Summer is here and what better way to enjoy it than with a refreshing homemade pineapple juice!
My mom and grandma have been making this Fresco de Piña for as long as I can remember. It's not your typical pineapple juice though. Well, at least not how you would imagine making it.
This recipe calls for the pineapple skin and core, not the actual fruit.
It's a delicious way to use the leftovers of the fruit, instead of throwing them away.
Not only does it taste good, but it's also healthy since there are hardly any calories. I don't know about you, but this sounds like a winner to me!
All you need is a whole pineapple, spices and water.
- 1 Whole Pineapple
- 10-12 Cups of Water
- 1-2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 10-15 Cloves
- (optional) 1/2-3/4 cup of panela* or brown sugar - or whatever sweetener you like
* Panela is also known as piloncillo, raspadura, chancaca, or brown sugar cane.
Start off by cutting out the pineapple skin and cutting the pineapple in half.
Then cut out the core.
This is all you need:
- Combine all the ingredients in large saucepan or pot
- Bring to a boil and simmer partly covered for at about an hour, stirring occasionally.
- Let cool down, then strain it.
- You can drink it immediately, if you want to drink it warm or let it rest and then refrigerate it to allow the spices and pineapple flavor to concentrate.
This Fresco de Piña recipe is perfect for this time of year.
If you'd like to add a little fun to your drink, you can also add some alcohol to it (but you didn't hear this from me).