A RECIPE to die for! I call it the Pineapple Mint Refresher. Why, because one sip of this ice cold drink and you'll feel the fresh mint rush. During a really hot summer in Jerusalem, we walked into the Aroma cafe where coffee is their specialty. Since I have never like the taste of coffee, not even mocha, my eyes searched for an alternative and spotted a green drink. It turned out to be a combination of lemon juice with mint and ice cubes pulverized in a blender. Think they may have added some honey as a sweetener. It was out of this world delicious! For the rest of the days we were there, I order a glass full. When I returned home in the states, I decided that since I wasn't sure of the exact lemon recipe, I would make my own using 100% pineapple juice. It was sensational! Ever since, I have made one everyday for my afternoon pick-me-up.
The key that makes this cooling drink a stand out is the use of a blender to grind fresh mint leaves in a 100% fruit juice along with some ice cubes. My proportions are 1 cup of 100% pineapple juice (not from a can), 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves and a handful of ice cubes. That's it! CLICK HERE for RECIPE details
For this photo, I realized I had run out of pineapple juice so I pulverized fresh pineapple with water. Then added the mint leaves and ice. The more mint leaves you use, the greener it is… here the green has yet to settle. The more mint leaves your use, the fresher the uplifting taste!
Now I will admit that after I took this photo, I noticed I had a couple of strawberries and blueberries in the fridge. So, I threw them into the blender and now I have a purple/pink mint drink. There is hardly a fresh fruit that can't be enhanced by fresh mint. Try it!
Where do you buy fresh mint? You can find it in a grocery store in packets or as a plant. Since it grows like a weed, I recommend buying a plant of two, put them into larger pots either directly into the ground or on your balcony. Now this drink becomes really inexpensive.
By the way, refreshing has a double meaning here. Mint and pineapple are both full of nutrients, antioxidants and even anti-inflammatory properties. Serve it to you whole family this summer. Once you have made this – just takes minutes – I'll best you also will be hooked – that's a good thing!
… for the health of your family,