Learn how to make a delicious, refreshing Pineapple Mojito!
This yummy cocktail is bursting with fresh pineapple, fragrant mint, and zesty lime... it's the perfect summer drink! And best of all, it only takes minutes to prepare.
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I've been dreaming of the beach lately ... a warm ocean breeze sounds pretty magical right about now, doesn't it? Unfortunately, my patio will have to do for the time being, but that doesn't mean I can't recreate those tropical vibes at home.
As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing better than an ice cold Mojito on a hot summer day. This minty drink practically screams beach, and luckily, it's super easy to make at home.
I've had fun experimenting with different flavors of this cocktail lately, so I thought it would be fun to declare this Mojito Week here at Hello Little Home. Why not, right?
To kick the week off, I'm sharing this amazing Pineapple Mojito recipe! This might just be my fave version, though it's impossible to choose, because I've also got Watermelon and Mango recipes coming up later this week.
Plus, I've linked up a recipe for the original classic, along with Strawberry and Blueberry variations, below ... cocktails for everyone!
About the Cocktail
Have you ever tried a Mojito?
The first time I had one was many years ago at a Cuban restaurant in Chicago. With one sip I was hooked, and it quickly became the drink of that summer.
I’ve loved this refreshing, minty drink ever since, but I didn't perfect my own version until a trip to Puerto Rico a couple years ago. While there, I took a mixology class at Casa Bacardí. It was as fun as it sounds, and we learned to make three famous rum drinks, including a Cuba Libre and the best Daquiri (recipe coming soon!).
Of course, the other drink was a classic Mojito. Ever since that class, that delightful cocktail has become my go to tropical drink. It's incredibly easy to make at home and perfect for scorching hot days ... which we have a lot of here in Texas!
This Pineapple Mojito is a fun twist on that classic drink, and one you need to try ASAP! It's quick to make, super refreshing, and I'm showing you exactly how to prepare one step-by-step below ... keep reading for all the delicious details!
The ingredients for this drink are really quite simple ... just one of the reasons to love this cocktail! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh Pineapple
- Pineapple Juice
- Fresh Lime
- Club Soda
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- White Rum
You'll start with the classic mojito ingredients—lime juice, sugar, club soda, mint, and rum—then add a combination of fresh pineapple and pineapple juice to give it a fruity twist.
Because the ingredients are so basic, make sure everything is high quality. Using fresh limes, mint, and pineapple will really make a difference in the finished drink.
What rum is best for a Mojito?
As far as rum goes, Bacardí Carta Blanca (Superior) is a classic choice. It’s what we used in that mixology class I took, and I like that it’s super easy to find and affordable. Feel free to substitute your favorite white rum, but you should avoid dark, spiced, and flavored rums.
You’ll Also Need
This pineapple cocktail also requires a muddler, jigger, and bar spoon. If you don’t have any of these items, I’d recommend purchasing a cocktail making kit, which will have everything you need for this drink (and any other cocktail you make in the future). You'll also need a Collins glass (or large highball), plus plenty of ice, to serve the finished drink.
How to Make a Pineapple Mojito
I know you want to start sipping this easy pineapple rum drink, so let's get mixing!
Start by cutting a lime into eight wedges. You only need four wedges for this drink, which means you'll have enough for another cocktail.
Squeeze four of the wedges into a Collins glass (or large highball), then drop the wedges right into the glass. Add three level bar spoons of sugar, one ounce of club soda, and ¼ cup diced pineapple to the glass, as well.
Grab your muddler, then press and twist the ingredients together a few times. You’re simply trying to extract more juice and combine everything a bit, so don't feel like you need to pulverize anything! There should still be some small chunks of pineapple when you're done (see below).
Most Mojito recipes call for muddling the mint along with the other ingredients. The problem with that is, if you’re not careful, your drink can end up tasting bitter. Plus, all those little mint pieces will probably show up in your teeth later. Not pretty.
To avoid that, try this clever trick that I learned at Casa Bacardí instead! Simply stack the leaves in your hand, then smack the leaves with your other hand about five to six time … or until they’re fragrant.
When you smell that wonderful mint fragrance, rub the leaves over the rim of your glass. Then, drop them into your drink.
Mint leaves really vary in size. I recommend using 12 mint leaves for this drink, but if you're using larger leaves (like the ones below), you can use a few less.
After you drop in the mint, you'll add ½ cup pineapple juice and two ounces of rum.
Then, fill the glass with ice, leaving about an inch of room. Top off your drink with club soda, then stir well, using your bar spoon.
If you'd prefer, you can also prepare this drink in a cocktail shaker. Simply add all the ingredients to the shaker, using the same method as above (stirring, not shaking). Once mixed, transfer the drink to your glass (without straining) and serve.
I make my drinks right in the glass, but using a cocktail shaker is definitely a little less messy. It's up to you!
And that's all there is to it ... your fresh Pineapple Mint Mojito is ready to drink!
I like finishing this cocktail by garnishing it with a small pineapple wedge and sprig of fresh mint ... not required, but so cute! A lime wedge or slice also works.
This delicious drink is sure give you major tropical vibes, whether you're at the beach or stuck at home in your backyard. Cheers to that!
Now that you know how to make this refreshing pineapple drink, check out these other delicious flavors, too:
- Squeeze 4 lime wedges into a large Collins glass (or highball), then drop into glass. Add 3 level bar spoons sugar, 1 ounce club soda, and fresh pineapple.
- Use muddler to press and twist the ingredients together a few times. (Do not pulverize ingredients ... there should still be some small chunks.)
- Stack mint leaves in the palm of your hand. Smack leaves with your other hand, 5 to 6 times, or until fragrant.
- Rub mint over glass rim, then drop into drink.
- Add pineapple juice and rum to drink, then fill glass with ice, leaving about an inch at the top. Top off drink with club soda.
- Mix drink well, using bar spoon.
- Serve immediately, garnished with a sprig of mint and a pineapple wedge, if desired. Enjoy!