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Pineapple Pyrotechnics: The Rum Shaker

Recipe courtesy Nick Digiovanni, head bartender, PúblicoUniversity City, MO

It’s worth the effort to make pineapple-infused rum for this drink, since it provides both a flavorful spirit and the finishing garnish. At Público, the pineapple is charred on the restaurant’s open hearth. Try this (carefully!) on your backyard grill during your holiday weekend BBQ.


¾ ounce spiced rum
¾ ounce pineapple-infused Plantation Original Dark rum*
½ ounce Banane du Brésil
½ ounce falernum (such as John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum)
½ ounce orange juice
¼ ounce lime juice
¼ ounce Angostura Bitters
Grated cinnamon, for garnish
1 chunk of pineapple, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients, except garnish, with ice. Shake well, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Grate cinnamon over the top and garnish with a skewered slice of grilled pineapple.

To grill pineapple, set grill to medium heat and sear on each side for three minutes.

*To make infused rum: Cut ¾ of a pineapple into small chunks, and place in a large jar. Pour in one 750-ml bottle of rum and seal tightly. Allow to infuse for at least 24 hours. Strain with cheesecloth, reserving a few pieces of pineapple to garnish this drink.

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