When it comes to my beverage of choice while out and about, I’m a cocktail girl.  I love seeing the various concoctions that each restaurant and bar has created and trying new things.  Up until this point in my life, I have entirely avoided mojitos because of my well documented dislike for mint.  Such a shame, since I know so many of my friends really love mojitos.

Recently, however, I’ve had a few sips when out with friends who offered a taste and finally it all makes sense.  The natural flavor of fresh mint is fine – nice, even.  So completely different from the artificial “mint” flavor that my tastebuds find so offensive.  I decided to try making them at home and the moment I saw this pineapple version, I was sold.  I love a good pineapple cocktail and these did not disappoint!  What’s your favorite kind of mojito?  I’m looking forward to playing around with more variations!


12 fresh mint leaves
2 oz. (¼ cup) fresh pineapple chunks
Crushed ice
1 oz. (2 tbsp.) freshly squeezed lime juice
½ oz. (1 tbsp.) simple syrup
2 oz. (¼ cup) coconut rum
½ oz. (1 tbsp.) Grand Marnier
3 oz. (6 tbsp.) ginger ale


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    Add the mint leaves and pineapple chunks to a glass, and muddle together.  Add some crushed ice to the glass.  Add in the lime juice, simple syrup, rum, Grand Marnier, and ginger ale.  Stir until well mixed.  Taste and adjust flavoring as necessary.


  • I’m a cocktail kind of girl too and these look delicious. Love the add of ginger ale

  • jackie fogartie

    I kind of want to be a cocktail girl but I’m more of a wino. Perhaps next time I see a fancy cocktail I’ll get it instead of wine…branch out a bit! Looks totes refreshing.

  • Angela

    Ooooooo…mojitos are my favorite cocktail. I have tried a mango version and a strawberry version. I have not tried a pineapple mojito yet and I LOVE pineapple. Can’t wait! Too bad it is only 8am. Thanks for sharing.

  • Liz N.

    Annie, the aversion to mint is another thing we have in common! ;-) I’ve grown to appreciate mojitos, though it’s not the first cocktail I think to order. I’ve had made two great mojito recipes from http://www.creativeculinary.com (Blueberry Mojito and Raspberry Vodka Mojito). They just scream summer!

  • Louann Zundel

    So excited to try this! I am a cocktail girl myself and love, love, love the refreshing flavor of fresh mint.

  • Mmm that looks awesome – I love mojitos! Will definitely have to try this version soon. In the meantime…where did you get your awesome stemless champagne flute???

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I’m always on the look out for a yummy new recipe like this! Summer is on its waaaaaay…and I need a cocktail.

  • Erin M

    This sounds yummy! Any recommendations for making it non-alcoholic?

  • Colleen

    My favorite is a coconut mojito! These look great though.

  • annieseats

    I can’t remember! I think it was maybe Pier 1 or possibly Target. I bought it a while ago.

  • Kate W

    mojitos are my absolute favorite cocktails. i drink beer all winter & as soon as the weather changes, switch over to mojitos for the summer. my favorite are strawberry! http://kitchentrialanderror.blogspot.com/2011/06/strawberry-mojitos-kickoff-to.html

  • Amelia

    I am definitely a mojito gal. There is a place in mt. pleasant called The Red Drum Gastropub that has the best mojito in the charleston area. They even won a local mixed drink competition for it. Side note, I would have loved to have been a taste tester in that competition! Anyway, their mojitos, food’ and dessert (no words) are incredible!
    I’ll have to give this recipe a whirl when my mother in law visits! She loves theses flavors.

  • Lindsey Farr

    Love your photos! Beautiful! And I could use a glass or two of this right now! Kind of obsessed with pineapple right now.

  • yum! i love pineapples so will try this one.

  • Amanda Madrid

    Can’t wait to see wait other recipes you share! I love mojitos! Just in time for spring/summer too! How about a strawberry? Or a strawberry/peach?

  • Mojitos are the best!! I’m so glad you’ve come around. Mango and ginger mojitos are two current favorites of mine, but pineapple is high on my list to try!

  • Elizabeth

    Such a great twist! And with coconut rum, even better.

  • Melissa Brooker

    Mm sounds delicious! I love mojitos, but like you I dislike the fake mint taste. Fresh mint is actually quite nice.

  • Counting down the days…these are definitely going to be at the top of my list, just behind a margarita! They sound fab.

  • Angie_R

    I just pinned a recipe for a Strawberry Lemon Mojito (from Food & Wine), which just sounds so delicious to me, and I definitely need to try this pineapple version.

  • Anna Rikki Nelson

    While in Paris, my boyfriend and I used to stop at a cafe on the boulevard St. Germaine in the late afternoon. I always had a glass of wine or a mojito royale…because adding champagne to anything is always a good idea. Mojitos always remind me of that now.

  • Thanks! I just ordered a few from Pier 1. If you want to buy more, they’re on sale right now for like $1.60!

  • Josie

    Um, why am I not drinking this right now?! And I totally agree that fresh mint is infinitely better than artificial. I have the same hatred for fake cinnamon as you do fake mint. Blech.

  • Leanne

    I love a cucumber mojito … I think they’re technically a drink unto themselves, but a bar in Richmond makes them and they are FABULOUS!!! They’re the epitome of a summer cocktail, and I hardly ever stray from a glass of red!

  • Natalie

    There’s a restaurant in DC called Cuba Libre that specializes in mojitos. My favorite is the grilled pineapple mojito. Highly recommend grilling your pineapple next time for a great little extra oomph of flavor!!

  • annieseats

    That sounds awesome! I will definitely try that sometime.

  • annieseats

    Good to know! I bought mine in store I think, but they only had one at the time so it’s lonely. Maybe I will get some more :)

  • Atara

    This sounds delicious! I’ve had mojitos done with basil instead of the mint, and it’s a really nice flavor.

  • Lauren Ochoa

    And for my first post-baby cocktail…THIS! Can hardly wait to get the stuff to make these tonight for me and my hubby…seems fairly simple to whip up some kiddy cocktail versions for the kiddo’s too.

  • annieseats

    Woot! Congrats on the new addition :)

  • This recipe would be absolutely perfect for an evening with my friends, thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to try!

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    This I wish it was weekend!!!!

  • Looks delicious! I am having a dinner party this weekend and will try to make some for my guests x

  • Jamie Noble

    Yum. Mojitos are my favorite. I love coconut mojitos, but was never sure how to make them at home. Will definitely be trying this pineapple version this weekend!