Friday, July 20, 2012

Pineapple Peppercorn Mojito

Hey Guys!! Boy are ya’ll in for a TREAT! Hubs is back with a cocktail to kick the weekend off RIGHT! You’re going to love it! SO without further ado, I give you the hubs:

Happy Friday folks! The prodigal hubs returns. I’ve missed you all and I’ve missed getting busy behind the bar. Turns out Tina’s trip to California was all the inspiration I needed to jam out another delicious summer sipper for your pleasure.

Life is not the same when Tina goes out of town. Some may like to be bachelors again for a weekend away from the spouse but not this guy. Here’s why:

1.  I miss her terribly.

2.  I become sole provider for two needy dogs.

3.  Dinners consist of dangerously old leftovers and protein shakes.

4.  Eastern standard time schedules and pacific standard time schedules do not mesh AT ALL.

Our conversations would take place around 12:30 a.m. or later which consisted of Tina excitedly telling me all about her daily adventures and me babbling incoherently in a sleepy stupor. Our goodnight talk on her final night at Carmel Valley Ranch was like the other nights except Tina was raving to me about these tasty pineapple arugula mojitos that the bar tender was building for her and her friends. When she returned home the next day she showed me pictures of the drink and I was INTRIGUED. So I decided to whip one up, Hubs style.

In my opinion, I can only get down with one green leaf in my mojito; that’s the mint leaf kind. But I love that peppery punch that comes with arugula so I wanted to incorporate that into the drink.

Hello peppercorn infused simple syrup. Ah, my new favorite simple syrup. It played perfectly with the cool mint and ripe tropical fruit juice. That subtle peppery finish just makes your taste buds say “huh, what is that in there, take another sip, please.”

Go and make this drink. It’s freaking hot outside and this drink will keep your face from melting off your head. It’s light, sweet, fizzy, fruity, peppery, cool and worthy of calling someone in the middle of the night to tell them all about it.

Here’s to the weekend and to mojitos with your loved ones!

CHEERS.

The Hubs

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Pineapple Peppercorn Mojitos

Yield: 1 Mojito

Ingredients:

For the Peppercorn Simple Syrup (makes 2 cups):
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns

For the Pineapple Peppercorn Mojito:
2 - 2 1/2 oz. silver rum
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. peppercorn simple syrup
1 oz lime juice
3 - 4 oz club soda
8 - 10 mint leaves

Directions:

For the Peppercorn Simple Syrup:
Combine water, sugar and black peppercorns in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. After the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow the peppercorns to steep for 15 - 20 minutes. Pour simple syrup through a strainer into an air tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

For the Pineapple Peppercorn Mojito:
In a tall glass, combine mint leaves and simple syrup. Gently muddle leaves. Add in rum, pineapple juice and lime juice. Fill glass with crushed ice. Top with club soda and gently stir all ingredients through. Garnish with a spoonful of minced pineapple, a mint sprig and a pineapple wedge for the rim.

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18 Responses to “Pineapple Peppercorn Mojito”

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    Mackenzie @ SusieFreakingHomemaker — July 20, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Hubs did it again! I love these cocktail Friday posts! and I love hearing that we aren’t the only ones who can figure out Eastern/Pacific time when we travel! :-)

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 20, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    Oh my goodness — I love this post! Tina, you married a good one. ;)

    These look absolutely delicious!!

    • Tina replied: — July 20th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

      i SO did! ;)

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    Pam — July 20, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Great job on the photography!

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    Nancy — July 20, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    Hubs is awesome!!! But WOW that mojito is down my lane!! Looks Delish!!!! Great post and great pictures!!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 20, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    This is my kind of mojito! Love the addition of peppercorns in the simple syrup!

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    mom — July 20, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

    Fabulous photo Tina! Looks so appealing! I LOVE pineapple :) Good job Hubs and Mrs!

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    Cassie — July 20, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    I love cocktail Fridays, and I adore mojitos. Well done on this one guys!

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    Shawnda — July 20, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    What an awesome twist! The peppery simple syrup is genius.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 21, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    What a great start to the weekend! I love mojtos and I love the twist!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 22, 2012 @ 12:39 am

    This sounds so fabulous! I’m really intrigued with that peppercorn!

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — July 23, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    What a fun twist on the kinda-boring mojito! Rock on, Hubs…rock on.

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    Cookin' Canuck — July 23, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    It looks like you nailed that drink. Let me tell you, the bartender at the ranch made a fantastic drink. Now I’ll be trying your recipe to re-create it at home.

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    Jessica — July 23, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    YOU ROCK MIKE! These were so good, but I have a feeling yours were better.

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    The Novice Chef » Summer Prosciutto Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette — July 25, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    [...] Dole rewarded us* with Pineapple Arugula Mojitos. And now that Tina’s awesome husband Mike recreated this cocktail, I MUST make it again [...]

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 10, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    Woooah, Mojitooo! I love this drink with the peppercorns – nice job, Mr. Hubster!

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    Aubree — August 25, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Hi! I just discovered your website today and i absolutely love your recipes! I can’t wait to try them all. Thanks for sharing, Tina and Hubs! I will be a loyal reader from now on!

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    Father’s Day | M.Perfect Living — June 23, 2013 @ 1:36 am

    [...] I found the recipe here. [...]

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