Summer is definitely my favorite time of year to share craft cocktails with fab friends and this season has been no exception! When picking out my summer sips, I have been currently craving robust flavors with a refreshing twist and one of my most recent delish discoveries that hit all these rights notes is the Pineapple Express, created by Oak & Rye's head mixologist Oswaldo Serafin. Located in downtown Los Gatos, Oak & Rye has rapidly become one of my favorite local pizza places. Along with its handcrafted pizza, Oak & Rye's cocktail program is a must-try! Its libations filled with unique flavor twists, many are created with syrups and garnishes developed exclusively in house.
To be honest, the first time I saw the Pineapple Express, I picked it because I was enchanted by the adorable pineapple stamp garnish. (Hey, hey, don't judge me! LOL. You know if you saw that cute little sip waltz by your table you would pick it too!) Yet the tropical twist on the pisco sour packs a delightfully sweet and sour punch, making the Pineapple Express not just ideal to Instagram (Don't lie. You know you were thinking it! HA), but a perfect patio time drink.
A couple of tips for those aspiring craft cocktail makers (Like moi) that want to recreate this drink. You must shake this drink TWICE before serving. Most importantly is the dry shake, meaning sans ice. This is a key step for any drink made with an egg white for dry shaking guarantees the cocktail's ingredients will combine properly before introducing any ice. Another key element to this drink is its amazing Pineapple Fennel Shrub flavor. Oak & Rye's cocktail guru Oswaldo Serafin suggests making your own shrub, as he does, to maximize taste. An easy process with a seven day turn around, it is worth the wait. It can be used in a variety of summer drinks, even non-alcoholic ones like in a simple shrub soda when paired with sparkling water. Variations of the shrub can also be found pre-made (You can buy one online HERE). Finally for that adorable Pineapple stencil garnish! You can easily create this touch by simply pouring bitters into a mini spray bottle you can find at your local craft store (shop example HERE), using the bitters as a mist. VIOLA and CHEERS!
Pineapple Fennel Shrub
Apple Cider Vinegar
32 oz Mason Jar
1. Chop half a fresh Pineapple into small cubes
2. Toast 1 oz Fennel Seeds
3. Mix Pineapple and Fennel Seeds in a large bowl
4. Add 2 cups of sugar
5. Add 3. 5 cups of Apple Cider Vinegar
6. Pour mixture into Mason Jar
7. Allow to sit for 7 Days
Pineapple Fennel Shrub
1. Place one egg white into cocktail shaker
2. Pour 1.25 oz Pisco into shaker
3. Add equal parts Lime Juice, Pineapple Fennel Shrub and Simple Syrup, .75 oz each
4. Dry shake
5. Add ice and shake well
6. Strain into glass and allow to sit, creating cascading effect
7. Garnish with a stenciled fruit shape, using bitters spray
Oak & Rye
303 North Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA