Photo by John Valls


Pineapple Trainwreck

Contrary to its name, this cocktail is a perfectly balanced blend of sweetness, spice and acidity.


1 1/2 oz. aged rum (Magarian uses Bacardi Añejo)

1 1/2 oz. fresh pineapple juice

3/4 oz. spicy ginger syrup (see below)

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 dash each Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters

Ice cubes

Tools: shaker, strainer

Glass: Old Fashioned

Garnish: skewered sour cherry and a pineapple leaf (optional) 

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain over fresh ice cubes into an Old Fashioned glass and garnish.


For the ginger syrup: In a large sealable container, add 3 1/2 oz. of granulated sugar to 4 oz. of fresh ginger juice. Stir until sugar dissolves, add a small splash of vodka (optional, it acts as a preservative), seal, and keep refrigerated.


Ryan Magarian, Oven & Shaker, Portland, Oregon