Looking for a tropical taste, but want something versatile and easy to make? Whip up a batch of this super simple pineapple syrup as it fits the bill. You can drizzle this pineapple flavored sweetener over cakes or into drinks to add a little tropical taste in everything.
🥂What is Pineapple Simple Syrup?
Pineapple simple syrup is a lightly yellowed color sweetener that is made from equal one to one to one ratios of pineapple chunks, sugar and water. This sweetener can be used on a wide range of different foods and beverages from cocktails to cakes.
Fruit flavored simple syrups like this one are all super easy to make. They’re just a combination of sugar, water in your fruit of choice. Some other popular fruit flavored syrups include mango syrup, banana syrup, pear syrup and watermelon syrup.
Plain and flavored simple syrups are able to be used on foods and beverages. They’re particularly useful for beverages that you want to sweeten because they more equally and evenly dissolve than regular sugar.
And, if you’re not convinced yet, here or a few reasons why this recipe works so well:
- Tasty and tropical. This syrup is full of sweet, tasty tropical pineapple flavor. You can add it to any food or beverage and it’ll whisk you away to a tropical oasis.
- Easy to make. You only need three ingredients for this recipe. Two of them you probably already have in your kitchen, they are sugar and water.
- Add it to everything. Be possibilities are endless when it comes to what food and beverages you can add this to. From desserts to drinks and everything in between.
- Masher (optional)
- Wooden Spoon (or any long handle spoon)
- Mason jar or Small Pyrex
- Measuring Cup
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Chopped Pineapple (fresh or frozen)
Go ahead and grab your pineapple, sugar, water, measuring cup, jar with a lid, strainer, and masher or wooden spoon.
Grab up one cup of chopped pineapple and put it into the pot. If you’re using frozen pineapple you can add it straight from the freezer.
If you’re using fresh pineapple and it’s not pre-chopped, you’ll need to cut your pineapple up making sure to remove any of the rind.
Grab up one cup of sugar and add that to the pot as well.
Grab up one cup of water and pour it into the pot.
Grab your saucepan and place it on the stove top to heat for 10 minutes at medium heat. It should simmer, but not fully boil.
As it heats, you want to stir it frequently. Also, you should press it with the wooden spoon or use a masher to help squeeze the juice and flavor from the pineapple.
Now, you need to remove it from the heat. Then, pour it through a fine mesh strainer to separate any pineapple pieces out.
Add the liquid into a jar with a lid and place it into the refrigerator so that it can cool and thicken for about 2 hours.
⭐How to Use
A list of possibilities for how to use this syrup or really quite endless. But, here are a handful of ideas:
- Pineapple flavored cocktails and mocktails. Add this to any pineapple flavor-based cocktail or mocktail to add a little sweetness and extra flavor. Some good options include a pineapple upside down martini or a pineapple flavored mocktail.
- Flavored teas and coffees. Add 2 oz of this to hot or iced tea or coffee to have a fancy flavored drink.
- Make flavored lemonade or soda. Again, you can add 2 oz of this to a full glass of lemonade or soda to add a pineapple flavored twist to your refreshing drink.
- Moisten cakes. You can brush this on to the top of cakes or between layers to add a little pineapple sweetness and keep your cake moist.
- Top off breakfast foods. Drizzle this across a wide variety of breakfast foods including french toast, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, muffins or yogurt.
- Sweeten desserts. You can also drizzle this on a wide variety of dessert foods from ice cream to cheesecakes.
Check out these ideas for ingredient substitutions and flavor modifications that you might enjoy:
- Scale it. This recipe makes about 1.25 cups of syrup. If you need more or less of it you can scale the recipe up or down as long as you keep the one to one to one ratio of all the ingredients.
- Use pineapple juice. Instead of using fresh pineapple, you can use a few tablespoons of pineapple juice. Just make sure it’s plain pineapple juice and with no sugar.
- Add more flavor. Pineapple pairs well with a wide variety of different flavors and you can add some of those in to make a multi-flavored syrup. Some things to try would be
- Adding a teaspoon of One of the following spices: vanilla extract, ground ginger, Rosemary or basil.
- Additionally you can add some fruit flavor by adding a few raspberries or strawberries.
- Or, a teaspoon of lime or orange juice.
- Another option for flavors is to spice it up by adding a few slices of jalapeno or other pepper to the mix.
💭 Top Tips & Storage
Follow these top tips and storage tricks to ensure that you maximize your syrup recipe:
- Store it correctly. Make sure to keep this in an airtight container such as a mason jar or a Pyrex with a lid. Additionally, it should be kept cool in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 weeks.
- Freeze it, if needed. If you won’t use it within that 2 to 4 week time frame, then you should freeze it to save it for later. The best way to do this is in an ice cube tray. Simply pour it in the tray and let it freeze. Then, pop your cubes out and store them in a freezer bag.
- Squish your pineapple. You’ll want to make sure that you press the pineapple either with a wooden spoon or masher during both the straining and heating times. This allows you to get the maximum juice out of the fruit.
- Stir and don’t boil. While you’re heating this mixture you want to make sure that it is simmering, but not boiling. Also, you want to make sure that you stir it frequently so that it does not burn.
Pineapple Simple Syrup
- Masher optional
- Wooden Spoon
- Measuring Cup
- Pyrex or Mason Jar
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Chopped Pineapple fresh or frozen
- Chop up 1 cup of pineapple and dump it in the saucepan.
- Pour 1 cup of water and dump it in the saucepan.
- Pour 1 cup of sugar and dump it in the saucepan.
- Simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes on the stovetop.
- Stir it often while it heats. You can also use the masher to really squeeze the juice from the pineapple.
- Strain the syrup through the strainer in order to remove any pieces of pineapple.
- Add the syrup into the jar or pyrex and place it in the fridge for 1 – 2 hours to cool off.
- Frozen or fresh pineapple works well.
- Use a fine strainer to make sure all pineapple pieces are taken out of the finished syrup.
- Stir it regularly while it heats to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pot.
- It should be kept chilled in the fridge in a jar with a lid (or any air tight container). It can be kept for 2 – 4 weeks.
- If you need to keep it for longer, you can freeze it in an ice cube tray.