Jeffrey Morgenthaler


Smoked Pineapple Hotel Nacional Cocktail

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cook Time

20 Minutes

Effort

Pellets

Oak

Sit back, relax, and stay awhile. This smoked twist on the famous Cuban cocktail is damn good. You won't know what hit you...until it hits you.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

2

Units of Measurement:

Smoked Pineapple Simple Syrup
  • 2 pineapple

main
  • 1/2 Cup water

  • 1/2 Cup sugar

  • 3 Fluid Ounce white rum

  • 1 1/2 Fluid Ounce lime juice

  • 1 1/2 Fluid Ounce Pineapple Syrup

  • 1 Fluid Ounce apricot brandy

  • 2 Dash Angostura bitters

Steps

  • 1

    For the Syrup: When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.
  • 2

    Trim both ends of the pineapple, discard the ends. Cut the pineapple into slices about 3/4” thick. Don’t worry about the skin, it doesn’t hurt to leave it on. Place the pineapple slices on the grill and smoke for about 15 minutes on each sideTrim both ends of the pineapple and discard the ends. Cut the pineapple into slices about 3/4 inch thick. Don’t worry about the skin, it doesn’t hurt to leave it on. Place the pineapple slices on the grill and smoke for about 15 minutes per side.
    Grill180 ˚F
    Ingredients
    • 2 pineapple

  • 3

    While the pineapple is smoking, combine 1/4 cup water and sugar in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Pour syrup into a large bowl and set aside.
    Ingredients
    • 1/2 Cup water

    • 1/2 Cup sugar

  • 4

    When the pineapple is done cooking, cut each slice into eight or so wedges and add the wedges to the bowl with the simple syrup, tossing to coat and cover.
  • 5

    Leave the mixture to macerate for at least 4 hours (or up to 24) in the refrigerator, stirring from time to time.
  • 6

    Strain the syrup into a clean bowl through a fine-mesh strainer and press on the pineapple with a ladle to extract as much liquid as possible. You can bottle and refrigerate the syrup for up to 4 days.
  • 7

    To make the cocktail: Combine the rum, lime juice, pineapple syrup, apricot brandy, and bitters in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Fill with ice cubes and shake until cold.
    Ingredients
    • 3 Fluid Ounce white rum

    • 1 1/2 Fluid Ounce lime juice

    • 1 1/2 Fluid Ounce Pineapple Syrup

    • 1 Fluid Ounce apricot brandy

    • 2 Dash Angostura bitters

  • 8

    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve. Enjoy!

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