Fresh Grilled Pineapple Crush Cocktail

Welcome to the dog days of summer…And the opportunity to rethink your cookout drinks.  Put away your watery beer, and trade it in for something a little extra-special. You deserve better and so do your guests.

Fresh Grilled Pineapple Crush
Recipe by Marshall Altier, Bartender at JBird Cocktails in Manhattan

Grill fresh pineapple wedges over direct high heat until they soften and have dark grill marks, 3 to 5 minutes.  For each drink, muddle 2 grilled wedges with 3/4 ounce of simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part water) and 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract.  Pour into a shaker along with 2-ounces of Jamaican rum, such as Denizen, and 1-ounce of fresh lime juice.  Add ice, shake, and strain into a cocktail glass over ice.  Garnish with a slice of pineapple lightly dusted with black pepper, and a slice of lime if desired.

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