Lately, I’ve been experimenting by mixing up sweet and savory concoctions. The combinations seem endless as I wander through the produce section at Saar’s Market Place by my house. They have a beautiful selection of chiles and tropical Fruits…Mango, Pineapple, Papaya, all reasonably priced. And the citrus section is abundant with limes, lemons and grapefruit. It has been my local “go to” place for produce for many years. They don’t have a website, but you can find them at 3208 NE Sunset Blvd in Renton.
Today, I focused on the fresh Pineapple, Limes and Jalapeno Peppers stacked up high. That is the inspiration behind this feisty summer cocktail. Add some rum, mint and a few other creative twists….and behold a delightful drink that will cleanse your palette and warm the back of your throat.
In a Cocktail Shaker:
- Crushed Ice
- 3 or 4 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 3 or 4 Fresh Pineapple Sage Leaves *
- 3 or 4 Chunks of Mango Rum Marinated Pineapple and Splash of the Juice ** (see below)
- 1/2 of a Fresh Jalapeno Pepper – Cut into Pieces
- 1-2 Shots Dark Rum
- Pineapple Juice
- Juice of Half a Lime
- Cayenne Pepper, Fresh Nutmeg and Sugar for Rim of Glass *** (see below)
Add the crushed ice, Mint, Pineapple Sage, Marinated Pineapple Chunks and Juice and Jalapeno chunks to the bottom of your shaker. Use a Muddler or Wooden Spoon to crush and release the oils. (Method like that of making a Mojito). Once crushed, add your rum and fill the shaker almost to the top with Pineapple Juice and squeeze in the lime juice…add a little more crushed ice on top, cover and shake really well. Place this concoction in the freezer while you prepare your glasses.
*** In a small bowl – add some sugar, cayenne pepper and a few grates of nutmeg. Dip your glasses in the Mango Rum Marinated Pineapple liquid and then dip into the sugar mixture.
** Mango Rum Marinated Pineapple – Cut a fresh pineapple into chunks. Add some freshly chopped mint and cover with Mango Flavored Rum (I used 3 kinds of rum for the marinade…Coconut, Mango and Dark…be creative here) The pineapple will break down in the rum in your fridge. Do this a few days ahead if you can. As the pineapple breaks down, the liquid will seep out and create this delicious juice that is perfect for this drink…sweet and a bit syrupy) This also makes for a delicious dessert spooned over ice cream….YUM.
* Pineapple Sage can be found at most local nurseries. The leaves smell of pineapple and there are many uses, culinary and medicinal as well as topical for this lovely plant. When mature, they yield gorgeous vibrant red flowers that hummingbirds can’t resist…the main reason I planted this.
To Make It Virgin: Eliminate the Rums….a delightful spirited virgin drink.
To Make It Special: Garnish with a few chunks of the marinated pineapple and fresh lime wedge.
Summer is here…the local farmer’s markets are buzzing with fresh fruits and produce. Visit them and get inspired!!! Plant some fresh herbs in your yard, on your porch or deck. Like most of my recipes…I don’t follow exact measurements or use specific ingredients. I create as I go. Enjoy the bounty of summer!!!