Cocktails / Food

Pineapple Pepper Punch

Pineapple Pepper Punch

Recipe at the end of the post.

Fun Fact: Pineapple has some amazing science-backed health benefits! For more details and some fun learning, click here.

Sugar and spice and everything nice… like vodka, right?

This punchy bev is inspired by a lot of things. It’s inspired by summer and my first real scorcher living in the South (which I’m not sure my Canadian maple syrup blood can handle); it’s inspired by the fact that it’s the weekend (holler!), but most importantly, this sweet and zippy concoction is inspired by some very special friendships I’ve made in the last six months.

Connecting Over Cocktails

Networking is important in business, and in the blogging world it’s no different. But what is also important (and much less evident) is creating solid relationships with fellow bloggers. A few of my closest blogging chums and I decided to give a nod to the significance of blogging buddies – and what better way than through a cocktail link party?

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If we’re friends, you’ve heard me say it time and time again: bloggin’ ain’t easy. This is especially true when it becomes your life. Blogging for business is a constant battle to balance creation, learning, delivery, analytics, research, promotion, networking – and unlike other jobs, where you have your colleagues to join you in griping about work woes, you’re on your own here.

Probably why most of us drink, yeah?

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When I grumble to my family or friends about the woes that come with running a blog, I know they can’t fathom it and, as a result, they can’t say what I need to hear. They can’t tell me they understand how annoying it is to create fresh, beautiful dishes only to be beaten out in the rankings by uninspired no-bake cheesecakes and anything wrapped in bacon; they can’t moan and groan with me about how fickle Foodgawker can be when they approve one of your mediocre photos only to deny one you consider a total gem the next day; family and friends don’t understand just how taxing it can be to pour yourself into a well-planned post only to have it ruined by a bad photo session. Most importantly, no one but fellow like-minded bloggers understand the struggles of denying unfit paid opportunities in an effort to avoid becoming a sell-out.

As bloggers, we are constantly questioning ourselves and our decisions, and we absolutely need those few pals to tell us, “Hey, you. You did the right thing.

Decisions are hard, blogging can be trying, and we need our blogging peers for support. We need their constructive criticism and we need them to help push us forward when we feel like we’re falling behind.

So, if you’re a blogger, go make blog friends. NOW. Find them in your blogging niche and, heck, outside of your niche too! To say it’s rewarding seems like an understatement.

To my blogging friends – thank you. Thank you for being my inspiration, my fuel, and the incredible support that you’ve been and will continue to be.

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Cheers to the #FBCConnectingWithCocktails link party members and my bests:

Sean from Diversivore with his Mezcalita del Ocaso

Taylor from The Girl On Bloor with her Watermelon Cucumber Mojitos

Justine from Justine Celina with her Rose Lychee Elderflower Sangria 

Jared from The Hesitant Chef with his Minted Cucumber and Gin

Cassie from Crumb Kitchen with her Spiked Strawberry Basil Limeade

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Pineapple Pepper Punch


  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 2 thinly sliced rounds of a jalapeño pepper seeds removed
  • A pinch of ground cumin
  • Ice cubes about a handful
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey optional

GARNISHES (optional)Jalapeño rounds

  • Slice of pineapple
  • Slice of lime


  • To a cocktail shaker (see notes if you don't have one), add the lime juice, jalapeño slices, and a pinch of ground cumin.
  • If using a shaker, fill it with ice and add the vodka, pineapple juice, and a light drizzle of honey (optional).
  • Shake well, and strain the mixture over ice in a small cocktail glass.
  • Garnishes are optional.


Things that make great cocktail shaker substitutes: Sports bottles, jam jars, biscuit tins - or most anything with a lid.


  • […] I hope you guys aren’t getting sick of collaborative content, because today’s post is a collaboration with a good blogging chum of mine, Dana over at the (mostly) pesco-vegetarian blog Killing Thyme Eat-Zine. Dana’s blog may sound familiar because I’ve mentioned it a few times here at JustineCelina. First, I linked to her Caring for Cast Iron tips back in my Carrot Cashew Zoodles with Crispy Sesame Tofu post. She was also on board for our #FBCconnectingovercocktails collaboration, where I shared the recipe for my Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria and she created a delicious Pineapple Pepper Punch. […]

  • Justine
    June 27, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Cheers to you, Dana! It was so much fun dreaming up this collab with you, and your punch looks incredible. I love sweet drinks with a bit of heat and this one is right up my alley! Thanks for being my blogging chum — I’m so grateful we were able to connect through FBC. :) Have a great week!

  • Renee
    June 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Pineapple and jalapeno make such a great combo! Love the spice with the sweet. Thanks for sharing!

    • Killing Thyme
      June 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Renee! I’m with you. Spicy and sweet is where it’s at.

  • Meeta
    June 22, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    What a sweet fruit and fiery cocktail all the elements needed in a cocktail!

  • Karly
    June 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I love love love cocktails with a spicy twist! Makes me want more, ha ha ha!

  • nicole
    June 22, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I like this punchy punch! Pineapple and jalapeños make such a fun flavor combo — people don’t use them together enough! There’s actually a cider on tap at a bar near me that combines these flavors…very summery!

    • Killing Thyme
      June 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! Oh boy, I’m a total sucker for a good cider. What do you think of beers infused with herbs? The bottle shop near our place has one infused with thyme and it is goddamn glorious.

  • safira
    June 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

    These pics are great and so yummy looking!

    • Killing Thyme
      June 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks, Safira!

  • Sean
    June 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Cheers Dana :)

    It’s been a lot of fun working on this with you and the others, and I can’t wait to do more in the future. I’m also super-grateful to have you as a blogging buddy. I think a lot of people don’t appreciate what working from home can be like (i.e. isolating), and how great it can be to have someone who’s basically like your awesome coworker buddy. You hit the nail on the head in terms of the struggles. It might seem odd to complain, but it’s so nice to have someone understand the frustrations that come with this particular corner of the internet. So here’s to creating beautiful, delicious, inspired (and inspiring) food – and nary a block of cream cheese in sight.

    • Killing Thyme
      June 22, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Cheers buddy!
      And you’ve definitely nailed it. Working from home is so very isolating and I totally appreciate the fact that I can treat you as my long distance colleague to whom I can gripe with and hit up when I need a laugh or have a stupid joke. You’re the colleague I’d try to keep a straight face with after placing someone’s stapler in a jello mold. Haha.

      Definitely looking forward to working together again and shattering candied bacon ceiling!

  • Elaine @ Flavour and Savour
    June 20, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Love a spicy cocktail and this one looks amazing! Also loved your thoughts about blogging woes. Had a good laugh about the no-bake cheesecake and bacon-wrapped anything. So true, so frustrating, but so important to stay true to yourself and be authentic.

    • Killing Thyme
      June 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Elaine! Haha, I’m glad you were able to appreciate the jab at the no-bake cheesecake and bacon takeover. But, exactly as you said, it’s important to remain true to yourself and even if it means less craze, at least we’re being innovative :) That will catch up to us in a good way eventually.

  • […] Dana at Killing Thyme’s Pineapple Pepper Punch […]

  • […] (Killing Thyme Eat-Zine) – Pineapple Pepper Punch Justine (Justine Celina) – Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria Sean (Diversivore) – […]


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