Pineapple Mojitos are perfect on a hot day. They are refreshing, minty, slightly sweet with pineapple, and have a hint of lime!
Friends, I know two things to be true for August: 1) It gets to be so incredibly hot and humid outside that you feel like you could cook an egg on the sidewalk (not that I would ever do that; gross!) 2) It’s time to shove our faces full of fresh summertime produce….because it’s end-ish of summer/peak season for all those lovely fruits and veggies!
These Pineapple Mojitos will solve all of your August problems: 1) They’re a refreshing, cold drink that is best sipped on a patio or a front porch swing. 2) They’ve got all that pineapple and fresh mint! Okay, so I technically use pineapple juice to make this drink, but you can be cool like me and chop up a fresh pineapple to garnish your drink and then you have an entire fresh pineapple to eat! Just go with it!
When I was in college I went on a two week study abroad trip to Costa Rica! I never had so much rice and beans in my lifetime; they were even served with breakfast! Delicious, but I had to take a break from anything containing rice and beans when I returned home. The other thing that was in abundance was fresh fruit. Fresh fruit with every meal. I tried fruit that I didn’t even know the name of – I loved every minute of it! Costa Rica had some pretty awesome rum – don’t worry I didn’t have it with every meal like I did the rice and beans and fruit. I would never have alcohol with breakfast – KIDDING! Anyway, one evening I ordered a mojito. Only seemed appropriate, right? I watched the bartender crush a ton of fresh mint leaves and squeeze some fresh limes, and top it off with rum and sparkling water. I immediately fell in love with that mojito! It was the best I have ever ordered at a restaurant/bar to date. Yes, I can still remember how it tasted – I can’t memorize my friends’ phone numbers to save my life, but I can remember what a mojito tasted like 7 years ago! I guess you can say that I love food! Who knew?
After that mojito in Costa Rica I have learned that ordering one in the U.S. is like ordering a Belgium waffle when you’re not in Belgium. It’s just not gonna be as good. In the U.S. they tend to make mojitos with about 3 mint leaves, if you’re lucky, then a splash of rum, and some Sprite. I’m sorry, but Sprite is not anywhere near the same as fresh-squeezed lime juice! Don’t even get me started on the lack of mint leaves!
With all of the mint that is taking over my garden I have been making my own mojitos, and trust me when I tell you that I make them heavy on the minty side. As much as I love the original lime version I couldn’t help but play around with the flavors. Sweet, refreshing pineapple juice is a blow-your-mind combo with the mint and a splash of lime. Seriously can’t go wrong!
I know you will love these Pineapple Mojitos. They’re:
With a hint of lime
Simple to make
& Perfect for sipping on your patio!
I hope you give these Pineapple Mojitos a try. If you do, please don’t forget to leave a comment below and rate the recipe. Your comments make my day! Cheers!
- 1 cup mint leaves, packed ( I used a combo of peppermint and spearmint because that's what I have in my garden, but any kind will do)
- 3 ice cubes
- 1 to 2 shots of light rum
- Juice of ¼ of a lime
- 6 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
- Sparkling plain water, unsweetened
- Fresh pineapple slices for garnish, optional
- Extra mint leaf sprigs for garnish, optional
- Add the mint leaves to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon to muddle the mint leaves to release all of their oils.
- Add the ice cubes, rum, lime juice and pineapple juice to the shaker. Shake until everything is well combined and the ice has mostly melted, about 1 minute.
- To your serving glass add a few more ice cubes (or an over sized ice cube). Use a spoon to transfer a few of the crushed mint leaves into the class, leaving most of them in the cocktail shaker. Place the lid back onto the cocktail shaker and strain the liquid into your serving glass.
- Top the mojito with the sparkling water. Gently stir to combine.
- Garnish with a pineapple slice, and a mint sprig, if desired. Serve immediately.
- Repeat this process for as many drinks as you need.