06/10/2014 03:29 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

A Kitchy Kitchen Recipe: Grilled Pineapple Agua Fresca

Claire Thomas

Just because summer's over doesn't mean you can't enjoy a fruity, rum-y cocktail! This grilled pineapple agua fresca is refreshing on its own, but even more delicious with a nip of smokey mezcal or an aged rum added to the mix. So just close your eyes and pretend to hear the waves crashing and birds calling in the breeze... for at least a few sips you can get away.


For 1 quart (4 cups)
1 pineapple, cored and sliced into fourths
1 cup lime juice (about 8 limes)
2 cups hot water
6 tablespoons agave nectar


On a hot grill, grill the pineapple until marked (about 2 minutes a side). Pop into a blender, and puree.  Add water if needed to help the blender get going. Strain into a pitcher.  Juice the limes, and put all of the used halves into a bowl and cover with 2 cups of hot water.  Let it sit for about 10 minutes.  The hot water pulls all of the natural oils out of the citrus skins and adds so much flavor.  Add the water and juices to the pitcher, and finish with the agave nectar. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.