A mojito is almost everyone’s cocktail to enjoy. When it comes to preparing mojitos, it’s all about that mint, the lime and how those flavors all compliment each other. A Mojitos is a basic mixture of just five basic ingredients: mint, fresh lime juice, sugar, white rum, and sparkling water. But, for this grilled pineapple mojito recipe we take it up a notch by adding a flavored simple syrup from grilled pineapple.
You can make a good mojito cocktail easily, but for you to make a GREAT mojito cocktail—the kind where everyone asks for your secret mojito recipe—then this recipe is exactly what you need in your life right now.
Grilled Pineapple Cocktail
In spite of where you are in the world, eating or drinking fresh pineapples induces sunnier skies! The grilled pineapple cocktail is the perfect drink to bring forth that topical feel, even if you’re in your house! Pineapples are one of the best cocktail fruits as it blends well with all spirits, especially rum.
Grilled pineapple not only brings out an attractive visual element to a drink but also adds a more complex sweetness and acidic component which makes the drink downright phenomenal. If you are a cocktail lover, you’ll fall in love with this grilled pineapple mojito cocktail recipe!
How do you make a mojito from scratch?
Making mojito from scratch is a pretty straightforward process. First you need to ensure that you have the basic ingredients which are rum, mint leaves, a sweetener (sugar), lime juice, ice cubes and soda.
You muddle your mint leaves with the lime juice. Add rum and a sweetener of your choice in a glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes and top with soda. To give a twist to the classic mojito you can flavor your simple syrup or top it off with juice instead of soda.
Step by Step Guide for Making Grilled Pineapple Mojito.
Classic mojito is easy, but it’s worth it to take it up a notch with an extra step.
Step 1: Prepare the Pineapples
Start by grilling the pineapples for a few minutes each side until you get a good char. Muddle them in a jar or bowl and then set them aside. You can use either a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon for this.
Step 2: Make Pineapple Simple Syrup
Add brown sugar and water into a sauce pan and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Don’t stir, Just let the sugar dissolve slowly on a simmer. Stir the grilled pineapples into the saucepan and let it cook for just a few minutes before straining the syrup into a glass jar. You can store the syrup for upto 3 month.
Step 3: Create the Cocktail
When you’re ready to make the actual drink, start by smashing away grilled pineapple chunks in a glass together with the mint leaves and lime juice. Then add the pineapple syrup you stored in the refrigerator, rum, and fill with ice cubes. Top with soda and garnish with either a pineapple leaf or mint
Frequently Asked Questions
You don’t necessarily need a muddler to muddle mint. A wooden spoon is probably the most available alternative for a muddler at home. Put the mint leaves or pineapple in a glass and press them lightly with the back of a wooden spoon. Be careful not to over do it
This has been a debate about whether a mojito should be shaken or stirred. Well, I believe that a mojito should always be stirred to get the flavor of the min in the drink. Shaking dilutes the flavor with ice water and straining blocks the mint from further infusing into the drink.
Yes, but it’s always questionable whether one can still call it a mojito. Mint is a staple of the classic mojito but if you don’t mind the technicalities just substitute the mint leaves with another herb, like basil. You can also use mint-flavored drinks or even peppermint tea bags.
A mojito can go from being tasty to down-right bitter. When you’re putting your mint in a glass to muddle, make sure you only put the leaves and not the stems as they have a bitter taste that causes the mojito to be bitter. Another reason why your mojito may be bitter is if you over muddle the leaves, this makes them release their bitter chlorophyll which makes the cocktail bitter. Make sure to only crush them as desired. Lastly, leaving freshly muddled mint leaves in your mojito for too long makes your cocktail bitter.
Grilled Pineapple Mojito Recipe
- Bar spoon
- 5 slices pineapple
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup (206 gr) brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup (60 ml) pineapple simple syrup
- ¼ cup (60 ml) rum dark or gold
- (2 tbsp) (30 ml) splash lemon juice
- 1 handful of mint
- soda to top
- Heat up a griddle, on medium-high, and grill the pineapple slices for about 5 minutes on each side (until they’re charred). Add the pineapple slices to a bowl, muddle them together.
- Make a pineapple simple syrup, add the sugar and water to a saucepan and let it simmer over low/medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the muddled pineapple into the simple syrup and stir. Let it simmer for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool down. Strain the syrup into a glass jar and store it in the fridge for up to 1 month. Place the remaining pineapple chunks into a separate bowl.
- Add 2 tsp. of the remaining pineapple chunks into your glass. Add mint and lemon juice to the glass and muddle them altogether. Add the crushed ice, pineapple syrup, rum, and top it off with club soda. Garnish with the mint, lime, or pineapple leaf.