Friday, August 3, 2012
The Weekly Nightcap - Pineapple Mojito
there must be something in the water of late because i seem to have quite a few pregnant friends. don't worry, i don't think it's contagious, but it did make me stop and think. maybe i should add some mocktail versions into my weekly nightcap rotation.
this week (and some weeks) i will be offering a cocktail that can also be easily made alcohol-free for those wanting to join in on the fun. this pineapple mojito is a perfect example of just such a versatile drink. because of the fresh, tasty fruit and fruit juice, this drink is just as good with and without the rum.
if you are looking for a mocktail (a "mock" cocktail), simply follow the recipe and omit the rum. go ahead and serve it in a fancy glass with all the garnishes to make it a fancy treat! if you are making this a true cocktail, i used regular light rum, but pineapple or coconut rum would be excellent too.
3-4 fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cored and chopped
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/2 tsp lime juice
1 1/2 oz light rum
mint and pineapple, for garnish
fill glass half full with crushed ice and mint leaves and stir roughly to release mint flavor. in a blender, combine pineapple, lime juice, pineapple juice, and coconut water and blend until super smooth. pour rum, if using, into glass and add in pineapple/coconut mixture. stir well to combine. garnish with mint sprigs and a pineapple slice, if desired.