Ask my friends and they'll probably tell you they've rarely, if ever, seen me with an alcoholic beverage in my hand. I've never liked the taste or smell of beer, and the drinks I do like - pina coladas, moscow mules - tend to contain extra sugar that I just don't want to drink.
But mojitos are a different story. Before I turned 21, I remember my small group leader turned mentor turned friend always wanting mojitos when we went out. Wanting to be just like her, I gave mojitos a try. The lime flavors paired with the mint were just so refreshing, especially when drinking them poolside in this Florida heat.
I made these pineapple mojitos for my family last week while vacationing in Sanibel. It seemed like the perfect drink to have on hand while having a BBQ and staring out the windows at the palm trees. Cold, refreshing, and paired with the perfect summer fruit and citrus. Also, having my family on hand while I snapped pics for the blog was quite entertaining since they'd never seen the process before. My sister-in-law declared she wants to be on hand to help with all blog pics moving forward. I'm sure the taste-testing/drinking that goes along with the job doesn't hurt.
*Makes one drink
7 mint leaves
Handful of pineapple chunks
1 lime, cut into wedges
1.5 oz pineapple rum
1 tbs sugar
Soda water (to desired taste)
In the bottom of your glass, place 5 mint leaves and a wedge of lime. Muddle the flavors together with a spoon.
Top with the sugar, another lime wedge, pineapple chunks, and muddle again.
Add the rum, soda water, and ice to the glass. Stir.
Garnish with additional mint, pineapple, and lime.