The taste of fresh mint and lime always takes me to a happy summertime place! Add pineapple and I’m in the tropics! Mojitos, the traditional highball of Cuba, are typically made with white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. Add fresh pineapple and make them with pineapple rum and you’ve gone tropical. Switch out the sparking water for lemon lime soda and you’ll have a pitcher of Pineapple Mojito Punch! Born in the city of Havana on the island of Cuba, the Mojito became internationally popular when the renowned writer Ernest Hemingway took a liking to the drink while visiting a local Cuban bar. He then began drinking the cocktail when he returned to Key West in the states and its popularity took off! So relax, kick up your feet and enjoy the company of family and friends while you sip on a Pineapple Mojito….and give thanks that the Mojito went international!
Pineapple Mojito Punch
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup lime juice, preferably fresh juice
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup super-fine sugar
3 cups lemon lime soda
1 1/2 cups pineapple rum
1 lime, thinly sliced
1. In pitcher combine pineapple chunks. lime juice, mint leaves and super-fine sugar. Using a wooden spoon or masher, “muddle” the mixture gently crushing pineapple chunks and mint leaves.
2. Add lemon lime soda, pineapple rum and lime slices, then add ice and serve.
Makes 6 cups + ice.