Spicy Pineapple Mint Juleps
Author: Tina @ Just Putzing Around the Kitchen
Recipe type: Beverage
- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 1-1/2 oz whiskey (I used Maker’s Mark)
- 2 oz water
- 1-1/2 tbsp jalapeno-infused simple syrup
- 3 to 4 mint leaves
- Powdered sugar
- Crushed ice
Jalapeno Simple Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 large jalapeno, cut into slices (don’t worry about removing seeds)
To make your jalapeno-infused simple syrup:
- Combine water and granulated sugar in a pot on medium heat.
- Heat mixture until little bubbles form along the sides of the pot, swirling your pot occasionally.
- Once the sugar is completely dissolved and your mixture becomes clear, remove the pot from heat. (This is plain simple syrup).
- Place sliced jalapeno into the pot, and let it steep in your simple syrup for 20-30 minutes. (FYI – how long you leave the peppers in there depends on how spicy you want your syrup to be. 30 minutes was fine for me!)
- Strain syrup into a bottle or jar, seal it, and refrigerate until ready to use.
To make your spicy pineapple mint juleps:
- In a large cocktail shaker, combine pineapple chunks, mint leaves, whiskey, and water.
- Using a muddler (or a large spoon), smoosh/muddle everything – you basically want to bruise your mint and squeeze as much juice out of the pineapple chunks as possible.
- Add jalapeno-infused simple syrup to the shaker.
- Put the cap/cover on your shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
- Fill a drinking glass with crushed ice.
- Strain the liquid from your shaker into the glass on top of the ice.
- Sprinkle the top of the ice with powdered sugar.
- Serve immediately.