Pineapple Mojito

For me the best thirst quenchers are drinks with lemon and lime as a main ingredient and a touch of alcohol brings out the smiles. I fell in love with the classic Cuban mojito and found out how dangerously refreshing it is after a couple of drinks speaking Spanish went very smoothly. Ever since from ordering or making “moe-hee-toe” Mojito, the classic version or with many other fruity variations it never fails to satisfy with each sip. In Singapore we ran out of mint but we still had limes and fresh Lychees, so we improvised making our very own version of Lychito (recipe coming up) which became a hit till we ran out of Lychees, but the taste was set to experiment with other tropical flavors until even the herb garden had no mint left. Pineapple Mojito is another favorite, easy to make since this fruit is widely available and why not starring it in this terrific cocktail.

Pineapple Mojito 4

Preparing for one….it turned out into a whole jug!


Pineapple Mojito preparation 1

The classic five ingredients; Rum, Mint, Limes, sugar can juice (fine sugar or sugar syrup) and soda (sparkling water). In the blender fresh pineapple and sugar syrup pulp.

If you like cocktails as much as I do, make your own sugar syrup and sweet & sour mix standby for quick mixing cocktails, it’s super easy, cheap and you can adjust the taste to your own liking. Sugar syrups are versatile in use too depending on thickness due to higher or lower level of sugar content, making it thinner or thicker depending the final usage for fruit salads, smoothies, cakes, cocktails, tea’s, drinks etc.

  • For a standard sugar syrup; prepare by mixing 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar cane or fine sugar (I prefer to use 3/4 cup), bring on to a boil in a small sauce pan and stir to dissolve and let it cool.
  • To infuse sugar syrup with flavors is by removing the pan from heat add handful of mint leaves let it cool down completely. Then remove all the mint leaves, leaving them in will spoil easily,  use the mint syrup immediately or store in refrigerator for at least two weeks.
  • The subtle aroma of infused syrups will give that enhanced flavor complementing your drink or dish with an intriguing note. Try other flavors by adding a stick of cinnamon or vanilla pods to boil along (with 2:2 ratio sugar and water) and leave it in while cooling down,  pour everything into a resealable bottle or container  for later use with other cocktails, smoothies, iced tea’s, fruit salads, or baking recipes. Give it a good shake and store in the refrigerator.
  • For an easy sweet & sour mix as used with mixing margarita’s (aka as bar mix); just remember 1-1-1-1 ratio, that’s 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup lime juice. First boil the water and sugar, stir to dissolve then take the pan from the heat and add the lemon and lime juices. Stir to combine let it cool down, pass through a sieve before pouring into a resealable bottle or container, give it a good shake and refrigerate. Eventually you may alter the level of acidity instead of 1 cup to 1/2 cup or 3/4 cups interchanging ratio of lemon and lime to your own taste and liking.
Muddle the lime, mint and sugar to extract and blend the flavors, add ice and soda.

Muddle the lime, mint and sugar to extract and blend the flavors, add ice and soda.


Add a pineapple parts in the glass or on top as garnish, pour and serve.

Add a pineapple parts in the glass or on top as garnish, pour and serve.


Pineapple Mojito straight up with ice.

Pineapple Mojito straight up with ice or serve with straws to stir and sip!

Tip: For single serving using a shot or jigger, bar tool, click for bar terms and measurements on the highlighted links. 1 shot equals 1 1/2 oz (ounces) 1 shot equals 4.5 CL (centiliters) 1 shot equals 45 ml (milliliters) 1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons) Equipment: beside using a blender to mix and whiz drinks, a muddler is the tool for making mojito and caipirinha cocktails, it is like a pestle to mash/muddle fruits, herbs at the bottom of a glass in order to release their flavors and blend them together at the same time. For more information click here on my affiliate link for an overview of various muddlers to compare.

Pineapple Mojito

It’s hot in Brasil, the game is on and we are on fire!!  Pineapple Mojito straight up with ice, Cheers!!


World cup 2014 social media frenzy

The World Cup, which kicked off last Thursday, is expected to be the most social media-intensive event in history. Prior to the world’s soccer event the phrase “World Cup” has outpaced other big sporting events in social media mentions. The term ‘World Cup’ is averaging 500,000 mentions per day.

Worldwide, this year’s World Cup will surpass the Super Bowl and Olympics in total social mentions, according to a study by Adobe Systems. The phrase “World Cup” alone generated 19 million social mentions since June 2013 so far in 196 countries, scoring wider reach than the Super Bowl or Olympics.

Soccer fans, here is a great app Football World Cup Brasil 2014 Center – Brazil Soccer News Schedule Scores and Much More it shows team standings and qualifiers for the World Cup. A free app in order to make use or to be eligible you might have to change your country settings (for both Kindle and Android devices).

Watching FIFA World Cup 2014 soccer games before, during and after tweets using official hashtags #worldcup #brasil2014 #worldcup2014 #cm2014 #brazil2014 and other popular Instagram, Facebook hashtags #copa2014 #fifaworldcup #wc2014 #fifa2014 #wm2014

Twitter has provided lists of every team’s official Twitter account, for the true die-hard’s here’s a how-to follow guide for World Cup fans and hashflags! 


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Social media it really gets me thirsty for….. just click on the bold link for this thirst quenching recipe.

Pineapple Mojito


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Preparing for one… turned into a whole jug.


Summer is coming, Berry&Berry Daiquiri!!

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Raspberry & Strawberry Daiquiri

Cocktail Time!! Timing just about right, needed a drink and with two punnet’s of fresh strawberries it can’t go wrong right…. (sigh) No ice! ;-(

So I was about to bring everything back to its place, when my daughter asked whether I had a stash of frozen fruits in the freezer. Besides cocktails our house likes smoothies, baking and so on, so I always stock on one or two fruit bags on hand. Yowzhaa!!

With the blender going full on I suddenly had a pitcher instead of two servings, but the colour red is attractive to everyone. By the time I walked into the living room to retrieve glasses everyone wanted to have one too, sold! How to make the cocktail as shown, the Berry & Berry Daiquiri mix is in the recipe box here below.

But I do have a handicap when it comes to cocktail making, meaning I can’t make single servings it is mostly two or actually four glasses. It all started years back when I wanted to remake one of my very first then favourite cocktail ‘the grasshopper’, equipped with the ingredients and virgin bottles to open and mix I tried to discover the ultimate ‘cocktail’ recipes. Hard lesson here with ‘sweet’ cocktails if you drink too much or make it too sweet it will be a slap in the face instead.

But like any recipe you need to have measurements and equipment, early days I had none or not much so I used the nearest (even that was way off, either too small, too much and incorrect) look-a-like tools. Trouble, trouble, wavering between endless possibilities the first mixes were none worthy but feeling happier I got bolder in blending tastes and a dash here, combined with an oops there it was bound for a misadventure.

Although at the end of the experiment I believed it certainly tasted better, the morning after I had a painful coconut song clanging between my ears. Figured that it wasn’t the brightest idea to work without good equipment, so over the years I assembled the Bartender tools and equipments list;

  1. Bar Spoon
  2. Bar Towels
  3. Bartender Book
  4. Blender
  5. Bottle Opener
  6. Can Opener or Can Punch
  7. Champagne or Wine Stopper
  8. Citrus Zester / Stripper
  9. Cocktail Muddler
  10. Cocktail Shaker
  1. Cocktail Strainer
  2. Corkscrew / Wine Opener
  3. Ice Bucket and Ice Tongs
  4. Jigger / Measurer
  5. Juicer or Citrus Reamer
  6. Knife and Cutting Board
  7. Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons
  8. Shoes
  9. Speed Pourers

At a certain moment I did had almost everything, but now it has reduced to the most important items for me, which I regard as an absolute must; the blender, cocktail muddler (for my favourite caipirinha’s & mojito’s), shaker and jiggers and a highly valued ice-crusher which is not listed.

The only pre-mix I have often ready is sugar syrup, this pre-mix has many purposes in my kitchen and drinks. After my first very failed mix attempts the jiggers (measuring cups) were indeed the very first items I purchased after a good Cocktail Shaker, you’ll get it when you think you shake the mix but actually splashing and spilling.

Actually I just like mixes and blends, making more is meant for sharing which makes it only more enjoyable. Let’s blend, crush and pour some more with warm, sunny days laying ahead of us, if you like cocktails join me to start mixing with more cocktails coming up!

Berry & Berry Daiquiri

You will find the ingredients and recipe are here below.