Pineapple Ginger Mojitos

June 2, 2014

in Drinks

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Last week, when I was talking about the whole buying a condo ordeal, I said, “There will be a celebration and sit-on-the-beach-drink-mojitos vacation in order when all of this is done.” Mojitos got bumped way up after the end of the week sort of went to hell.

I won’t get into too much detail because it hasn’t quite worked itself out, but suffice it to say stress levels were cranking. Thankfully, the weekend’s beautiful, late-Spring weather took a lot of the edge off and we spent a few hours sitting in the park with the warm sun on our backs. It. felt. so. good.

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Conversation eventually turned from drama to bigger life thoughts as little kids played nearby without a care in the world, college students worked on their tans without a care beyond the previous night’s party, and a group of much older folks gathered for what seemed to be a weekly meet up, also without much of a care beyond their newspapers and watching the little ones breeze by on wobbly bikes and scooters.

There is really something to be said for taking an hour to go sit in a pretty park when the sun is shining and just be. It’s like a form of meditation that gently clears out the mental clutter and ushers in the larger thoughts. I always find myself coming back to the same questions: will I look back on these last few months and think they were time well-spent? Is this laying the foundation for where I want to be in the future? Where do I want to be in the future? Is it where I thought I wanted to be, or have I changed my mind?

I don’t know why, but it almost feels a little silly writing out these questions. I find that a lot of people don’t ask them, at least not out loud. So many of us are so plugged into work and technology, never fully disconnecting from sharing that latest status update or photo or answering one more email, or checking email just one more time. I’m less plugged in than most of my friends (and I’m the one with a blog), and I still find the frequent checking and attachment to my laptop and phone to be draining sometimes. That’s not to say I don’t also love sharing the little bits and pieces of my day and seeing what others are up to, but I do think it’s important to disconnect, at least as much as possible, with some regularity. Go sit in the park and let your mind wander from the mundane to the exciting…and the scary. It’s a little terrifying to ask yourself whether you’ll look back on the last month/year/5 years when you’re eighty and think, “yes, that was living.”

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But we have to give ourselves the space to unplug, reflect, and ponder what might be. We also have to live in the present, which is why I decided to make mojitos now.

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Why wait to celebrate until after we’ve endured a bunch of stress? Why wait to take a vacation? Let’s take an afternoon to go sit in the park, schedule that vacation for sooner rather than later, and pour ourselves a cocktail.

Cheers to creating a now, and dreaming up a future, that we’ll look back on and know, wholeheartedly, that was living!

Pineapple Ginger Mojito
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A new spin on my most favorite watermelon mojito recipe from a couple of years ago. I am loving the pineapple/mint/ginger/lime combination, and this drink is perfectly refreshing, but spicy and strong if you go heavy on the rum. Alternatively, it also makes a fabulous mocktail.
Ingredients
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • ½ ounce agave simple syrup (1/2 tablespoon light agave nectar mixed with ½ tablespoon water)
  • 2 ounces clear rum
  • 3 ounces freshly pureed pineapple
  • 3 ounces sparkling water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon, packed finely grated ginger
  • ice
  • fresh mint leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a 16-ounce glass, add the mint leaves and agave simple syrup.
  2. Muddle the mint and simple syrup using a muddler or something blunt, like the end of a large wooden spoon.
  3. Add to the glass the rum, pureed pineapple, sparkling water, lime juice, and ginger.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients, then fill the glass with ice.
  5. Top with a sprig of mint and enjoy!
Notes
Feel free to adjust the sweetness and the amount of rum, depending on how you prefer your mojito. You can also sub out the agave for the sweetener of your choice, or use none at all and try a little extra pineapple instead. To make the pineapple puree, simply add a few pieces of fresh pineapple to your blender and process until smooth.

Photography by Aaron Scott 

xo
Amanda

P.S. Watermelon Mojitos and Grapefruit Ginger Spritzers.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan June 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

I SO agree, sometimes when I feel overwhelmed I just need to be outside, thinking about what I really need to do and be thankful for. Cheers to hoping your condo ordeal is a done deal soon!
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Amanda June 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

I have so missed being able to sit outside and get some sun – it feels incredible! Thanks for the well-wishes on the home buying process. <3

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Michelle Lahey June 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I’m always down for cocktails, no matter if they’re celebratory (yet) or not! ;) Glad you took some time to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. It really was glorious!
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Amanda June 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

We deserve this warm, sunny weather after the winter we had!

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Ceil June 3, 2014 at 6:47 am

Hi Amanda,

It’s been awhile, but things are very busy at my end. The spring term just ended and now I’m prepping for the summer session which starts this upcoming Sunday.
I truly envy you your warm weather. I’m currently dealing with 40 degree temps and the worse is yet to come when July and Aug rolls around. Could def go for your Pineapple Ginger Mojito, but alas, liquor is banned here, so I guess that I’m going to have to file this recipe away. Well enough of my woes, keep well, enjoy the remainder of your Spring and good luck with the condo.

Ciao,
Ceil

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Amanda June 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

Hi Ceil! It’s good to hear from you! I’m glad things are going well with your work, although the colder weather is kind of a bummer. You could always make this drink sans rum, but I understand wanting to wait to make a proper mojito when you return! Take care.

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