Cilantro Pineapple Mojito
Cilantro is an extremely controversial herb. Some people love it, swear by it and never make tacos without it. Others can't stand it and they'll be the ones at the table picking it out of their food. Me? I fall somewhere in the middle. I don't mind cilantro, but I'm not going to request any extra on my plate in fear of having to pick those giant leaves out of my teeth. However, one of the biggest reasons I love using Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Cilantro is that I don't have to worry about those monstrous cilantro leaves. Instead, I'm cooking with the lightly dried version of the herb that provides just as much flavor and aroma of the original.
For many, it's the aroma of cilantro that is so appealing. Slightly lemony, earthy and with a hint of sage. When creating this month's recipe, I wanted to capitalize on that beloved aroma and realized a cocktail was the perfect way to do that. Cilantro, however, doesn't pair well with everything. Cilantro Martini? Not so much. Since I was dealing with more of a pungent scent, I knew I wanted to pair it with something on the sweeter side. Enter, the mojito.
To start, I made a Cilantro Simple Syrup, which is simply sugar dissolved in water, then mixed with Lightly Dried Cilantro. I was so thrilled that this turned out better than I expected because it'll be great to experiment with simple syrup in other cocktails. Plus, you can brag to your friends that you made homemade cilantro simple syrup!
Finishing up the cocktail couldn't be easier. A splash of pineapple and lime juices, a shot of rum and club soda are all it takes to mix together a refreshing and unique cocktail perfect for the lazy last days of summer. So, next time you're considering a classic mint mojito, switch things up and swap in some cilantro instead. Cheers!
Cilantro Pineapple Mojito
- 1/2 tbsp cilantro simple syrup* (see recipe below)
- 1 tbsp pineapple juice
- 1.5 oz white rum
- 1/2 cup club soda
- juice of 1 lime, plus wedge for garnish
- 1 tsp Lightly Dried Cilantro, garnish
Add simple syrup, pineapple juice, white rum, club soda and lime juice to the bottom of a Collins glass or tumblr and mix well. Add ice cubes and garnish with a lime wedge. Sprinkle top of cocktail with Lightly Dried Cilantro.
*To make the simple syrup, bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Slowly add in 2 cups of sugar and stir continuously until the sugar is dissolved and then remove pan from the heat. Add in 1.5 tbsp Lightly Dried Cilantro and stir gently for a few minutes. Let the mixture cool completely before use.