I love cocktails and mocktails for the holidays. There is nothing more fun than having a little something special to drink by the fire when decorating the Christmas tree or to bring along with you to a friend or family gathering. This cocktail can be made with or without alcohol so even the kids can enjoy a fancy drink. This drink would be also a great BBQ option in the summer months too!! Because we live in a world now where we have pineapples for Christmas it gives us the versatility to make all kinds of yummy creations all year round. I like to keep most of my foods as local as I can but pineapples don’t grow here in Canada any time of year so it is one thing I have to splurge on durning the winter months.
I love pineapple and when it is grilled on the BBQ or on your stovetop grill it allows all those juices come to life, adding a great sweetness to this cocktail. The other thing I love about this recipe is that it only has 5 ingredients and super simple to put together. You can be the one that brings the homemade drinks to the festivities and be talked about all season long!
Fun fact about me!! I used to be a bartender for 2 years when I was younger and have always had a passion for creating delicious drinks everyone can enjoy. Now after becoming a nutritionist, I loving putting a healthy spin on my favourite traditional cocktails. All the cocktails I make now, use natural sweeteners making them a healthy choice for even the kids (of course minus the alcohol). This is a way better choice for them then a coke or pop, which is loaded with sugar caramel colours and other additives. I remember seeing my papa clean his golf clubs with coke when I was little and ever since then I haven’t been able to drink it. So I am happy that coke was spoiled for me at a young age.
I replaced the club soda with Perrier water to cut out the refined sugars usually used in traditional mojitos. Lots of mojitos also come with a simple syrup to sweeten it but again I don’t feel good about white sugar in my drinks so I made mine with coconut nectar. You can also make a sugar free version by using stevia or monk fruit sugar.
Happy cocktail making!!
Drink with Love,
Serves 4 8 oz glasses
Yields 4 servings
A healthy spin on a mojito! Can be made with or without alcohol. The roasted pineapple adds a wonderful sweetness taking your traditional mojito to the next level.
14 minTotal Time
- 1 medium pineapple
- 5 large limes
- 1 L Perrier Water
- 1 bunch of mint
- 1 tsp natural sweetener (I used coconut nectar but you could use agave or to make sugar free use monk fruit)
- 4 cups ice
- 4 oz of rum (optional)
- Preheat grill or BBQ grill to medium high.
- Slice Pineapple into 1/2 inch rounds circles. Keeping the skin and core on.
- Place on hot grill to obtain grill makes. Cook on either side for 3 mins each.
- While pineapple is cooking wash mint and shop 1 cup of leaves without stems.
- Remove pineapple from grill and let cool on a plate.
- Take 4 limes and juice them. Set aside juice.
- Take 4 rounds of pineapple and cut off skin and take out core. Chop into small pieces.
- To assemble drink place 1/4 of the cut pineapple in each glass and 1/4 of the mint.
- Muddle the mint and pineapple with a muddler, then add your choice of sweetener and lime juice.
- Top with ice and fill glass with perrier water.
- Stir with a stir stick or spoon.
- Garnish with lime, pineapple, and mint.