It’s finally time for the unveiling of the most delicious Pineapple Mojito that will ever touch your lips.
ARE YOU READY?!?!?
BAMSKIS! That right there, my friends? That’s a drinkable trip to paradise.
I wish I could tell you that I discovered the inspiration for this — the most magical mojito everrrr — while on some luxurious Caribbean vacation with my feet in the sand. It would just sound so much better that way! But alas, I cannot.
In reality, I found it in maybe one of the most unlikely places in the dead of winter. At Boudreaux, a cajun restaurant, in Blacksburg, VA.
I know: definitely not the best set-up/ story for such a wonderfully tropical drink (sooorrrry) but now that I think about it, Blacksburg is probably where I needed it most. Although it’s one of my favorite places on planet earth, a little liquid sunshine was definitely needed come cold, snowy February in
Bleaksburg Blacksburg. This drink was so warm and sunshiny, that it almost had me tossing my thick winter jacket aside and showing up in a bikini and my flippy-floppies for mid-winter Mojito Mondays.
So what’s a girl to do when she graduates from college and has to move far, far away from sippable bliss, and going without is just NOT an option? (and driving 4 hours one-way just for a mojito isn’t quite feasible, either. ← trust me, I’ve considered it many times).
She goes on the great pineapple mojito hunt. That’s what. And even after she’s
kissed sipped almost every darn frog mojito in the city and come up short, does she give up?
She puts on her
labcoat apron, and gets to experimenting at the bar.
During The Great Pineapple Mojito Quest, I tried seemingly ENDLESS pineapple mojito recipes and variations, (taste testing is such a tough job 😉 ) such as: switching up the quality of rum, adding some pineapple juice in, using granulated sugar vs. simple syrup, adding crushed up pineapple, using lime flavored club soda… just about everything you could think of AND every permutation possible. But still, I couldn’t achieve that pineapple-y perfection.
I know I may sound a little goldilocks (brunettilocks?) when it comes to my pineapple mojitos, but when you’ve had a taste of heaven, there’s no stopping until it’s juuuuuuuust right.
Then one day, the clouds parted and the sky opened and I discovered homemade liquor/simple syrup infusions. Could that be the ticket? Would a homemade pineapple-infused rum and mint-infused simple syrup FINALLY complete my excruciatingly long quest for the perfect pineapple mojito?
↓↓↓ JACKPOT ↓↓↓
At long last, I discovered the makings of what just might be the greatest pineapple mojito known to man (!!!!!!!!), all thanks to my friends: infusions. [Yes, Hokies, I would argue that it’s even better than Boudreaux’s!]
It’s crisp, it’s cool and refreshing, bright and citrusy — basically, this pineapple mojito is heaven all packed into one perfect little glass. ← Seriously. I would not joke about such things. No hyperbole here, folks. N-O-N-E.
I know that taking the time to infuse your liquor and simple syrup seems like so much work and so much waiting just for oneeee little drink but if you trust me on one thing in life, TRUST ME ON THIS: It’s so worth every millisecond you have to wait. And that is coming from one of the most impatient people to grace planet earth: yours truly.
So get that pineapple rum infusing and grab your muddlers, folks. It’s #FRIYAY and we’ve got a Pineapple Mojito PARADISE to get to!
CHEERS to that!!!
- 8-10 mint leaves, whole
- ½ large lime, cut into 2 segments
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
- 2 Tablespoons fresh pineapple, cut into small chunks
- 2 oz. Pineapple-Infused Rum
- ½ cup club soda
- Place the mint leaves in a cocktail glass, and squeeze the lime segments over the mint, placing the lime remnants in the glass after squeezing well.
- Pour in mint-infused simple syrup, and muddle the mint, lime wedges, and simlpe syrup together well. Add the pineapple chunks and muddle just a couple more times to lightly crush the pineapple.
- Pour in the pineapple-infused rum, and then add a few ice cubes. Slowly pour the club soda over the top.
- Stir well with a cocktail stirrer, and enjoy!