8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Making this sweet and spicy beverage--known as gnamacoudji--is a thrifty way of using leftover pineapple skins. A tablespoon of grated lemon rind may be substituted for lemongrass.

How to Make It

Step 1

Remove peel from pineapples; cut peel into 3-inch pieces (reserve pulp for another use). Combine peels and 6 cups water in Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes. Drain in a colander, reserving 4 cups cooking liquid; press peels to release moisture. Discard peels.

Step 2

Combine ginger, lemongrass, and 2 tablespoons water in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Place ginger mixture on a dampened double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely. Place cheesecloth bag and 4 cups water in a medium bowl; let stand 30 minutes. Strain reserved pineapple cooking liquid and ginger mixture into a large pitcher; discard cheesecloth bag. Add sugar; stir well. Chill. Serve over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

bascabaker's Review

March 19, 2011
I make this all the time when I've got fresh pineapple trimmings - but make it even easier: put the trimmings, minced ginger, juice and rind of 1 lemon, plus mint sprigs (lots) in large soup pot with water.....boil all and simmer 30. Strain - add sugar if desired. Pour into empty water gallon jug. Chill. Perfect to cart to picnics and baseball games, etc.