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DIY Pineapple Rum

Homemade Pineapple Rum Recipe

Homemade pineapple rum

During the 2014 Tales of the Cocktail, Alexandre Gabriel of Cognac Ferrand brought a special product to share with the bartenders in attendance. The product was a pineapple rum called Stiggin’s Fancy, named for a character in Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers who despite his preaching to the contrary, quite enjoyed pineapple rum. The libation was popular in Victorian England, but fell out of fashion thereafter.

Alexandre wanted to try and revive this forgotten spirit, so he teamed up with noted drinks historian David Wondrich to recreate it. They found some inspiring information in the 1824 English Journal of Patent and Inventions and the 1844 Journal of Agricultural Society. Of course, they had their own ideas as well; consider who we’re dealing with here. After trying several varieties of pineapples, they fittingly settled on the Queen Victoria. Macerating the pineapple in Plantation Dark rum for three months imparted the flavors fully, but they did not stop there. The pineapple rinds were also macerated for three months to extract the oils. This rind-infused macerate was then re-distilled and added back to the pineapple-infused rum to add brightness and complexity.

Plantation Stiggin's fancy Pineapple Rum

Image courtesy amountainofcrushedice.com, used with permission

Sounds pretty great right? It is. It tastes like fresh, sweet pineapple-infused rum, but it’s balanced with the bright notes from the rind. It drinks splendidly on its own, and makes a helluva Daiquiri, too.

The problem? It’s technically not for sale. You see, Ferrand only released 1,000 bottles of it. If you find a bar that buys a lot of Plantation rum, Citadelle gin, and Ferrand Cognac, then you have a good chance of locating a taste of this magical elixir. Otherwise, you’re probably out of luck. I have had several glasses of the stuff, but I wasn’t able to score my own bottle, so I began thinking of creating a similar flavor at home. After making several batches, I thought I’d share my process with you. It might not be Stiggin’s Fancy, but it’s pretty damned tasty, and it’s dead simple to make. I call it “Hella Fancy”.

Hella Fancy Pineapple-Infused Rum Recipe

Ingredients

  •  1 fresh, ripe pineapple
  • 2 bottles Plantation Original Dark rum
  • 3 oz. simple syrup (1:1)

Equipment

  • 1 Gallon jar with tight-fitting lid (or similar container)
  • Funnel
  • Two tight-mesh strainers

Method

Step 1: Wash the pineapple

Step 2: Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple

Step 3: Slice the pineapple into large chunks

Step 4: Place the pineapple into the jar and cover with the rum.

Pineapple rum infusion

Step 5: Store the jar in a dark place for 48 hours (shake vigorously after 24 hours).

Step 6: Remove pineapple chunks from the jar. (See notes below)

Step 7: Add simple syrup, replace jar lid and shake well. (See notes below)

DIY pineapple rum

 

Step 8: Double strain into the rum bottles.

Step 9: Alter the labels appropriately.

Hella Fancy Pineapple Rum

Step 10: Refrigerate and enjoy! (See notes below)

Notes

  • Very ripe pineapples work best.
  • After removing pineapple chunks, taste the infusion. If it is lacking in pineapple flavor, squeeze some (or all) of the liquid from the pineapple chunks back into the jar. If you do this, you’ll need additional bottling capacity.
  • The sweetness of the infusion is very dependent on the sugar content of the pineapple. Adjust the amount of simple syrup to suit your particular pineapple and your own taste.
  • With respect to storage, I’m confident this infusion could be safely stored at room temperature if kept out of natural light. However, it tastes best cold, so you might as well store it in the refrigerator to preserve the fresh flavor for as long as possible and keep it ready-to-drink.
  • If you don’t have access to Plantation Dark rum, use another rum of your choosing. I’ve made this same infusion using Appleton VX, and it came out beautifully (I still prefer the Plantation Dark, however).
  • “Hella Fancy” makes a great Daiquiri, but it also tastes great on its own. Add a touch more sweetness and/or some bitters if you are so inclined–it makes for a quick and tasty tropical cocktail.
  • The colloidal pineapple material will settle with time (faster with refrigeration). Make sure to shake the bottle well before serving, and don’t worry about the floaties. You did that.

Have you made your own pineapple rum? How about another rum infusion? Please share your thoughts with us below.

Cheers,
Josh

26 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2015 12:15 pm

    I’ll definitely try this one!
    But how would you feel doing it with dark spiced rum? Wouldn’t work so well? Would the spices put the pineapple flavor in the background pallete of flavors and aromas?

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      March 4, 2015 12:28 pm

      Never thought of doing it with a spiced rum, Amras. Would be interesting to hear your take on that if you try it.

  2. March 4, 2015 1:20 pm

    This is also delicious with gin. Then you can make a Riviera which is pretty fabulous. https://tartinestotikis.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/mxmo-pineapple-challenge-the-riviera-and-the-1956-zombie/

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      March 4, 2015 2:08 pm

      Fantastic idea! I must try this.

  3. Tiare permalink
    March 4, 2015 3:55 pm

    You`re making a “rhum arrangè” of sorts! 🙂 gotta be VERY tasty! interesting post! and yeah the Stiggins`Fancy….what a rum, i wish i could score a bottle too! but at some point i´m gonna try your awesome looking recipe!

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      March 4, 2015 4:25 pm

      Thanks, Tiare! Yes, it’s not much of a recipe, but it is two great tastes that taste great together 🙂

  4. March 27, 2015 3:23 pm

    Given the abysmal quality of the pineapple rums commercially available, Will give this a try for my Goombah Smash’s.

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      March 28, 2015 11:07 pm

      Hmm, might have to try that. Never thought of using a pineapple rum in a Goombay Smash. Cheers

  5. April 4, 2015 12:45 pm

    Just made this with Appleton V/X, and I can confirm two things – This is indeed Hella Fancy, and it made a SUPERB Mai Tai

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      April 5, 2015 9:25 pm

      Great idea! Glad you liked it. Cheers

  6. John permalink
    May 8, 2015 8:12 pm

    I made mine with the plantation Over proof came out decently. I also hear Plantation is releasing Stiggin’s to the US market is great quantity. The new Captain Morgan Pineapple flavor is also quite well done from the flavor perspective. Its like smelling a fresh cut up pineapple says it uses all natural flavors.

  7. Rob permalink
    September 7, 2015 7:07 pm

    Hey Josh, I have played with some pineapple infused rum this summer at the bar I work at. Now technically it is a gin but made by Privateer. So it is a cane based gin which is distinct itself. I just returned from a trip to Bangkok where at the Iron Fairies bar I had some smoke infused cocktails. With this inspiration and the use of a large wood oven that doubles as a cold smoker in the summer at the restaurant, I was able to cold smoke a couple sliced pineapples and then put them in a jar with the Priveteer Tiki inspired gin and let it sit for 5 days. The result is a botanical gin with a rum base and alot of smoke on the back. Add some fresh lime, little velvet falarnum, splash of demerara simple and a hit
    of angostura and its a Tiki inspired dream.
    worth getting your hands on that gin if you can. It was a one off this past summer 2015.
    Best imbibing
    RD

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      September 10, 2015 6:39 am

      That sounds delicious!

  8. September 8, 2015 5:50 pm

    The real deal doesnt have added sugar, why are you adding some here?

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      September 10, 2015 6:41 am

      If you’re referring to Stiggins, I would disagree. Plantation adds some sugar to all of their rum. For me, it’s a finishing decision based on the sugar content of the pineapple.

    • Rob permalink
      September 10, 2015 8:16 am

      For the infusion i do not add sugar. The demerara is for the cocktail recipe. It is as follows.

      Ghost of the Sargasso
      1.5 oz smoked pinapple infused Priveteer Tiki Gin
      .75 oz fresh lime
      .5 oz JD Taylor Velvet Falarnum
      .25 oz demerara simple
      1 dash angostura bitters
      shake and strain into a coupe

      Perfect end of summer cocktail

  9. October 2, 2015 5:39 pm

    Shouldn’t be any issue in letting this infuse for a month, right? Total do it at home noobie here.

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      October 2, 2015 5:49 pm

      Probably fine, but unnecessary in my opinion. The fruit gives you all it has in a couple of days, and what you get thereafter is likely more bitterness. My advice would be to taste regularly as it ages if you go that route. Cheers

      • October 4, 2015 9:08 pm

        I agree the flavors transfer quickly. Then why would Stiggins say they macerate for 3 months?

      • Josh Miller permalink*
        October 4, 2015 9:11 pm

        Hard to say, Bif. Things do change when you move a chemical process from the beaker to the swimming pool sometimes, though. It could just be a yield thing, perhaps.

  10. Mike S permalink
    October 9, 2015 4:11 pm

    Josh, the Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy is now commercially available, I picked up a bottle today at K&L in RWC!

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      October 22, 2015 7:05 pm

      Glad to see it getting around now! Cheers

  11. Justin permalink
    November 19, 2017 12:07 pm

    Could you do this inside a mini barrel? Just curious.

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      November 19, 2017 12:13 pm

      Fruits and barrels don’t get along well. If you want to add oak notes, I’d include some toasted oak chips in the jar.

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