Pineapple-Basil Rum Fizz

Pineapple-Basil Rum Fizz

It’s Wednesday!

Let’s drink booze together…because Friday is only two days away! Because I picked my wedding dress on Tuesday night! Because our engagement photos were cancelled for the fifth time (wahh)! Because…well, just because.

We deserve it.

Pineapple-Basil Rum Fizz

If you’re looking for a new summer cocktail recipe, this pineapple-basil rum fizz is it. It’s refreshing, it’s a little funky, and it’s fun!

Pineapple and I have become really good friends this year–mainly because of this roasted pineapple dish. It stole my heart, and I’ve been meaning to create another pineapple recipe ever since.

Pineapple-Basil Rum Fizz

I think when most people think of pineapple, they immediately think of cocktails. The two just go hand in hand.

Sadly, most cocktails are made with canned pineapple juice. It is definitely an adequate option, and perfectly acceptable–but I decided to forgo that route and make fresh pineapple juice instead.

And by that, I simply mean that I took a whole pineapple, cut it into chunks, and pureed the heck out of it in my blender.

Pineapple-Basil Rum Fizz

Technically, it is more of a fruit puree, but since pineapples have a high water content, the puree resembles the texture of a slightly thicker orange juice. Totally drinkable on it’s own–and trust me, you will want to drink it on its own.

I had to literally stop myself from chugging the entire bottle in one sitting.

Pineapple-Basil Rum Fizz

Combine this with a fresh lime juice and basil leaves (pureed together until very smooth) and rum, and you have one very special drink. A splash of club soda adds just enough pizazz.

The basil is not at all overpowering (don’t worry–this drink does not taste like pesto), and really takes this drink to the next level. I’m a huge fan of basil in sweet applications. Since it is related to mint, it lends as similarly sweet minty freshness to whatever it is paired with and I can’t get enough of it.

Drink up!

Pineapple Basil Rum Fizz

Pineapple Basil Rum Fizz

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large pineapple
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (roughly 3 limes)
  • 5-6 large basil leaves
  • 6 ounces light rum
  • club soda, as needed
  • granulated sugar, as needed

Instructions

  1. Peel and core the pineapple.  Cut into chunks.  Place the pineapple into a high-powered blender and puree for 1 to 2 minutes (use a tamper if necessary), or until smooth and pureed completely–it should yield roughly four cups of pineapple juice. The texture should be that of a thick orange juice. Transfer the pineapple juice to a large container or pitcher, and allow it to chill completely in the fridge.
  2. Place the lime juice and basil leaves in a clean blender container. Blend until the basil has been incorporated fully and no pieces remain.
  3. Combine 3 1/2 cups of pineapple juice, the lime-basil mixture, and rum in a pitcher. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Moisten the edges of chilled glasses with lime juice and dip the edges into granulated sugar. Distribute the drink evenly among glasses–leaving roughly 1/2-1-inch of space at the top. Finish with club soda. Garnish the glass with a sprig of fresh basil and slice of lime. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 3g Protein: 0g
A Beautiful Plate provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.

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