Beverage Recipes

Chef Noel Cunningham Pumpkin-Pineapple Cooler

“This pumpkin-pineapple cooler is definitely a crowd pleaser. Hands down. The pineapple combined with the pumpkin is like a match made in heaven with the ginger and lime juice serving as maid-of-honour and best man. This drink is healthy as it is refreshing and ideal for the summer heat.” – Chef Noel Cunningham, Cuisine by Noel  

(Makes 4 servings)

2 cups pumpkin, peeled and chopped

1/2 lb pineapple

3 cups water

1 lime, juiced

1-inch piece of ginger, skin removed

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Boil pumpkin in reasonable amount of water as it will be needed to blend the pumpkin and pineapple. Once cooked, let both water and pumpkin cool.

In a blender, add pineapple, pumpkin (with water) and ginger; blend on high speed until everything is well blended together. Add sugar and stir well until sugar is dissolved. Test for taste and if not sweet enough, add sugar to your desired sweetness along with lime juice.

Strain juice through a fine-mesh sieve. Serve immediately.

Serving tip: before serving, add a few ice cubes to the glasses and place in the refrigerator to chill for a colder beverage.

About the author

Chef Noel Cunningham

Chef Noel Cunningham, socially known as Chef Cunny, is the dynamic force behind his catering company, Cuisine by Noel and columnist at cooking sense magazine. His philosophy and passion are reflected in his move towards creating healthier cuisine along with showcasing Jamaican cuisine with a modern twist.

He recently appeared twice on CTV Winnipeg’s Morning Live, Kiss102.3fm, and was featured in the November 2015 and March 2016 issue of Jamaican Eats magazine. In the last 12 months, he was also featured in the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer and the Jamaican magazine. If that isn’t enough, he has under his belt many television appearances on Jamaica’s CVM TV: Television Jamaica’s morning program Smile Jamaica, Entertainment Report, Intense, Nyammings cooking show and Talk Jamaica Online Radio.