Pineapple Coconut Water

Pineapple Coconut Water Recipe

Once or twice a year, I buy a pineapple. It feels like a strange thing to purchase in San Francisco. Pineapples = hot tropics, beaches, bare feet, and endless summers. San Francisco = fog, wind, Victorian architecture, and year-round denim. I remember driving between San Diego and Northern California, along the Pacific coast, when I was in my early twenties, driving home from college, and coming across a small pineapple farm near Oxnard. But, aside from that, this isn't pineapple country. I never see them at the farmers' markets here, so I don't think about them much. That said, the other day I walked past a tiny pineapple display at my local grocery store, and the scent coming off these fruits was like walking into a thick, sweet wall of intoxicating, tropical brightness. It was the sort of perfume that immediately takes you someplace else, and I could imagine just how good that pineapple, the most fragrant of the lot, was going to taste.

Pineapple Coconut Water Recipe
Pineapple Coconut Water Recipe
Pineapple Coconut Water Recipe

If you've never had absolutely fresh pineapple juice, you are missing out on one of life's simple pleasures. I juiced my little pineapple, enjoyed the first glass straight, and proceeded to use the remaining in this quencher - made with coconut water, lime, and straight ginger juice. It is invigorating, fragrant, hydrating, and a pure, intense shade of yellow that somehow tips us off to its strength and vitality before ever picking up the glass. Enjoy!

Pineapple Coconut Water

4.39 from 13 votes

 I use a juice extractor for the pineapple juice here. I suspect you could also use a blender, or Vitamix, then straining or partial straining? Although, my pal Jeffrey, in his new book - The Bar Book - recommends juicing pineapples by pulsing peeled/cored cubes in a food processor, and then spinning the puree in a double-cheesecloth lined salad spinner. :). To juice ginger, peel the ginger, grate using a microplane grater, then press through a strainer. Or, alternately, use a juicer.

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup / 180 ml fresh pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml pure coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure ginger juice
  • 1 teaspoon runny honey, if needed
  • 1 lime
Instructions
  1. Combine the pineapple juice, coconut water, and ginger juice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar filled with ice. Shake well, taste, and if needed, add a bit of honey to sweeten. If your pineapple is sweet enough, you won't need much honey, if any.
  2. Fill small, chilled glasses with lots of ice cubes, and razor-thin slices of lime. Pour the pineapple coconut water into the prepared glasses, and finish with an extra squeeze of lime if you like.
Serves
2
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
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Comments

  • I too only buy pineapple a few times a year. And when I do, I buy a bunch of them, cut em up and freeze so I can enjoy the super sweet ripe pineapple for awhile and make one of my favorite all time drinks - pineapple, kale, fresh lime and coconut water. My drink never looks as beautiful as yours though...so pretty as always... :) http://saltyspicybitterandsweet.com/pineapple-green-delight/

    Aria Alpert Adjani
  • I buy pineapple a lot - in fact almost always have some. I've been making a mix of shredded coconut and my own well water, pineapple, a ginger syrup I use for my own ginger soda - I add my own carbonated water for a drink - kind of an agua fresca. Or, I add some protein powder and make popsicles from the mix. Either way, it is delicious. I do all in a Vitamix and I don't strain it - don't think it needs it, but that is personal preference.

    HS: Thanks Liz - love the idea of the shredded coconut - I can imagine with ice - a shredded coconut slushie thing going on. Sounds good.

    Liz
  • This juice...wow! I don't buy pineapple often either living in Switzerland, but I'll be tempted to this summer.

    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
  • This sounds like the perfect summer drink, and an admirable reason to actually take the time and effort to dissect a pineapple. :) So refreshing!

    Eileen
  • mmm love refreshing summer cocktails (even if Karl the Fog disagrees ;) )

    Lucy
  • The colour is gorgeous. I'm not really a juice person but I love coconut water and the kids enjoy pineapple. And the pineapples sold here are enormous so there is always leftovers in the fridge, now I know exactly what to do with it!

    Dawn
  • Love pineapple (a natural anti inflammatory). It's now pineapple season, and the only time I buy it. With coconut water and ginger, sounds great as a drink. I make pineapple-mango, coconut water and honey popsicles, and they too are really good.

    ItalianGirlCooks
  • What kind of juicer do you have?

    HS: Hi Kathy - I have a hand-me-down Waring Professional that my dad gave me.

    Kathy
  • I'll have to try this. I've been drinking homemade lemonade with plenty of ice in the morning. This recipe looks even more refreshing and there are so many health benefits from those ingredients! Will be making it this weekend!

    Susan
  • For the second time in two days I really wish I had a juicer. Our kitchen is so small that the boyfriend won't let me buy any new appliances. He's right, we don't have any room for that. But it's good to have some one to blame. :) I love pineapples and I think when I visit my mum the next time we'll have to try that as it sounds wonderful for summertime, ver refreshing!

    Tina | Mademoiselle Gourmande
  • I always feel conflicted when buying such beautiful fresh fruit. I know it would taste amazing to juice it, but I just can't bring myself to waste any of the flesh, so I usually end up eating it... This one, I might have to try though...

    Maja
  • This sounds wonderfully refreshing - the perfect summer drink.

    Kathryn
  • I adore pineapple juice and coconut water together (and lime!), but I never even considered adding ginger---what a fabulous idea!

    Rachael | Spache the Spatula
  • I love pineapples, and this juice just sounds so refreshing - just what I need here in 40 degree heat!

    Jo from yummyvege
  • I am the same when it comes to pineapples, I hardly ever buy them! My local shop are selling them for cheap now though, and so within two months, I've bought three! The thought of cutting off the peel, and cutting it up might seem like a great effort, which has stopped me from buying them before, but now I have realised that it is SO worth it! Last night, I was going to make a granita with pineapple, but because I don't have a juicer and didn't want to discard the pulp, I made a sort of slush-sorbet instead, and it made for the perfect refreshing dessert in the Summer heat ^ ^ This sounds like such an amazing recipe, I love ginger! x J

    Jules @ WolfItDown
  • Oh my goodness. This looks like a delightfully refreshing summer drink. I love pineapples! :] //

    ~ Carmen ~
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