It’s a tricky business, naming a cocktail. I want a name that tells you a little about the drink, so you can decide at a glance if you’d like it or not. But pithy, too. And it can’t be a name that’s already been used. And it has to be unusual enough that you remember it the next time you want to mix a cocktail.
I was going to name this one “The Pineapple Haze,” until I googled it, and discovered that’s the name of a marijuana strain. Based on the reviews, quite a sweet-tasting one, if you’re into that sort of thing which I am not even though I live in Colorado. And so I end up, once again, with a somewhat mundane name for a very tasty drink: The Sparkling Pineapple Cocktail.
We made this drink completely with ingredients purchased at the new Trader Joe’s which opened here two weeks ago!! (brief pause while I wipe away tears of joy. It’s been a long road, my friends, but we are finally reunited and it feels so good.) Trader Joe’s has very decent $7.99 gin (Rear Admiral Joseph), but you can buy all ingredients at most other grocery and liquor stores as well.
- 2 oz Trader Joe's Rear Admiral Joseph gin
- 2 oz 100% pineapple juice
- Hansen's citrus tonic water
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour gin and pineapple juice over ice and shake. Strain into ice-filled highball (or Double Old-Fashioned) glass. Top off with Hansen's citrus tonic water. Garnish with orange peel (optional) and serve.