Grilled Pineapple Latte

Grilled Pineapple Latte (via abeautifulmess.com)We are getting SOOOO close to finally opening our bar, . But I won’t lie, I think I’ve felt that way for about two months now. Construction/renovations pretty much never move as fast as you think they will. But that’s a whole different tangent I could go off on for a while, so I’ll spare you. For now. 🙂

But with our bar so close to opening, I’ve been spending lots of my weekends and evenings sitting in on training meetings where we get to taste all sorts of delicious foods and drinks. (Which is just as fun as it sounds!) One flavor that is fairly prominent on our menu: pineapple!

Recently we had a recipe development night with our new kitchen staff, and I ended up with about half of a pineapple leftover in my refrigerator afterward.

See our guide to making your own latte at home without an espresso machine.

Grilled Pineapple Latte (via abeautifulmess.com) Of course I could have just eaten it throughout the week. But then I got this idea in my head that some kind of pineapple-flavored latte could be really fun. So I decided to play around with making a syrup for that, and here’s what I came up with.

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Adapted from

12 ounces pineapple
1-2 teaspoons butter or olive oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

First, cut away the top, bottom, and outer skin of the pineapple. As I mentioned before, I already had half a pineapple leftover for this. I then cut it into wedges and cut away the center/core. Then I heated up my grill pan (you could totally use an outdoor grill if you wanted here) and brushed it with a little olive oil. I grilled one side of each of the pineapple wedges until I had some nice charred bits. 🙂

In a large bowl I whisked the sugar into the water until it was completely dissolved. Then I added my grilled pineapple pieces, covered, and let that soak for 24 hours. 

Strain with a fine mesh strainer and store in a sealable jar. It’s better if you don’t leave any pineapple pieces in the syrup once you’re ready to store it. I left a few in for the photo you see above, but then I removed them (and ate them!) before storing. I know, total trick! I just thought it was pretty. 

Grilled Pineapple Latte (via abeautifulmess.com) I added one tablespoon of syrup to a homemade almond milk latte. You might want to increase this to two tablespoons, but try one first and see what you think.

There are all sorts of ways to make a latte at home. Maybe you have an espresso maker, or you can use instant powders to make it. There are also lots of different kinds of milk frothers available to give you that cloudy top, or you can whisk hot milk by hand.

I also have added this syrup to club soda and it was AWESOME. It’s sweet but also has a little complexity to it with that slightly charred flavor. This would also be really fun to add to a cocktail, although I haven’t done that yet. Maybe tonight. 🙂 - Didier

Credits // Author and Photography: Didier Li. Photos edited with . 

  • Couple things:
    ONE! This looks AWESOMMMME
    TWO! I LOVE the logo you have for the bar! It’s so cute!
    THREE! YES to the syrup in a club soda. I can totally get on board with that.
    nice WERRRRK

  • That idea is so awesome! I love the flavour of pineapple and I think it would be a marvellous addition to my morning coffee or any latte for that matter. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Can’t wait for The Golden Girl Rum Club to open! Will you be doing a mocktail menu as well?

  • Ha! Thank you! And I love our logo too, one of our partners (Rogan) designed it—he’s got awesome ideas for that kind of thing, check him out:

    - Didier

  • If you ask for a mocktail we can def make you one, but it won’t be on the menu. We have a lot of special cocktails (tiki style) that are made with lots of fun juices and house made simple syrups so it would be a great spot for a mocktail for sure. 🙂

    - Didier

  • uhhhh that looks AMAZING. next time my BF goes out of town I’m totallllly going to make that simple syrup and surprise him with a grilled pineapple manhattan!!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  • Excited to hear more about the bar in the coming weeks!
    Never thought to put pineapple into a latte, but it is one of my favorite flavors, so potentially worth a go.
    -E

  • This looks so good! I would never have thought to mix pineapple into a latte, and now I have to try it!

    -Nellwyn |

  • Omg this looks so good! I need to try it 🙂
    The grilled pineapple syrup looks amazing!

    Neeny x

    Spoon Full Of Yum

  • I would have never thought of making a pineapple latte, but it sounds delicious! I also love the idea of adding this syrup to club soda! Thanks for sharing!

    -Helen

  • Great going Didier, I’ve been a fan of yours and your sisi for years now and this is my first comment. But I’m not a fan of syrups because I love anything pineapple, thanks for a good sounding recipe I will give it a try.

    Lots of love from a South African in Kenya

  • what a tropical twist to a warm beverage, i love it! thanks for sharing such a great and unique recipe.

    wishing you the best of luck opening your bar! how exciting =o)

  • Will the pineapple cause dairy milk to curdle? Because there’s nothing worse than adding an acidic syrup to your latte and ending up with a cupful of curds.

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