The Pineapple Express

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Author Notes: A few facts about this fizzy, sweet, float-like slush:
1) It was inspired by a Maui institution: the Tasaka Family “guri-guri,” a frozen sherbet-like confection.
2) All that is known for certain about the "guri-guri" is that it contains sweetened condensed milk. The rest of the recipe is a closely guarded family secret.
3) After one sip, my six-year-old declared, “It does not look like it will be, but this is delicious!,” shortly followed by, “Put this on the Food52!”
4) In an attempt to out-comment his big sister, my three-year-old son then said, “Momma, put it on…Twitter!”
5) Clearly, I have some issues.
6) Finally, my youngest brother -- who inspired my Dirty Chai Toddy -- coined the name "The Pineapple Express." Did I mention he just got back from a semester abroad that included time in Amsterdam? (Maybe your first instinct about the drink was right, after all.) Innuendo aside, I like the drink because once everything is frozen, it is a cinch to put together.

Note: For a description on cutting a pineapple, see my recipe for a Mai Tai Tart: - gingerroot

Food52 Review: This was such a refreshing and tasty warm weather drink. I loved the combination of the pineapple, sweet milk, and seltzer. With just the right sweetness and pinapple zing, I am bound to make this many times this summer. And, if I happen to have a little dark rum sitting around, it may just end up in the mix, as well!thehappycook

Serves 4 to 5 in highball or fountain glasses, more in shorter glasses

  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 fragrant, ripe pineapple, cored, cut into small fan-shaped wedges, and frozen (about 5 cups of fruit)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Very cold sparkling mineral water or seltzer
  • Rosemary sprigs (optional, but recommended)
  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk, milk, and vanilla in a shallow container. Freeze until consistency is slushy, at least three or four hours. As you would with a granita, rake the surface of mixture every hour or so with a fork. After 4 hours mine was still a bit gooey, like condensed milk dotted with ice crystals.
  2. When ready to make your drinks, blend the pineapple to desired consistency in a blender using the ice crush function. (I liked mine with a few little chunks of fruit.) This works best in batches, about a cup of fruit at a time. Transfer to a bowl as you go.
  3. Fill each glass about halfway with icy crushed pineapple. For highball glasses, this is about a cup of fruit. Add 3 tablespoons of the condensed milk mixture for highball or fountain glasses, or 2 tablespoons for shorter glasses. Top with cold sparkling mineral water or seltzer. Stir and taste (add more condensed milk mixture if you want it a little sweeter). Garnish with a rosemary sprig, if desired -- it imparts a lovely woodsy aroma as you sip. Enjoy!
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over 1 year ago indieculinary

Hard to beat fizzy pineapple. Saved!


over 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks, indieculinary, I have to agree. : ) Hope you enjoy it if you try it.


over 3 years ago dymnyno

I love guri guri, especially the pineapple flavor. It's about the only reason that I have to go to the Maui Mall


over 3 years ago gingerroot

I was waiting for you to say you've had guri guri! : )


over 3 years ago AppleAnnie

This reminds me slightly of a wonderful pineapple-banana smoothie on the menu at the Mustard Seed Market in Northeastern Ohio, called "pulp friction"


over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, AppleAnnie!


over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Great story, greater flavors.


over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, boulangere! The sweet pineapple (hopefully at least), made creamy and rich with the condensed milk and vanilla, is balanced nicely with the herbal rosemary and bubbly seltzer.


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Ancient guri-guri secret no more! Sounds awesome. Suck on that rosemary sprig - very tasty!


over 3 years ago gingerroot

Lol! Thanks, mrslarkin! You are so right about that rosemary sprig. I really loved it in this.


over 3 years ago chefJesuslover4ever

This recipe looks / sounds awesome! I've been hunting for some recipes that contain Pineapple. I will be sure to try this recipe when I have a chance! Good luck with your other recipes.


over 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Da Kine!


almost 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I just love this recipe! I plan to make it really soon. And I really enjoyed your headnote - so funny!!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, ChezSuzanne! We all really enjoyed it and were in stitches last night after the comments from the peanut gallery. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you try it.


almost 4 years ago TiggyBee

Maui wowie. Love it!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Lol, I mean, ahem, not that Maui institution. I heart you, TiggyBee!


over 3 years ago TiggyBee

I heart you too!


almost 4 years ago lorigoldsby

This sounds delightful.


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, Lori!


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Always listen to the wisdom of children! Yum!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

So true, wssmom! Thanks!


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh wow!! We love pineapple around here and have one sitting on the counter...let me run out and get some condensed milk!!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Wow, Pat! I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Yum! I am working on a pineapple drink, but yours sounds wonderful!!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, Sagegreen! Looking forward to your pineapple concoction.


almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Cowabunga! This sounds amazing, dude!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Lol! You crack me up. Thanks, hope you try it! xx


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh this sounds so good.


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

It was really tasty and refreshing. Hope you try it!