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Smoky Pineapple Fresca with Stoli Crushed

I recently moved to Houston, Texas from the East Coast and quickly learned that the Lone Star State has an abundance of two natural resources: southern hospitality and heat. The locals’ idea of a “cold” winter’s day is a semi-cloudy February afternoon when the mercury reluctantly dips down into the 70s. I’m melting down here, people! Personally, I find the worst part about the sweltering weather is entertaining company during the summer. If we’re going to be having a backyard BBQ in Satan’s armpit, then I need to make sure my refreshing drink game is on point. So when I was asked by Stoli Vodka to create a summer cocktail recipe with their new Stoli Crushed line, it was like the abundantly-air-conditioned gates of Heaven opened up. Completely inspired by their delicious Pineapple and Ruby Red Grapefruit flavors, I whipped up the Smoky Pineapple Fresca cocktail recipe.

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Smoky Pineapple Fresca

INGREDIENTS:

1 ¾ ounces of Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka

½ ounce of mezcal

Dash of grapefruit juice

Dash of lime juice

1 teaspoon of honey

1 fresh basil leaf (chopped)

3-4 chunks of pineapple

Ice

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Muddle the pineapple chunks and chopped basil leaf in a wine glass.
  2. Add the mezcal, lime juice, grapefruit juice, Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka, and honey.
  3. Top with ice and stir generously with a bar spoon. Enjoy!

Let’s walk this through step-by-step, shall we? Muddle the pineapple chunks and chopped basil leaf in a wine glass.

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Add 1/2 ounce of mezcal…

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Add a dash of lime juice…

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Add a dash of grapefruit juice…

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Add 1 3/4 ounces of Stoli Crushed Pineapple Vodka…

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… and finally add 1 teaspoon of honey.

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Top with ice and stir generously with a bar spoon.

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I couldn’t think of a more appropriately refreshing way to utilize Stoli Crushed. Frescas are notoriously rejuvenating on a steamy day because they are a perfectly chilled, fruity concoction. And just saying the word “fresca” lowers your body temperature by 10 degrees. Really, it’s science. Stoli Crushed is the perfect vodka for backyard entertaining on a hot summer’s day because it is the first premium, imported vodka with real fruit juice. The smooth, high-quality vodka is made with naturally gluten-free ingredients that include corn and buckwheat, and then blended with real pineapple and grapefruit juice. So make sure to pick up a pick up a few bottles of Stoli Crushed Pineapple and Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka for your next steamy backyard BBQ… they work wonderfully in a cocktail (like today’s!) or on-the-go, simply over crushed ice and club soda. Now if you don’t mind me, me and my fresca are going to have a little alone time.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stoli. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Sam Temsah-Deniskin

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the whimsical life of accidental photographer, stylist, & writer, Sam. Her approachable and fun style has received critical acclaim from such media outlets as The Huffington Post, Real Simple Magazine, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed. In addition to running a successful photography & content creation business, Sam also serves as a contributing writer for Liquor.com and Scary Mommy.

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33 Comments

  1. Calvin says:

    Really bright colour I like pineapple flavour

  2. Bailey says:

    This is such a unique sounding drink. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. I’m loving all the color in these pictures, so eye-catching! I’m a huge pineapple fan, this sounds super delicious!

  4. These look absolutely delicious! Such a perfect summer drink!

  5. Oh my! These look amazing! Now to have my bartender(aka the hubs) make a round of these to sip poolside!

  6. Love this! I need this to get in my glass now!

  7. This sounds refreshing!

  8. Victoria Onken says:

    looks amazing! Is the vodka sweet on it’s own? I don’t like drinks that are too sweet so should I hold back on honey then?

    1. Thanks, Victoria! Stoli has done a nice job just adding a splash of pineapple flavor and not too much else. Not sweet in the traditional sense of sweet liqueurs. And yes, you can easily hold the honey on this recipe. If you’d like to really spice it up, I’d even suggest substituting the honey for a dash of jalapeno oil! 😉

  9. Oh this sounds like summer in a drink! YUM!!!

  10. This looks like a wonderful summer drink!

  11. I’m not a vodka person..but i’m sure i can pass this on to my Vodka lover friends..!!!

    1. You could substitute it with a gin or tequila. Great for mixing for friends, though!

  12. Ok… heading to the store right now to get some Stoli!!!!!!! This might just become my favorite drink!!!!!!!!!! Love it!

    1. Yay! Totally worth the trip to the store!

  13. This looks amazing! I love pineapple. I can’t wait to try this.

    1. The pineapple add the perfect summer flavor to the drink!

  14. Your pics are so cute!! Love the looks of the drinks too 🙂

    1. Thanks, Felicia!

  15. These look so tasty! I love anything with basil in it, so I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

    xo
    Kayla
    http://www.aclassicambition.com

    1. Oh yes! Basil is the best!

  16. Okay 1) this recipe looks so delicious. Absolutely perfection for summer.
    and 2) where did you get that table cloth, it’s gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, Mila! It’s actually an acrylic tray with a palm tree design. Was purchased at a home goods store, just can’t remember which one.

  17. Yum! This sounds amazing and I wish I had one for sitting out on the patio right now!

    1. Perfect for sipping on the patio!

  18. I’m loving all of these fun cocktails with fresh herbs – so fresh and perfect for summer!

    1. Oh yes! Fresh herbs add an unexpected pop of color and flavor!

  19. These pictures are amazing! I could use one of these right now. Is 2:45pm to early? lol Happy Friday!

    1. Why thank you, Angie! And no, on a hot summer’s day it is never too early to start. 😉

  20. I am obsessed with any kind of cocktail with honey in it! Yum, I have to try this!

    1. Oh yes! Honey is such an underrated cocktail ingredient! Let me know what you think when you try it out! 🙂

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