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Denise Browning
Course Beverage, Drink
Servings 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large fresh ripe pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut mostly into chunks/cubes (reserve about 8 to 12 cubes and 4 to 6 small to medium triangles to garnish the drink)
  • 6 cups chilled sparkling water if desired, use regular water
  • 10 large fresh mint leaves (plus more to garnish)
  • 1 ½ cups white granulated sugar
  • Crushed ice

Instructions
 

  • Reserve about 8 to 12 cubes and 4 to 6 small to medium triangles to grill and garnish the drink if desired. In a blender, blend together the remaining pineapple chunks, sparkling water or regular water, mint leaves, and sugar until obtaining a smooth mixture. Strain the mixture, place into a pitcher with as much crushed ice as desired, and garnish with mint leaves and grilled pineapple triangles. The grilled pineapple cubes can be inserted by two's onto picks to garnish the top of each of the 4-6 glasses, as shown in the pictures.
  • To grill the pineapple, brush a hot griddle with vegetable oil and grill both the reserved pineapple chunks and triangles on all sides until grill marks appear, about 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side. Let cool down and garnish the drink.