Pineapple Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Susan Palmer | Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

This pineapple Dark and Stormy will make you long for summer pool parties! Grab your beach ball and bathing suit, and remember the tiny umbrellas for the drinks!

Pineapple Dark and Stormy Cocktail Photo

Let’s have three cheers for springtime! I know I’m not the only person in the room who’s thrilled to be shedding their winter clothes and swapping their parkas for sundresses. It’s been a long, cold, and bitter winter, and I say it is most definitely time to put it behind you.

I, for one, tend to hibernate when temperatures dip below 30 degrees - goodbye social life, goodbye friends, hello couch and Netflix! The first order of business needs to be a spring fling to get everyone out in the open again (and maybe to find out what shows they’ve been binging on all winter long)! Of course no fling is complete without a signature cocktail, perhaps a tropical touch to brush off the last of the winter blues?

Pineapple Dark and Stormy Cocktail Picture

When you’re hosting a party, you want the cocktails to be fun, not fussy. What I really love is the main ingredients in the mule family - ginger beer + lime + spirit of choice. Depending on what you use will change the name of the cocktail. Plus they are easy to customize with different flavor additions.

Pineapple Dark and Stormy Cocktail Image

I’m quite partial to the Dark and Stormy, having turned it into French toast and ice cream cupcakes already. This time around I was feeling the need for something sweet to compliment the spice from the ginger beer and dark rum; and since the last time I consumed a Dark and Stormy on a daily basis was my family cruise to the tropics, it only made sense to add a tropical fruit.

A quick caramelization of the pineapple brings out the sweetness of the fruit before it gets puréed and mixed in with your bitters and lime juice. This is the perfect cocktail for pineapple or rum lovers, or both! Now grab a glass, a fun straw and don’t forget the tiny umbrella!

Pineapple Dark and Stormy Cocktail Recipe

    1 Servings


For the Caramelized Pineapple:
  • 1 Pineapple, Cored, quartered, and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
For the Cocktail:
  • 2 ounces Pineapple Purée
  • 3 ounces Ginger Beer
  • Fresh Lime Juice, From 1/2 lime, plus extra wedges for garnish
  • 2-3 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • 2 ounces Black Rum
  • Ice Cubes
  • Caramelized Pineapple Slices, For garnish


For the Pineapple Purée:

  1. In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar and half the sliced pineapple.
  2. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until the pineapple is soft and starts to caramelized.
  3. Remove and transfer cooked pineapple to your blender.
  4. Finish cooking the remainder of your pineapple, and transfer the rest of the pieces to your blender, making sure to save a number of pineapple slices for garnish.
  5. Purée the caramelized pineapple and transfer to a jar to cool.

To Make Your Cocktail:

  1. Fill a high-ball glass with ice and pour in 2 ounces pineapple purée, 3 ounces ginger beer, juice from ½ lime and 2-3 dashes of bitters. Stir to combine.
  2. Pour the black rum on top and garnish with a lime wedge and pineapple slice.
  3. Add a straw or swizzle stick to the drink to stir the rum together when served. 


  • Save remaining purée in the refrigerator. If making multiple cocktails, there should be enough purée for approximately 6-8 cocktails.


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Susan Palmer

About Susan

Susan bakes up delicious treats as the Girl in the Little Red Kitchen at home in Brooklyn. She's joined Food Fanatic as a Cocktails and Boozy Desserts Fanatic, and we could not be more excited!