Pineapple syrup is easy to make at home and you can enjoy it carefree as it has not found the artificial ingredients in most purchased syrups. Just add pineapple juice to a basic simple syrup recipe or enjoy fresh pineapple in a mixture of sugar and water overnight and the result is fresh and spicy. Try homemade pineapple syrup over pancakes or mixed drinks to add a tropical twist.
of fresh pineapple
Combine four parts sugar with two parts water in a large bowl. Remove non-edible skin from a small pineapple and cut into cubes. Add the scrambled pineapple to the sugar-water mixture and let it rest for 24 hours. If you want an extra flavor to the syrup, such as vanilla or basil, add it now.
Juice the pineapple cubes with one hand or an electric juicer to extract the liquid from the pineapple. If there is any residue of sugar, mix to dissolve completely.
Pass the pineapple syrup through a fine grid or curd into a container large enough to hold the liquid. Drop a small amount of alcohol – at least 80 proofs – like vodka to extend the syrup's life. Covered for up to one month.
From pineapple juice
In a medium saucepan, add equal parts pineapple juice and water and 2 parts sugar and boil until all the sugar has dissolved.
Boil the mixture undisturbed for a further 2 minutes. Remove the container from the heat. If you want to add extra flavors like ginger or rosemary to the syrup, add it now and let it cook for at least 10 minutes. Extract solids from mixture before use.
Allow the syrup to cool before use. Storage, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 months.