Friday, June 21, 2013

Pineapple-Orange Mojito

Pineapple-Orange Mojitos - just as refreshing as the original, with a sweet and tangy twist!

Almost exactly four years ago, my brother got married to his lovely wife, Mexico! And despite the fact that I had a 9 month old and was still nursing at the time, I left Jorden and the girls at home and headed to Mexico on my own. I wouldn't have missed it! And I'm sure it comes as no surprise to you that I had an amazing time....or that coming home was bittersweet....or that I'd go back in a heartbeat (with Jorden this time....of course)....

...But what might come as a surprise to you was how hard my brother's wedding actually was for me! I didn't expect it and I can't even really explain it, but I was overcome with emotion the night he said, "I do." Growing up, he and I were just two years apart, the youngest two of four. For much of our lives, we shared a bedroom, and we were the last two at home after my sisters both left for college. We had a lot of shared experiences - just the two of us - and for some reason, I always felt a special bond with him.

Don't get me wrong - the wedding was beautiful and I couldn't have been happier for my brother and Megan, but that night on the beach in Mexico, it felt like I was losing something. And the truth is, I was! But. I was also gaining....a sister-in-law, a new understanding of my brother, an opportunity for a new relationship with the two of them.

And.....a new love for mojitos! It makes sense that I would enjoy mojitos, being the fresh herb lover that I am, but I had no idea just how much I would come to enjoy them! Kinda like I had no idea how much I would come to enjoy and appreciate the new version of my brother - which is actually a lot like the old version, but married. Go figure!

So, in honor of their anniversary, I thought I'd make my favorite drink from their wedding - with a twist! An improved version, of course....because things don't always have to stay the same to be just as good, or even better, than they were.

Pineapple-Orange Mojito
2 oz. light rum
1/4 c. pineapple juice
1 orange wedge, peeled
4 large mint leaves, torn
1 Tbsp. simple syrup
club soda

1. Cut orange wedge into thirds; place in a glass with torn mint leaves and muddle to release flavors.
2. Add ice, simple syrup, rum, and pineapple juice. Stir to combine.
3. Top with club soda.


While you're here, be sure to check out my other fun summer cocktails!

Peach-Melba Sangria


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  1. well i do believe I need to pin this because it sounds so darn fabulous :) thanks for sharing my dear!!

  2. This looks so refreshing! Pinning for later! I would love for you to link this up and my first TGIF link party:

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Mojitos are one of my favorite summer beverages and I love giving them fun and unique twists like this. Bookmarking and trying!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. That looks so refreshing. My house is burning up right now and I could definitely go for one of those! By the way, your pictures are of MIND BLOWING quality. I'm definitely pinning this!

  5. Mojitos are one of my all time favorite drinks. Love that you added pineapple and orange to this already delicious drink. Great idea... can't wait to try this this summer! :) Pinning

    Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

  6. Oh yum! This sounds so delicious. I love mojitos and the addition of pineapple and orange just sounds amazing.

  7. Yummy! I enjoyed a mojito with my favorite sister in law this past time I will have to try this version! Looks pretty delicious! :)

  8. Looks wonderful! Would love for you to share over at Scrumptious Sunday!

  9. I had a mojito for the first time about a month ago and loved it. I should say I actually tried it again because my first was horrible. I just booked marked your recipe because it looks so good. I would love it if you would share it on our BBQ Block Party this Thursday.
    Hope to see you there

  10. This looks sooo good! Pinned and I cannot wait to try this! It looks so refreshing:)

  11. Stopping by from Bloom Link Party to say, 'hello!" This mojoto looks delicious (pinned it). Have a great week!

  12. This looks so refreshing! I ADORE mojitos :) Pinned!

  13. Oh wow, this looks fabulous! I love mojitos and pineapple orange sounds amazing! Pinning this, and I'm stopping by to let you know I featured this on my blog today as part of a roundup of 25 Refreshing Summer Cocktails! Feel free to stop by and grab a Featured button if you'd like, and thanks again for the great recipe!


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