This fresh and simple fruit cocktail is perfect for summer! Made with rum and just a few ingredients for a tropical flair.
Easy Pineapple Mojito
I just love making fun and delicious cocktails and this Pineapple Mojito is a great way to highlight pineapple!
What Ingredients are in a Mojito?
Here is what you need to make this cocktail recipe:
- Rum (white is best)
- Diced Pineapple
- Simple Syrup
- Mint Leaves
- Club Soda
Want to add a little more flavor and flair? Try using a coconut rum for added flavor!
What Rum goes in Mojitos?
It is best to use a clear rum, called “white rum” for a mojito.
If a rum is dark, or has any color to it, it is getting that color from other flavors such as charred barrels. It will bring hints of spices to the drink.
While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it interferes with the flavors of pineapple and mint.
So a clear rum is best!
Can I Use Malibu for Mojito?
Want an extra tropical vibe? Use a coconut rum like Malibu for a coconut-pineapple duo!
What is Simple Syrup?
Simple syrup is a strong sugar water. It is commonly used in cocktails and for desserts.
To make it, simply cook one part sugar and one part water in a small pot over medium heat, simmering until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it cool before using.
Depending on how many cocktails you want to make, or how much you want to store in the refrigerator, using 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water is a great place to start. You will get approximately 8 drinks worth from it (16 Tablespoons) and it will last about a month in the refrigerator.
Should I Use Fresh Pineapple, Canned Pineapple, or Pineapple Juice?
I love using fresh pineapple for this cocktail.
You could also used canned pineapple, drained and rinsed, or even 2 ounces of pineapple juice.
But I definitely recommend the fresh fruit, or even frozen and thawed, for a fresher and truer flavor.
How to Make a Pineapple Mojito
Place the pineapple and mint in a cocktail shaker (or you can put it right in the serving glass) and mash until the pineapple is broken down to a mashed consistency.
Add the rum and lime juice with a big scoop of ice and shake until very cold, 30 seconds.
Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with club soda. Serve!
If building it all in the glass, after muddling, add the ice and the remaining ingredients and stir.
- Put the pineapple, mint leaves, and lime juice in the bottom of a tall glass.
- Use a muddle or the end of a spoon and crush the ingredients together, smashing the pineapple.
- Fill the same glass with ice with the pineapple mixture still in it.
- Pour the rum over the ice followed by the simple syrup.
- Top off the glass with club soda and stir. Garnish with more limes, mint, and pineapple as desired.