A Mojito is a classic Cuban beverage made with white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, sparkling water and mint. It's a tall, lightly alcoholic drink perfect for warm climates and hot summer nights.
Though a Mojito is typically made with white rum, I happened to have a gift of a bottle of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum sent to me from Venezuelan distillers Destilerías Unidas S.A. This rum had a dark, caramelized, almost whiskey-like oakiness that called out to me for a tart but sweet, flirty fruit partner to soften up and round out the Mojito's bite of lime. There on my counter was a ripe pineapple just waiting to be introduced to that rum. Add a bit of smoky heat to that pineapple to accentuate the brown sugar of the rich rum and cocktail magic was bound to happen.
So that's just what I did, I grilled up some pineapple to muddle in the drink, used the juice from some of the fresh pineapple and reduced it to a simple syrup (in place of the sugar) and garnished with a grilled pineapple wedge. It was all about that fresh grilled pineapple and that beautiful rum being kissed by mint and having a sparkling relationship in my glass!
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