Pineapple Mint Smash
This one goes out to the pineapple lovers! It’s chunks of fresh pineapple muddled up with a little lemon, coconut sugar, vodka, and a handful of mint — and then topped off with club soda. The vodka is so mellow, it really lets the mint and pineapple shine, and then there’s a pleasant coconut finish. It tastes very fruity and refreshing, and yet not too juicy.
Which is to say that, even with all the pineapples and coconuts, it’s a light, sophisticated drink. Sipping it will make you feel like you’re on a fancy beach vacation even if you’re only solo on the patio. Bring out a floppy hat, a magazine, and the radio to amplify that effect!
Our tip: This drink is so mild, it’s perfect for a spring brunch with the S.O. or a convivial virtual happy hour. Wanna get even more tropical with it? Try topping it off with LaCroix mango, coconut, or passion fruit.
2 lemon wedges
2 pineapple chunks
2 bar spoons coconut sugar
2 oz / 60 ml Belvedere vodka
½ oz lemon juice
8 mint leaves
1 dash simple syrup
2 oz club soda
Pineapple wedge and mint for garnish, optional
Muddle the fruit in the base of a shaker with the coconut sugar.
Add Belvedere vodka, lemon juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup, and shake with ice.
Strain into a rocks glass over ice, and top with club soda. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple and a mint sprig.
Recipe source: Belvedere