Every summer cookout needs a signature cocktail. While I think there should be beer, wine, water, iced tea, and soda, I always think you should have one really good cocktail at your outdoor party as well. It should be something that isn't too sweet and that is refreshing since your guests will be out in the heat.
Some of my favorite summer signature cocktails include margaritas, mojitos, and sangria. All three can be made in big batches and there are so many different flavors you can add to any of them to make them something special. While I didn't pick any of those three cocktails I did pick one of my favorites to share this week.
Moscow Mules have been a favorite of mine for the past few years. I like that they are a little bit spiced, a little bit sweet, and super refreshing. The original Moscow Mule is lime flavored but it's fun to mix it up a little bit and add in some other flavors. This Spiced Pineapple Mule has flavors of ginger, pineapple, brown sugar, and cinnamon. It makes for a tasty combination that works well with grilled food.
It was easy to mix up the pineapple juice, Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon syrup, bourbon, and ginger beer and serve it over ice. Then I garnished it with a pineapple wedge. Had I been thinking I would have grilled some pineapple with the Brown Sugar Cinnamon syrup brushed on top of it and used that for my garnish.
The end cocktail was really tasty. I'm not normally a bourbon fan but I think it works well in this recipe because of the spices. The pineapple adds a sweet and tart element and the brown sugar cinnamon syrup adds sweetness and a bit of spiciness. It really is the perfect cookout cocktail!
- 3 oz pineapple juice
- 1 T. Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon syrup
- 2 oz. bourbon
- 1 c. ginger beer
- Fill a glass with ice and set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar syrup, and bourbon. Shake well and pour into the glass of ice.
- Pour the ginger beer in on top of the pineapple mixture and give it and stir.
- Garnish with a wedge of pineapple and enjoy!