Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pineapple Rum Punch

All right, I'll be honest - I didn't fly to Ixtapa to mix this drink, take a photo, and fly right back.  The truth is we drank this punch so fast, I forgot to take a photo of it, and stole this one from the trusty old internet.  Sue me!  Wait... don't. 

Yield:  1 large pitcher, approximately 8-10 servings

2-3 cups ripe pineapple chunks (or about 1/2 a fresh pineapple)
3/4 cup white sugar

2 cups dark rum
1/2 cup lime juice
3 cups club soda or sparkling water
1 bottle Spumante or other sweet sparkling wine
Lime slices

Add pineapple chunks, sugar and rum to the bottom of a large pitcher and muddle gently.  Add club soda and mix.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight to allow flavors to come together.

Just before serving, mix in sparkling wine and pour into ice filled glasses.  Garnish with lime slices.  Cheers!

Tips:  Make sure to taste the pineapple; if it's not ripe enough, you might want to add more sugar, depending on how sweet you want the finished product.

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