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Grilled Pineapple Mules

February 8, 2019 (Last updated January 7, 2022) · Nicole Triebe

Putting a summery twist on your classic Moscow mule with  grilled pineapple! This grilled pineapple mule is the perfect combination of spicy and sweet that will transport you to the islands with one sip! 

grilled pineapple mule ingredients

It’s been a rough couple weeks weather-wise in Chicago.  Last week the polar vortex swept through our city and wind-chill temperatures reached negative 50 degrees.  Schools were cancelled, and everyone hibernated for a few days. Needless to say, I didn’t leave the house if I didn’t have to.

In true Chicago fashion, two days later temperatures reached 50 (on the positive side this time) and it felt like a heat wave! And a heat wave calls for some tropical cocktails!  Pineapple Moscow mules with PAU Maui Vodka were in order.

How does PAU Maui Vodka differ from other vodkas?

Vodka is traditionally made by distilling the liquid from cereal grains or potatoes that have been fermented. PAU Maui vodka is distilled from a pineapple!

pau maui vodka

It is handcrafted from locally sourced ingredients in the heart of the pineapple region of Upcountry Maui.  PAU uses unique glass stills, Hawaiian spring water, and world-famous Maui Gold® Pineapple.  Because of how it’s made, PAU Maui Vodka has a much smoother finish. It’s also naturally gluten free!

So it was only fitting that I paired this ultra smooth vodka with my grilled pineapple mule.  It was the perfect compliment to the sweetness of the pineapple juice and spicy ginger beer.

grilled pineapple mule being poured

PAU Maui Vodka is a true farm-to-bottle product with a clean well-balanced flavor profile that mirrors the pure Hawaiian ingredients it is made from. It’s a top choice for consumers who are more conscious than ever of what is in their food and drink!  It’s now available at my local Chicago Binny’s store, and I could not be more excited!

pau maui vodka

I picked up all the essentials at my local Binny’s as well.  My favorite Ginger Beer, pineapple juice, and some festive umbrella picks! I just had to make one stop at my local produce store for some fresh pineapple and I was all set!  In just a couple steps, this goes from shopping cart to bar cart in no time at all!cocktail umbrellas in store

grilled pineapple mule

Does my grilled pineapple mule need a copper mug?

Not only do copper mugs help to keep your grilled pineapple mule cool while you’re holding it with your hot little hand, using copper mugs for any Moscow Mules will enhance the individual flavors of the ginger beer, vodka, and lime. Some experts say that when vodka touches the walls of the mug, the copper begins to oxidize, slightly boosting the aroma, and enhancing the taste of the vodka!

In short, it’s not absolutely necessary, but your grilled pineapple mule will taste that much more delicious if you use a copper mug.

grilled pineapple mule garnished with cocktail umbrella

How do you make a grilled pineapple mule?

Start by grilling some pineapple.  On an outdoor grill or grill pan indoors, grill the pineapple for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until heated through and grill marks appear.  Slice into wedges and stick a knotted cocktail pick through the middle.

Add the following to a Moscow Mule mug or highball glass filled with ice:
PAU Maui vodka
Pineapple juice
Ginger beer
Splash of lime juice
Stir to combine.  Garnish with a grilled pineapple slice, a mint sprig and a cocktail umbrella!

So head out to your local Binny’s, or go you can purchase PAU Maui vodka at Reserve Bar here, grab your cocktail umbrellas and let’s get mixing!

If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out my watermelon mojito coolers

This post is sponsored by PAU Maui Vodka, but all opinions are my own.

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Grilled Pineapple Mule

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1.5 ounces PAU Maui vodka
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 3 ounces Gosling ginger beer
  • 1 mint sprig
  • 1 grilled pineapple slice
  • Crushed ice


Combine vodka with the lime and pineapple juices in a Moscow mule mug filled with ice.  Stir to combine. Garnish with a grilled pineapple slice and a mint sprig.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Tara February 18, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    This pineapple mule looks AH-MAZING. I just got some Moscow Mule mugs that I need to break in :). I love that the vodka is distilled from pineapples – really cool.

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