Blackberry Pineapple Sidecar

Escape to Summer with the Blackberry Pineapple Sidecar: A Refreshing Cocktail Recipe

As the sun warms our faces and the days stretch longer, our taste buds crave refreshing and vibrant flavors. Enter the Blackberry Pineapple Sidecar, a fruity twist on the classic cocktail that’s bursting with summery goodness. This recipe, shared by the talented bartender Vince Hardesty from Rapour Restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga, California, is sure to become your new go-to for summer gatherings or a delightful solo indulgence.

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A Modern Twist on a Classic

The Sidecar, a prohibition-era cocktail, consists of cognac, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and sugar. Hardesty’s recipe takes this beloved drink and infuses it with the sweetness of pineapple and the tartness of blackberries, resulting in a perfectly balanced and refreshing beverage.

Why We Love This Recipe

There’s a reason we love with this Blackberry Pineapple Sidecar. Here’s why:

  • Fresh and Seasonal:  Ripe blackberries and juicy pineapple are the stars of the show, offering a burst of natural sweetness and a touch of tartness.
  • Perfectly Balanced: The combination of rich cognac, tart lime juice, and simple syrup creates a harmonious flavor profile. It’s both refreshing and satisfying.
  • Easy to Make: This recipe comes together in just minutes with minimal ingredients and equipment.
  • Elegant Presentation: Served in a classic coupe glass, the vibrant hues of the blackberries and pineapple create a visually stunning cocktail that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

Bartender’s Secrets Revealed

In our exclusive how-to video, Vince Hardesty himself guides you through the creation process, sharing his expert tips and techniques. Watch the video to learn:

  • The proper muddling technique for extracting the most flavor from the blackberries.
  • The perfect ratio of ingredients to ensure a balanced and delicious drink.
  • Pro tips for achieving a professional-looking presentation.

Beyond the Basics: Customization Options

While this recipe is perfect as is, feel free to personalize it to your taste:

  • Adjust the sweetness: If you prefer a sweeter drink, add a touch more simple syrup.
  • Swap the cognac: For a lighter option, try substituting the cognac with brandy or even white rum.
  • Get creative with garnishes: A sprig of fresh mint, a blackberry skewered on a cocktail pick, or a pineapple wedge can add a touch of elegance and visual interest.

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Blackberry Pineapple Sidecar Recipe

Recipe by Jason Hill –
Vince Hardesty shares the secrets to his blackberry pineapple sidecar recipe. This is a great summer cocktail, made with fresh blackberries, pineapple juice, Hennessy and a squeeze of fresh lime.
If you can't find Hennessy, you can use any other type of cognac.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 6 fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/2 ounces Hennessey or other cognac
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup sugar water
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 orange wedge or sliceInstructions


  • Muddle berries in a glass. Add Hennessey, pineapple juice, simple syrup and lime. Shake with ice in a shaker. Strain into a martini glass and serve with a wedge of orange.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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