Refreshing Pineapple, Mint and Lime Smoothie – Salute to the end of summer!

Sippy Sippy! AHHH!

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Jesus Christ, the weather in England is hot right now (At least when I’m writing this it is, you literally never know how drastically the weather is going to change in the space of a few hours, never mind days) – I knoooow, I know, complaining about the weather is such a British thing, but we can’t help it. Let me tell you why. It’s not the heat. It’s not the cold. Or the rain. Or snow, or lack of snow, even. It’s the unpredictability of not know which of those buggers you’re gonna get. You’ll leave the house in a nice summer dress, cause you know, it’s like 25°c out and not a cloud in the sky, 4 hours later, the sky’s turned grey and and it’s basically the end of the world, kind of weather coming in. Then half an hour later the bloody sun comes out again. Like, seriously – no joke. This happens on a regular basis in Britain.

I’m not actually sure why I went into all of that, but it’s sunny now and it’s damn hot in my flat – so I decided to make a nice refreshing summer drink.

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It’s really easy, and honestly, you could make this with a blender and fresh ingredients, or if you don’t have a blender, which I know some of you wont, you can make it without, but with juice instead. To be honest, it’s very very different with just juice.

All you need it 1 fresh lime (or lime juice, but fresh is better), some fresh mint leaves, and pineapple (fresh, tinned or juice). I used tinned pineapples – in juice – NOT SYRUP, god don’t get the stuff with syrup.
Second time round I did it with just pineapple juice. I wanted to see how it would turn out with no blender. And well, it’s very different. It’s still nice, but it’s just pineapple juice, lime juice and mint. The lime and mint just become tones to the drink, as opposed to part of the full flavour. But hey, it’s a nice quirk on the usual.

If you’re using fresh or tinned pineapple, you will need a blender. Just chuck your mint in, squeeze out those limes like your life depends on it! SQUEEZEEEE! – I got tom to squeeze them for me because my spindly little arms aren’t as strong as his. And then throw in your pineapple pieces, like 4 or 5 rings, with the juice from the tin or some fresh juice not from concentrate. And blend, blend blend!
One thing I noticed with the fresh one I did first time, is I needed to add ice to it and cool it down because there’s was nothing in it that was cool. So I definitely suggest a couple of things that will help with that. Keep your glass in the freezer for 20 minutes before hand, add ice and if possible, open the tin of pineapples in juice a couple of hours before making, put it into a tub and put that in the fridge to cool down before blending.
Alittle hack to minimise watering it down from when the ice melts is to freeze some ice cubes of pineapple juice instead of water. This is a great hack for any drink 😉
That’s what I did for my second attempt just make sure it was as cold as it could be. No point having a refreshing drink that’s not ice cold.

Prep: 5 minutes             Serves: 1
Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh lime
  • Handful of fresh mint
  • 4/5 rings of pineapple (tinned IN JUICE or fresh)
  • 100ml of fresh (not from concentrate) pineapple juice
  • ice cubes (optional – pineapple ice cubes also optional)

Method:

  • Cut lime into quarters. Pull you mint leaves off the plant if you have a fresh mint plant in your home. Open the pineapple tin… or if using a fresh pineapple – you know what, unless you know a really great technique for extracting the pineapple from inside, I suggest you just buy it tinned. It’s not expensive and far easier to use.
  • Put the mint and pineapple chunks, along with pineapple juice in the blender.. Squeeze the limes in to the blender as much as you can. And blend awaaaay. Blend until you think you’re done, then blend for another 60 seconds just to make sure it’s as smooth as possible. Viola.

Notes:

If you don’t have a blender but have a hand blender, this works just as well. If no blender is in site, crush the mint at the bottom of your glass with the fresh lime juice, to release the mint taste and top it off with pineapple juice and stir. You will get a completely different kind of drink, it wont be like a smoothie, and more just like a flavoured juice. But mint, lime and pineapple is a really nice summer drink regardless!

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