De piña para la niña: Pinneaple Vanilla Mojito

My college classmate Sonia came the other day. We had romaine and blue cheese salad, sun dried tomato and basil risotto and, of course, mojitos.

By the time we went to college Sonia was the tiniest girl at school, so this pineapple mojito came to my mind. The reason, in Spanish we have this rhyme: “de piña para la niña,” which means: pineapple flavor for the girl and has no sense in English.


1 ½ oz Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Añejo
1 pineapple slice cut in chunks
6 spearmint leaves
½ oz vanilla syrup
¾ oz lemon juice fresh
Club soda

In a shaker, muddle the spearmint with the pineapple and the vanilla syrup.

Add the rum and lemon juice, and fill with ice.

Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice.

Top off with club soda and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a mint sprig.


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