Fresh Grilled Pineapple Crush
Recipe by Marshall Altier, Bartender at JBird Cocktails in Manhattan
Grill fresh pineapple wedges over direct high heat until they soften and have dark grill marks, 3 to 5 minutes. For each drink, muddle 2 grilled wedges with 3/4 ounce of simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part water) and 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract. Pour into a shaker along with 2-ounces of Jamaican rum, such as Denizen, and 1-ounce of fresh lime juice. Add ice, shake, and strain into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple lightly dusted with black pepper, and a slice of lime if desired.