Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple Mojito
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Syrup: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
634 Calories
1g Fat
139g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 634
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 139g 50%
Dietary Fiber 13g 45%
Total Sugars 83g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 162mg 809%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 748mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Give your mojito a tropical fruit twist with this intriguing pineapple mojito recipe. It's a fun summer cocktail that's easy to make from scratch, and the pineapple's sweet taste is a perfect match for the mojito's sparkling mint-lime flavor.

The pineapple mojito is made similarly to the classic Cuban mojito: Muddled pineapple, lime, mint, and a sweetener are topped with a shot of rum and club soda in an ice-filled glass. This recipe skips the mojito's commonly used sugar (or plain simple syrup), opting instead for a homemade raw sugar pineapple syrup. It's a breeze to make, and the recipe yields just over one cup. The syrup is a terrific sweetener for all sorts of summer drinks, from iced tea to other cocktails. You can even top it with sparkling water for a quick pineapple soda.

You can make the syrup in advance, but the cocktail is best when made right before serving. There are ways to customize it, and you can make one pineapple mojito, a full round, a pitcher, or even a mocktail. Serve it on hot summer days or during a backyard barbecue, and it's sure to keep everyone refreshed.

Ingredients

For the Raw Sugar Pineapple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

  • 1 cup raw granulated sugar

For the Pineapple Mojito:

  • 1 1/2 ounces raw sugar pineapple syrup

  • 1/4 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks

  • 4 lime wedges

  • 4 to 6 fresh mint leaves, torn

  • 2 ounces light rum

  • 2 to 3 ounces club soda

  • Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

  • Small pineapple wedge, for garnish

  • Lime slice, for garnish

Steps to Make It

Make the Pineapple Syrup

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Raw Sugar Pineapple Simple Syrup for a Pineapple Mojito
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  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and pineapple juice to a low boil. Add the raw sugar and stir until completely dissolved.

    Raw Sugar Pineapple Simple Syrup for a Pineapple Mojito
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  3. Remove from the heat. The light foam caused by the warm pineapple juice will dissipate after a few minutes; stirring speeds this up.

    Raw Sugar Pineapple Simple Syrup for a Pineapple Mojito
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  4. Let the syrup cool completely before bottling in a jar with a tight seal. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    Raw Sugar Pineapple Simple Syrup for a Pineapple Mojito
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Make the Pineapple Mojito

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Pineapple Mojito
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  2. In a collins glass, add the raw sugar pineapple syrup, pineapple chunks, lime wedges, and torn mint leaves. Muddle well to mash the fruits.

    Muddling a Pineapple Mojito
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  3. Add the rum and fill the glass with ice.

    Mixing a Pineapple Mojito
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  4. Top with club soda.

    Pineapple Mojito
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  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint, pineapple wedge, and lime slice.

    Pineapple Mojito
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Tips

  • Light rum is often considered the best alcohol for a mojito, and aged rum is an excellent alternative. Pour your favorite brand of rum or explore other options; mid-range to top-shelf are preferred in a fresh fruit cocktail like this. If vodka's your preference, it makes a nice pineapple mojito as well.
  • Some mojito drinkers prefer a cocktail that doesn't have pieces of mint and fruit in the glass. While not the typical method for mixing mojitos, you can shake and strain the cocktail over fresh ice; double straining traps the finer herb and fruit bits.
  • To make a few drinks at once, line up all of the glasses and work your way down the line as you build the cocktails.

Recipe Variations

  • Raw sugar gives the syrup a rich, dark background that's fantastic against the bright taste of pineapple juice. You can use another sweetener, including white granulated sugar or coconut sugar. To make a low-sugar syrup, use an allulose monk fruit sweetener and replace half the water with pineapple juice (even unsweetened pineapple juice is not sugar-free or keto-friendly).
  • Skip the flavored syrup entirely and use 3/4 ounce each of plain simple syrup and pineapple juice.
  • For a pitcher of mojitos, add 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves to the pineapple syrup and strain them out once the syrup cools. Add 1 cup of the mint-pineapple syrup to a pitcher along with 1 1/2 cups of light rum, 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice, and 2 cups of soda. It can be made in advance and kept chilled, but hold the soda until you're ready to serve.
  • For a virgin pineapple mojito, replace the rum with pineapple juice and switch from club soda to ginger ale.

How Strong Is the Pineapple Mojito?

Typical of any mojito, the alcohol content of the pineapple mojito is around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). You can make it weaker by pouring less rum or more soda, though it's always going to be a little lighter than a glass of wine.