Green Pineapple Cordial

Kelsey Ramage, Trash Tiki | Toronto

“People think pineapple rinds are not very usable in terms of drinks,” says Kelsey Ramage of the sustainably-minded Trash Tiki, but her green pineapple cordial proves otherwise. Blended with just water, sugar and basil, the result is a bright, verdant-hued sweetener that squeezes out the last bits of life in your pineapple and adds a dose of the tropics to just about any drink.

Ingredients

Yield: 1 cup

  • 2 cups white or confectioners' sugar
  • Rinds from one pineapple
  • 5-6 basil stems, with leaves attached
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions
  1. Blend sugar and water until almost dissolved.
  2. Add basil stems and pineapple and blend until sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Strain through a fine strainer.
  4. Bottle and refrigerate for up to 5 days.