This beverage is perfect for a warm spring or summer day. The hot sunshine is perfect for this drink. It’s called Pineapple Ginger Cooler. A friend of mine recently mentioned the concept of boiling pineapple peel to make a beverage and I was intrigued and decided to make a version myself.
We use fresh pineapples around here all the time, so last time we had one I simply kept the peel and the core and stored them in the freezer. The core pineapples actually have one of the highest concentrations of bromelain.
Bromelain is a naturally occurring enzyme in pineapples. The enzyme is are highly anti-inflammatory and is even used as a digestive aid and in congestion relief.
I have to say, that every time I make this pineapple drink, I feel like I am beating the system.
It sounds so silly but the fact that only the top part of the pineapple is tossed, makes me feel really good. I suppose you could plant it, depending on where you live. But there’s hardly any waste here.
To this version I added pineapple peel, ginger, cinnamon, water, sugar and boiled for a bit. Yeah, that’s pretty much how it happened. After that, the rest is just magic.
Keep reading below if you want the recipe. It the perfect drink to sip on under the warm sun using only pineapple peel!
- peel of one whole pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 8 cups of water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp chopped ginger
- 1/4 cup sugar
- mixed frozen tropical fruits
- *mint to garnish
- In large pot add pineapple peel, ginger and cinnamon sticks
- Add 8 cups of water to pineapple peel
- Boil for 1 hour
- Add sugar and stir well
- Place mixture in the refrigerator until cool (at least 1 hour)
- Strain to serve
- Pour over frozen mixed tropical fruit and garnish with fresh mint as desired
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Amount Per Serving Calories 97Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 20mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 2gSugar 21gProtein 1g
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Originally published April 13, 2013. Republished 9/2/18.