Pineapple is so versatile it was so hard to come up with three recipes to share… so I cheated. I knew I wanted to do a cocktail, but I figured I could do a cocktail – two different ways.
When I think of the cocktails I want to make for warm summer days, I think of margaritas and mojitos. They are just so refreshing! A friend of mine and I used to make a huge pitcher of blended margaritas and sit by the pool all day polishing it off and watching the kids try to drown the men. They were never successful. Blended margaritas always remind me of those awesome sunny pool days.
For some reason when I considered making a batch of margaritas, I really wanted the spicy flavor of chiles. Originally I was going to use jalapenos, but I decided I would need too much pepper to give it the flavor I really wanted. So I went with a smaller but spicier pepper – a serrano. It worked perfectly. The serrano divulges the spicy quality but not chunks of pepper which allows the margarita to keep that lovely smooth blended texture I really wanted.
Before I tell you about this amazingly delicious mojito I made, I have to tell you about this weekend! We went to a Renaissance Faire to celebrate Bradley’s 30th birthday. It was the first time I had ever been and decided to dress like a gypsy since I had random scraps of fabric and chains that added to the effect. I think it turned out pretty well. Bradley was quite the formidable pirate with a legitimate looking sword and everything, and Juliet played a authentic looking bar maid.
It was so much fun! The shows, the actors, the music and the food all contributed to such a fun, unique experience. I loved shopping too and wish I had tons of money to buy all those handcrafted items they had for sale. I know for sure next time I need a mug for my cider and a loop to hold it on my belt, then I’ll be set!
Ok, so mojitos. I think they are one of my favorite cocktails. So refreshing, light and summery. Pineapple is just a added bonus to an original mojito. For some reason it just makes me want to have a barbeque and celebrate the summer! In fact, we just bought a new barbeque, I am so excited! You are going to actually see my barbeque skills later this week. One of my favorite things ever is grilled pineapple, just wait to see what I do with it!
So my next obsession is going to be grilling. Everything. Not to mention I want to eat healthier – with occasional indulgences. Grilling proteins, vegetables and even fruit are all awesome as well as healthy. So what I want to know is what is your favorite grilling recipe?
- 16 mint leaves
- ½ lime
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 6 bite sized chunks fresh pineapple
- 2 quarter sized piece fresh ginger
- 4 ounces rum
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- Sparkling water
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Mint leaves, for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, place 8 mint leaves, ¼ lime, 1 tablespoon sugar, 3 chunks of pineapple and 1 chunk ginger. Muddle with a muddler until all juices are released. About 1 minute. Add 2 ounces of rum, seal lid and shake for 10 seconds. Strain all liquid into a tall glass. Add pineapple juice to the glass and top with sparkling water, ice, lime wedges and mint leaves.
- ½ cup tequila
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1 serrano pepper, seeds removed
- 2 cups ice
- Fresh pineapple slices, for garnish
- Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with pineapple slices.