To me, nothing screams summer like thirst-quenching tropical drinks and grilled foods… “So why not to combine two of my faves into one?” I thought. 🙂 A super-refreshing and tasty Sparkling Pineapple Mint Juice garnished with Grilled Pineapple was exactly what I prepared and enjoyed with my family recently. We loved it so much that I had to share it with you. Folks, this is more than a drink… It’s a drink with eats! 🙂
The combination of pineapple…
…and mint is not new.
In Brazilian cuisine, it is commonly used in teas, popsicles and ice cream, beverages and alcoholic drinks, and the list goes on and on. In fact, I used this pineapple-mint combo of flavors as an inspiration for our beverage for today.
The difference is, I used sparkling water instead of regular water, and garnished our drink with grilled pineapple…
… these few simple touches created a delicious summer drink with a creative presentation. You can have our sparkling pineapple mint juice as it is, or transform it into a cocktail drink by adding a bit of cachaça, white rum, vodka, or white wine. If you are not a fan of sparkling water, you can use regular water instead– as we do in Brazil. It’s really up to you.
Our sparkling pineapple mint juice is great for parties, get-togethers, BBQ’s, and other casual events… or just to enjoy for no reason at all! It’s something to drink and nibble on all at once.
Make it, enjoy, and have an awesome summer!
Sparkling Pineapple-Mint Juice with Grilled Pineapple
- 1 large fresh ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut mostly into chunks/cubes (reserve about 8 to 12 cubes and 4 to 6 small to medium triangles to garnish the drink)
- 6 cups chilled sparkling water (if desired, use regular water)
- 10 leaves fresh mint large leaves (plus more to garnish)
- 1½ cups white granulated sugar
- Crushed ice
Reserve about 8 to 12 cubes and 4 to 6 small to medium triangles to grill and garnish the drink if desired. In a blender, blend together the remaining pineapple chunks, sparkling water or regular water, mint leaves, and sugar until obtaining a smooth mixture. Strain the mixture, place into a pitcher with as much crushed ice as desired, and garnish with mint leaves and grilled pineapple triangles. The grilled pineapple cubes can be inserted by two's onto picks to garnish the top of each of the 4-6 glasses, as shown in the pictures.
To grill the pineapple, brush a hot griddle with vegetable oil and grill both the reserved pineapple chunks and triangles on all sides until grill marks appear, about 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side. Let cool down and garnish the drink.