Like no other mojito I've ever tasted, this cocktail is made with tons of pineapple and plenty of fresh mint; if you've tried a mojito in the past and not loved it, this one might change your mind. This drink is refreshingly light and not too sweet. It just might be my favorite summer beverage this year.
I read a review of this cocktail in Bon Appetit and I immediately called my sister to tell her to bring some mint with her when she met us at the cabin a few weeks ago. We mixed together a batch of the Pineapple Mint Puree on Friday night and the mojitos were a huge hit all weekend. We made a non-alcoholic version as well and the whole family enjoyed them. I've tweaked the recipe slightly, but this is very close to the original pineapple mojito that Mercer Kitchen serves in NYC.
Pineapple Mint Mojito
Yield: 1 - 2 drinks
(printable Pineapple Mint Mojito recipes)
3 lime wedges
2 pineapple chunks
5-6 mint leaves
2 ounces light rum
2 ounces pineapple mint puree (recipe below)
2-3 ounces club soda
Place the lime wedges, pineapple chunks and mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Lightly muddle and then fill the shaker with ice. Add the rum and pineapple puree and shake until icy cold and frosted, about 30 seconds. (Here's a tip for shaking mixed drinks: wrap the shaker in a dishtowel while you shake it to prevent your hands from freezing while it chills your drink.)
Do not strain; pour into (1) highball glass or (2) lowball glasses. Top with club soda, adjust the amount to taste. Garnish with mint leaves and a lime wedge. Enjoy!
Pineapple Mint Puree
Yield: 12 servings
(printable Pineapple Mint Puree recipe)
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh mint, firmly packed
1 1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks in 100% juice (reserve juice and extra pineapple)
Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves. This should only take a couple minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh mint. Let the syrup sit until it cools.
While the syrup is cooling, place the pineapple chunks in a blender and puree until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour the cooled syrup into the blender and pulse a couple times to combine. Pour the pineapple puree into a jar and chill until ready to use. This can be made in advance and will keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Non-Alcoholic Pineapple Mint Mojito
Yield: 1 drink
2 pineapple chunks
2 lime wedges
2 mint leaves
4 ounces pineapple mint puree (recipe above)
4 ounces club soda
Optional: reserved pineapple juice
the pineapple, lime and mint in the bottom of a tall glass. Add the
pineapple puree and the club soda. Stir to combine. Taste and add a
splash of the reserved pineapple juice to sweeten as needed. Garnish
with mint leaves and a lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!
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