Pineapple Mojito Recipe
[1] A Pineapple Mojito for National Mojito Day (photo © Cocina 214 | Winter Park, Florida).

Strawberry Mojito
[2] Strawberry and Classic Mojitos (photo © Hard Rock Cafe).


[3] For a Blackberry Mojito, just add 1/2 ounce of blackberry liqueur (photo © Driscoll’s).


[4] Fresh pineapple makes a big difference. Use canned pineapple only as a last resort. Purchasing tip: Pineapples don’t ripen after they’re picked, so a pineapple from the store is ready to go (photo © Produce Marketing Guide).

 

July 11th is National Mojito Day, good weather for tossing down a refreshing drink of rum with lime, mint and sugar.

Pineapple was not part of the original recipe. Pineapple juice and coconut rum were added later, to variations that include the fruit-flavored Mojito recipes below.

This recipe, created by Cocina 214 in Winter Park, Florida, uses two different rums: pineapple rum and coconut rum.

If you don’t have either and you only want to buy one, go for the coconut rum; the pineapple juice will give you the pineapple hit.

Fresh fresh pineapple chunks, of course, create a far more exciting drink than canned pineapple.
 
 
RECIPE: PINEAPPLE MOJITO

Ingredients For 1 Drink

  • 6 leaves of mint, stems removed
  • 1 ounce pineapple chunks (fresh pineapple makes a huge difference)
  • 1.5 ounces pineapple juice (you can press the rest of the pineapple into juice)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (recipe)
  • .75 ounce Malibu Pineapple Rum
  • .75 ounce Bacardi Rum Coconut
  • 1 ounce soda water
  • .5 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Garnish: fresh pineapple spear and/or leaf
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    Preparation

    1. MUDDLE the mint, pineapple, diluted lime and simple syrup. Add ice. Then add the rums and shake well.

    2. POUR the contents into a 16-ounce glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple spear and/or leaf.
     
     
    MORE MOJITO RECIPES

  • Beet Mojito
  • Blueberry Mojito
  • Classic Mojito
  • Cranberry Mojito
  • Honey & Raspberry Mojito
  • Pomegranate Mojito
  • Strawberry, Pineapple-Coconut & Magical Mystery Mojitos
  • Strawberry Rose Mojito
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    MOJITO HISTORY

    The mojito (mo-HEE-toe) is a quintessential Cuban cocktail.

    The name derives from the African voodoo term mojo, to cast a small spell.

    (Today the term is used as slang to refer to personal magnetism, charm, and/or sex appeal.)

    According to Bacardi Rum, the drink can be traced to 1586, when Sir Francis Drake and his pirates• unsuccessfully attempted to sack Havana for its gold.

    His associate, Richard Drake (a distant relative), was said to have invented a Mojito-like cocktail known as El Draque (Sir Francis Drake’s pirate nickname).

    It was made with aguardiente, a crude forerunner of rum; plus sugar, lime and mint.

    Around the mid-1800s, when the Bacardi Company was established, rum was substituted and the cocktail became known as a Mojito.

    Aguardientes are still sold today. They are made by fermentation and distillation of sugared (cane) or sweet must.

    Cane aguardiente and cachaça are similar, but distinct, products.
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    *Drake may have been a pirate, but the half-share of the booty he gave to Queen Elizabeth was an enormous contribution to her coffers. In 1580, for example, her portion of the treasure surpassed the rest of the Crown’s income for that entire year.

     

     
      


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