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Pineapple Cilantro Serrano Cocktail

Pineapple Cilantro Serrano Cocktail

Thanks to yesterday’s big news, I’m in quite a celebratory mood today. What better way to celebrate my Saveur nomination for “best cooking blog” than with a cold pineapple cocktail! Clinks all around, friends. I still can’t believe it.

This little number is not for the faint of heart; it’s bold, spicy, sweet and herbal all at once. The sweetness of the pineapple juice and cooling effect of cilantro diffuse the spiciness of the serrano so it doesn’t overwhelm the palate. This cocktail is a treat, so sip slowly and savor it like it costs ten dollars.

I originally intended to get fancy and make some more serrano-infused tequila for this post. Serranos are so high up the Scoville scale that serrano-infused tequila only requires twenty to thirty minutes worth of seeping time. However, I’m always one for instant gratification (especially when I’m thirsty), and I figured out that you can simply muddle a small slice of serrano pepper instead. Cheers to that!

Pineapple Cilantro Serrano Cocktail

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Mexican

This refreshing cocktail is made with pineapple juice, tequila, cilantro and serrano pepper. It’s bold, spicy, sweet and herbal all at once. Delicious!



  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • ½ small lime, juiced
  • 1 small, round slice of serrano pepper (⅛th to ¼th-inch thick)
  • 1 ½ ounces silver tequila
  • 3 ounces quality pineapple juice
  • agave nectar (optional), to taste


  1. In a cocktail shaker or glass, muddle the cilantro, lime juice and slice of serrano.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and pour in the tequila, pineapple juice and a light drizzle of agave nectar (optional). Shake well, and strain the mixture over ice in a cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish minimally with a lime round, or get fancy with a slice of pineapple and sprig on cilantro on a cocktail pick.


  • Feel free to skip the serrano if you’re sensitive to spice.
  • I didn’t feel the need to add any agave nectar to my drink, but I’ll let your taste buds decide if you need it.
  • I tried muddling up fresh chunks of pineapple, but they didn’t yield enough juice to merit the effort or the wasted pulp. I much prefer R.W. Knudsen’s organic pineapple juice to the canned stuff.
  • If you feel lost in the tequila aisle, I like Milagro’s 100% agave tequila, which comes in a cool bottle. Milagro spoiled me by sending me a few bottles to try, but I only mention it here because it is damn good stuff!

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