Pineapple Mojito is a tropically flavored, sweet and refreshing cocktail, made with fresh pineapple, rum, mint, and pineapple juice. This is a super easy drink to make, with a bubbly and sweet note to it!
When it comes to refreshing and delicious cocktails, this Classic Pineapple Mojito is always on top of my list! Firstly, it is super easy to make and comes together in just a few minutes.
The harmonious marriage of mint, lime, sugar, and rum creates a cocktail that transcends seasons and transports the drinker to a tropical haven. It is super refreshing, well-balanced, and a true crowd-pleaser. Also, you can easily modify it by adding various spices, or even fruits to it.
- Rum: This is an adult-only version because we use rum. Choose a high-quality white rum as the base spirit for your Pineapple Mojito. Its clean, crisp flavor will provide the perfect canvas for the other ingredients to shine.
- Fresh Pineapple Juice: Opt for freshly squeezed pineapple juice to achieve a vibrant, natural sweetness and a hint of tartness. The bright, tropical flavor is essential to this recipe.
- Fresh Mint Leaves: (Approximately 10-12 leaves): Mint is the soul of any Mojito. Its fresh, herbal aroma and flavor play a pivotal role in elevating this cocktail to greatness.
- Fresh Lime Juice: Lime juice brings the classic Mojito’s signature zesty kick. It balances the sweetness of the pineapple and sugar while adding a layer of bright citrus notes.
- Syrup: A homemade simple syrup, made by dissolving equal parts sugar and water, provides sweetness and helps meld the flavors seamlessly. You can adjust the sweetness according to your preference.
- Soda Water: Soda water or club soda adds a gentle effervescence, enhancing the cocktail’s refreshing nature.
- Ice: Plenty of ice is essential to keep your Pineapple Mojito cold and inviting.
- Garnishes: To elevate the presentation, have pineapple wedges and fresh mint sprigs on hand as garnishes.
How to make the Best Pineapple Mojito Recipe?
- Muddle Mint and Lime: Begin by placing a generous handful of fresh mint leaves and the juice of half a lime in a sturdy glass or cocktail shaker. Gently muddle the mint leaves to release their aromatic oils, taking care not to tear them.
- Add Simple Syrup: Next, pour in approximately half an ounce (15 ml) of simple syrup, adjusting to your desired level of sweetness.
- Incorporate Pineapple Juice: Add 2-3 ounces (60-90 ml) of freshly squeezed pineapple juice to the mixture. This is where the tropical magic begins.
- Add White Rum: Measure and add 2 ounces (60 ml) of white rum to the glass.
- Shake or Stir: If you’re using a cocktail shaker, fill it with ice, add the mixture, and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until well-chilled. Also, if you prefer using the glass, fill it with ice and stir the ingredients thoroughly to combine.
- Top with Soda Water: Next, fill the glass to the brim with soda water, leaving a bit of space at the top. Give it a gentle stir to marry all the flavors together.
- Garnish Elegantly: Lastly, to enhance both the visual and aromatic appeal of your Pineapple Mojito, place a few ice cubes in the glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a sprig of fresh mint.
Pineapple Mojito is a versatile cocktail that offers ample room for creativity and personalization. If you’re looking to add a unique twist to this classic drink, here are some delightful variations to consider:
- Coconut Pineapple Mojito: To give it a creamy, tropical twist, substitute some or all of the soda water with coconut milk or coconut cream. You can also garnish with toasted coconut flakes for added texture and flavor.
- Pineapple Basil Mojito: Add fresh basil leaves along with the mint during muddling for an aromatic herbaceous note. Also, basil pairs wonderfully with pineapple and complements the other flavors in the cocktail.
- Add spices: For those who enjoy a kick of heat, add a dash of hot sauce or muddle a few slices of fresh jalapeño pepper along with the mint. Just make sure to adjust the spiciness to your liking, but be cautious not to overpower the other flavors.
- Mango Pineapple Mojito: Add some mango puree or freshly blended mango chunks to your Pineapple Mojito. Keep in mind, to adjust the simple syrup to balance the flavors, as mango can vary in sweetness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use canned pineapple juice for a Pineapple Mojito?
While fresh pineapple juice is preferred for its vibrant flavor, you can use canned pineapple juice if it’s more convenient. Just make sure it’s 100% pineapple juice with no added sugar or artificial ingredients.
What type of rum is best to use?
Light or white rum is typically used in Pineapple Mojitos. Its neutral flavor allows the pineapple and other ingredients to shine. However, you can experiment with different rum varieties, such as gold or spiced rum, for unique flavor profiles.
Is it necessary to use fresh mint leaves, or can I use dried mint?
Fresh mint leaves are essential for the vibrant aroma and flavors. Dried mint lacks the freshness and aromatic qualities that fresh mint provides.
Can I make a Pineapple Mojito without alcohol?
Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of a Pineapple Mojito by omitting the rum. Replace it with additional pineapple juice or a pineapple-flavored soda for a refreshing mocktail.
Can I make it in advance for a party?
Yes, you can prepare the base mixture (everything except the soda water) in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Add the soda water and ice just before serving to maintain carbonation and freshness.
More delicious cocktails to try:
- Whenever possible, opt for freshly squeezed pineapple juice. It has a vibrant and natural sweetness that elevates the cocktail.
- Also, when muddling mint leaves and lime, remember that the goal is to release the mint’s aromatic oils without tearing the leaves.
- Adjust the simple syrup (or sweetener of your choice) to your taste preferences.
- White or light rum is the traditional choice for a Pineapple Mojito as it allows the other flavors to shine. However, feel free to experiment with different rum varieties, such as gold or spiced rum, to create unique flavor profiles.
- Feel free to garnish the mojito with a pineapple wedge, a sprig of fresh mint, and perhaps a maraschino cherry for an elegant touch.
Pineapple Mojito is a tropically flavored, sweet and refreshing cocktail, made with fresh pineapple, rum, mint, and pineapple juice.
- 10 fresh mint leaves medium to large
- 1/2 cup white rum coconut rum also is great in this recipe
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1 fresh lime juiced
- 1 cup pineapple juice no-sugar added or freshly juiced
- 1/2 cup club soda or Sprite - but it will be sweeter
- Pineapple wedges lime wheels, maraschino cherry, and/or fresh mint sprigs
Start by adding the fresh mint leaves and the lime juice to a cocktail shaker and gently muddle them, but try not to tear them.
Next, add the simple syrup, as much as you want, based on your desired level of sweetness.
After that, add the pineapple juice and the rum.
If you're using a cocktail shaker, fill it with ice, close with the lid, and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until the mixture is well-chilled. But, if you are using a glass, fill it with ice and stir the ingredients thoroughly to combine.
Finally, distribute the mixture into serving glasses, fill about half, and add soda water, leaving a bit of space at the top. Give everything a gentle stir, top with pineapple wedges, or lime, fresh mint, and maraschino cherries, and serve.