Today I’m going to share one of my very favorite summer cocktails – Pineapple Vanilla Mojitos.
Last summer I started playing around with mojitos because I had a bumper crop of mint in my garden. The funny thing is, I’ve never liked rum too much…but I LOVE this cocktail, and it’s perfect for warm summer nights on my deck. I thought the pineapple – vanilla combo sounded odd the first time I tried it, but it really is fabulous.
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Mint comes in all kinds of varieties – chocolate mint, orange mint, apple mint and pineapple mint to name a few. My local farmer’s market carries a good variety, but I always get mojito mint plants when I buy my herbs in the spring. They have nice big leaves and the flavor really is better if you’re planning on using it to make cocktails.
Important note – I have adapted this recipe for the glasses that I normally use to make them in, which is a fairly large stemless wine glass. This drink as written is most definitely a double. It’s not supposed to have much mixer, just a splash of club soda, but you can add a bit more if you like. So while it sounds fluffy and fruity, it packs a pretty serious punch.
You will need a muddler, but they aren’t expensive – you can find one HERE (afflil link). A cocktail shaker will help combine your luscious concoction, but if you don’t have one you can pour the mixture back and forth a few times between 2 glasses. A regular liquid measuring cup works perfectly for the rum and simple syrup.
Speaking of simple syrup, you’ll need to make a batch and allow it to cool down before happy hour. It’s very easy – just mix up equal parts sugar and water (2 cups + 2 cups) in a small saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil and stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved, and that’s all there is to it. It will keep for a few weeks in the fridge.