MxMo Pineapple: The Fruits of Relaxation

Well it’s MxMo time again and I was heartbroken to miss the last one. However when pineapple by Thiago of Bartending Notes is the theme I’m honor bound to answer the call. We really go through pineapples around here, just about all the juice we use is fresh unless we’re making Jungle Birds. It’s hard not to love the fruit that cools in spicy dishes and caramelizes so well on the grill. The official fruit of the amazing detective comedy Psych, and a crucial ingredient in many Tiki drinks.

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When I started out making this drink I began with pineapple and pomegranate. In my mind I saw a “blood” of the pineapple filling the golden vessel. Perhaps we will achieve that another day. This drink was a week long battle with balance and my liver at that. Hala is Hawaiian for fruit, and luana is Hawaiian for relaxing. The liquid content of this fruit will relax you. Indeed it may lay you out on the lawn in your brand new tartan boxers, not that I know anything about that. Lets just say for the record it packs a wallop in the booze category.

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The flavors are a product of all of my favorite pineapple pairings. Jamaican rum and pineapple are always good friends. Hoppy American IPA’s and Pineapple are a flavor romance for the ages. Fortified by lime and grapefruit we threw in Lemon Hart to give it some KAPOW. Originally this drink depended on cinnamon syrup instead of passion fruit but it dominated to much. The replacement finally allowed other flavors to burst through like a baby turtle through a shell. We present you with two recipes below, the first my favorite, the second a fruity funky version that has some merit. The differences are very minor, but the results are very different.

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Hala Luana (For Rummies)
1 oz Appleton Special
1 oz Appleton 12 year Dark Jamaican Rum
¾ oz Lemon Hart 151
1 oz fresh pineapple juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz white grapefruit juice (This time a year you’ll have to get it bottled)
½ oz grenadine (pomegranate syrup)
½ oz passion fruit syrup
1 generous dash Bittermen’s Elemakule Bitters
1 oz American IPA beer (We used Sam Adams Rebel IPA)

Add all ingredients except the beer to a shaker tin and shake well. Add IPA to shaker then pour into a tall pilsner glass. Or double the recipe and strain over fresh ice cubes into a fresh cored pineapple to make a Hala Luana for two. Garnish with a gardenia or pineapple frond.

 

Fragrant notes of clove, hops, cinnamon, and rum. Sweet scents of vanilla open to pineapple and passion fruit on the nostril. Rich notes of burnt molasses, oak, demerera funk, and passion fruit fill the mouth. Cinnamon, and clove greet the taster followed by pineapple, hops, and grapefruit. The finish has a decidedly Lemon Hart spark with happy notes of pineapple and passion fruit.

HanaLuana (2)

Hala Luana #2 (For balance loving fruit fans)
1 oz Appleton Special
1 oz Myers Dark Jamaican Rum
½ oz Lemon Hart 151
1 oz fresh pineapple juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz white grapefruit juice (This time a year you’ll have to get it bottled)
½ oz grenadine (pomegranate syrup)
½ oz passion fruit syrup
1 reserved dash Bittermen’s Elemakule Bitters
1 oz American IPA beer (We used Sam Adams Rebel IPA)

Add all ingredients except the beer to a shaker tin and shake well. Add IPA to shaker then pour into a tall pilsner glass. Or double the recipe and strain over fresh ice cubes into a fresh cored pineapple to make a Hala Luana for two. Garnish with a gardenia or pineapple frond.

 

Rich wafts of cinnamon, pineapple, passion fruit, and molasses. Pineapple, Hops, and a demerera bite quickly snap you like a wet towel to the butt, but you in a fun way. The flavor folds into lime, passion fruit and bigger Jamaican rum flavors. The finish is a funky round medley of fat pineapple, Myers brown sugar, refreshing beer, and Lemon Hart snap.

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I hope you’ll try both drinks and find a favorite. I find myself very enamored with the first drink. However both show how much a small change can impact a concoction. I hope you’ve enjoyed this departure and you’ll remember to visit us often for your libation needs when you need an island of the mind. Until next time.

 

 

“You get Hammered America”- JFL

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Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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11 Responses to MxMo Pineapple: The Fruits of Relaxation

  1. Joseph Tkach says:

    Man, one of the worst hangovers of my life came from when we had Tiki week at measure and stir. I salute your dedication in developing a drink like this.

    • JFL says:

      This one was particularly punishing but perhaps not as much so as a drink I hope to unveil before summer is out. Turned out great though! Thank you sir for reading and for blogging yourself.

  2. Nice post and photos.
    Do you make your own pineapple juice, and if so, how?

    • JFL says:

      I do, I use an OxO pineapple corer and use it to remove the good stuff to place in my ninja blender. I also take out the core and add that in as well then I wring out the pineapple hard into the blender. I throw the husk away after that.

      Then I blend on high for one to two minutes. Afterward I put a very fine mesh strainer over a container and pour the blended mix in that. I weight it down gently with a metal ladle or small pot lid. It’s important not to let it overflow into the container. You only want to capture the strained juice. I usually get two cups per ripe pineapple. Then I just bottle it and store it in the fridge. I find it keeps decently well.

      • Thank you for the detailed description! I may give it a try, but I am not sure if my Hamilton blender will be up to the task. Last time I tried I got a lot of foam and fiber that was hard to strain.

  3. ceccotti says:

    Almost got me with the no fresh juice prank. Nice cocktail, must try this combo!

  4. Tiare says:

    Very nice looking drinks and recipes!

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