Royal Recipe: Our signature drink from Australia: the Pineapple Downer

“What would you like to drink, mate?” Nowadays, an Australian is almost guaranteed to respond with one of two answers: a beer or an iced coffee. We were inspired by the latter to create our latest cocktail recipe, which includes a few typical Australian ingredients.

Iced coffee is just one of those things. Every country has their own idea of what an iced coffee entails. The tastiest recipe truly lies in the eye of the beholder. Or, to put it another way, in the taste buds of the cup holder. Down under, iced coffee tends to be served with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream and is often spiced up with a syrup, for example. Australians have long been fans of iced coffee. The cooling beverage has been purchased by thirsty Aussies since the late nineteenth century. Ready to drink from the cooling shelf or freshly prepared – when you think of Oz, this ubiquitous beverage is never far away.

Three doesn’t make a crowd

Admittedly, iced coffee is something that’s usually enjoyed when the mercury is high. Our drink tastes great whatever the temperature – and it’s just perfect at sunset. A sundowner from down under, as it were. That can only be a good thing. Especially since Australians are bound to adore all the main ingredients of our Pineapple Downer – namely dark rum, pineapple and our aromatic Café Royal Agent’s Choice Espresso.


pineapple cut

Ingredients for a Pineapple Downer:

  • 40 ml dark rum
  • 20 ml pineapple syrup
  • 40 ml milk
  • 25 ml Agent’s Choice Espresso
  • Ice cubes
  • Pineapple slices to decorate

Ingredients for the pineapple syrup:

  • 250 g fresh pineapple
  • 125 g sugar
  • 125 ml water

Preparation time:

  • 15 minutes plus cooling time for the pineapple syrup
  • 5 minutes for the drink


  • A sharp kitchen knife
  • A pan
  • A hand blender or fork
  • A sieve
  • A jam jar or bottle
  • A long-drink glass


Preparing the pineapple syrup:

  1. Take a fresh, ripe pineapple and cut it into finger-sized pieces. To make the syrup, you will require 250 grams of this tropical fruit.
  2. Fry the pineapple pieces in a pan until they are lightly browned.
  3. Add sugar and water, then bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Take the pan off the stove, then either blend the mixture or crush the fruit with a fork. Stir thoroughly afterwards.
  5. Finally, pass the mixture through a sieve to remove all the fruit pulp, and fill your jam jar or a small glass bottle with the resulting syrup.

pineapple downer drinks

Preparing the Pineapple Downer:

  1. Fill a long-drink glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add rum, pineapple syrup and milk to the mix, then give it a stir.
  3. Finally, pour over the espresso and garnish the glass with a fresh slice of pineapple.

pineapple downer table

Three Aussie favourites in one royal drink. We think this taste experience is the perfect kick-start to the evening – whether or not you have an ocean sunset to go along with it.