of mint are so pretty! It took me a while to get into gin, too and now there’s no going back :) Gin 4 life!

  • June 27, 2012

    This sounds perfect for summer! I’m picturing long, lazy afternoons lying around in the backyard with a big frosty pitcher. :) I think everyone takes awhile to get to the gin phase of liquor taste, considering childhood sweet-heavy palates etc. No worries there!

  • Yum. This sounds much better than the way I had gin in high school (with Squirt and Hawaiian Punch)!

  • June 27, 2012

    New Tracy catchphrase?
    “Shot of gin up in”

  • June 27, 2012

    holy moly. I want these immediately. 5 of them. yummmmm

  • June 27, 2012

    Yum, so many of my favorite things. Now I just have to find someone to make it for me and bring me a glass to the hammock where I’m camping out this week.

  • June 27, 2012

    This is so what I would like to be drinking right at this moment!

  • Merideth
    June 27, 2012

    I was the SAME way about gin until Easter this year… I just turned 30. Weird – is it something about the 30′s that makes it happen. These look amazing! :)

  • June 28, 2012

    I know EXACTLY what you mean about discovering gin. I felt the same way when I decided to give Gin a try after reading your blog. My thoughts: Why oh why did I waste all those years ordering a vodka martini? Why did I think that Vodka & I make a match made in heaven??
    Thank you for introducing me to Gin & I look forward to trying out this recipe over the weekend!!

  • mary
    June 28, 2012

    i made this recipe and LOVED it. ran out of gin, so i used tequila with the second round. equally as good. will try with vodka next.
    thank you!!!!!!!

  • Kat
    June 28, 2012

    I have not had gin since my 21st birthday. It was my last drink that night and I have not ever gone back. Until now! I must try this immediately. Thanks!

  • and this is about to be bookmarked under “post pregnancy”.

  • As someone who is just learning that she loves whiskey and gin, I’m super pumped to give this a shot. Because gin and pineapple juice sounds like a perfect combination to me… Thanks, lady!

  • julie
    July 8, 2012

    made these for the 4th and they were awesome cocktails! thanks for the idea!!!

  • Caitlin
    July 16, 2012

    love the jack daniels as younger drinking you! haha

    • Tracy
      July 16, 2012

      It’s funny cuz it’s TRUE!

  • Bethany
    December 20, 2013

    So what first got you started drinking gin? We have a partially stocked bar at home which includes gin for the Boyfriends ever favorite LIT. Trying to find other uses for it. I’ve done a blackberry bramble and it was “ok” (not a big fan of gin obviously…I think it’s from too much time spent making martinis at work lol) Just curious for a good “intro to gin” drink for us non gin drinkers.

    • Tracy
      December 20, 2013

      I tried it with ginger ale instead of tonic and was SOLD.

  • Selbyggen
    July 26, 2014

    Fiancè tried this om me and we’re now going to serve this to around 75 guests as a welcome drink to our wedding in August. We love it!

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