This drink is the Teenage Dream: a bright, foamy cocktail that totally delivers.
1 small pineapple
4 sprigs mint
3 limes, quartered
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups vodka
2 limes, juiced
About 3 cups seltzer
Mint and pineapple for garnish
- Core and trim the pineapple. Cut 3 thin slices, halve them so they look like half moons, and reserve for garnish. Cut the rest into chunks. Blend for 2-3 minutes until frothy and smooth. Strain through a sieve to remove the woody strands. 1 small pineapple should yield about 2 cups of juice.
- In a wide-mouthed pitcher or a mixing bowl, muddle the mint and quartered limes with sugar. The goal is to break up both the limes and mint and dissolve the sugar. The mint should be fragrant by the time muddling is done; the limes should have given off lots of juice; the sugar should be basically dissolved. Add 2 cups of fresh pineapple juice, juice of 2 more limes, and the vodka. Stir.
- Fill glasses with ice. Pour about 1/2 cup pineapple-lime-vodka mixture into each glass (should be about half full). Top with seltzer. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a few extra mint leaves. Taste for balance of flavors, adding more vodka if you’d like to taste it.