I’ve just realised that we’re in the last month of Summer! It’s a travesty. For the past two months one of my favourite pastimes has been to sit on our breezy deck for ‘fivesies’ with Mr GFAF and our newest family member ‘Bentley’ the Brittany Spaniel pup. Soon, the afternoons will start getting shorter, and I’ll be back inside on the couch avoiding the nip in the air and daydreaming about a Summer holiday. In the meantime, I’ve resolved to make the most of the coming weeks before daylight savings ends, and I couldn’t think of a better tipple than this golden and refreshing Pineapple, Ginger and Mint Mojito Recipe to help the Summer afternoons linger a little longer.
Did you know that the Mojito cocktail originated in Havana, Cuba but the full origins of the recipe have apparently been lost in history? The original Mojito was made infinitely famous by the American novelist Ernest Hemingway. Mr Hemingway was said to have indulged in a Mojito or three on more than one occasion at a bar named La Bodeguita del Medio in Cuba where he lived from 1939 – 1960. In recent years, the classic Mojito has experienced a resurgence in popularity. And now that Cuba is the flavour of the month and a must visit destination for any intrepid traveller, I think we will be enjoying Mojitos for a little while longer.
The classic Mojito recipe is based on 5 ingredients: mint leaves, lime, sugar, white rum and soda water. The traditional mixology is to muddle the first three ingredients in a highball glass before adding ice, rum and soda water. It’s refreshing and hydrating and fairly low in alcohol given the size of the glass.
This Pineapple, Ginger and Mint Mojito recipe gives a golden Summertime flavour to the classic Mojito recipe. I use unsweetened pineapple juice but if you have a juicer you should press your own fresh pineapple juice. Ginger adds a zesty tingle to the recipe and to make it simple I used an Organic Ginger Syrup by The Ginger People which meant I didn’t have to add any extra sugar. While the drink looks more like the beginnings of a Pina Colada, the recipe still has the bones of a Mojito with mint, lime, rum and soda to follow.
As Hemingway once said: ‘Drinking is a way of ending the day.’ So enjoy the final weeks of Summer and this refreshing Pineapple, Ginger and Mint Mojito recipe.
- 8 mint leaves and extra for garnish
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Ginger Syrup*
- 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
- 60ml white rum
- ice cubes
- soda water
- lime slices
- To a cocktail shaker, add 8 mint leaves and lime juice and muddle to release the oil and flavour from the mint leaves.
- Add the Ginger Syrup, pineapple juice, white rum and ice. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
- Remove the lid and the strainer and carefully pour the mojito mix into a tall glass. Top with soda water.
- Garnish with the extra mint leaves and a slice of lime.
- * I used Organic Ginger Syrup supplied by The Ginger People