With the Olympics coming up, I’m reminiscing about our brief, food-centred trip to Rio a couple years ago. It likely won’t come as a surprise that I plan all our trips around food, and of course this one was no different. I Of course going to Rio, we had to find a food tour that would show us what Rio had to offer while maybe learning a thing or 2 about the city itself. I’ve mentioned this tour in another post here but it deserves mention again since it had everything to do with me finding this flavour combination.
We started our food tour on a very hot day. We were slightly dehydrated, still recovering from a caipirinha-induced hangover while we waited in the 34°C heat. We paced outside, pretending to ignore the looks from locals – it felt as if a big neon sign with a flashing arrow saying “TOURIST” was pointing right at us. Suddenly the doors opened, the cool air brushed past us and we were greeted by two lovely tour guides that ushered us in.
We were welcomed with two tall, frosty glasses of pineapple and mint juice. I drank mine way too fast. It was incredibly refreshing and sweet. That first sip immediately cooled down my body and sent a shiver down my spine. We had completely forgotten about the heat outside. It was so simple but I loved the combination. I tried to steal my husband’s drink, but his was gone just was quick as mine. Drats! It was so good and in that moment I was in desperate need of something non-alcoholic and thirst-quenching and I had hit the jackpot. Since then, every restaurant we stepped foot in, I scanned the menu for pineapple mint juice.
These popsicles are definitely a must for these summer months and super easy to make, as long as you can be patient enough to wait for these to freeze – that’s probably the hardest part! Blend the pineapple with water and honey and mix with finely chopped mint before pouring it into the popsicle moulds. I think I found a way to make that sweet, refreshing juice even better! Monday win!
- 2 cups of chopped pineapple
- 2 tbsp honey
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbsp finely chopped mint
- Blend the pineapple, honey and water together.
- Mix in chopped mint and pour into popsicle moulds.
- Place popsicle sticks into moulds and freeze.