Pineapple-Mint Spritzers

Pineapple-mint spritzers.

Need to cool off? These spritzers pair pineapple with mint and lime, creating a summer sipper as refreshing as a dip in a cold pool. Zero-proof, they get their fizz from sparkling water and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Pineapple-Mint Spritzers

Yields | 5 8-oz drinks |

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 sprigs mint, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 cups sparkling water, preferably Topo Chico
  • 15 fresh mint leaves
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ice
  • 1 lime, cut into thin slices

| Preparation | In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar, approximately 1 minute. Remove from heat and add mint sprigs; let steep, 10 minutes. Remove mint leaves and discard. Pour mint simple syrup into a container and place in refrigerator to cool.

In a large pitcher, combine cooled mint syrup, lime juice, pineapple juice and sparkling water. For each spritzer, lightly muddle 3 mint leaves and 1 tablespoon fresh pineapple in a glass. Pour liquid into glasses; add ice and a slice of lime. Serve cold.

Teresa Floyd is a Kansas City-based food writer, editor for the online food publication feedfeed and contributing monthly columnist for Feast Magazine’s Sugar Rush. Find her current creations on Now, Forager, a pastry blog featuring seasonal desserts.

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