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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pineapple Mint Gin Punch

Over in these parts, I've been suffering from a bit of sunshine fever.

Whether it be the cold days that seem to drag on a little too long come the end of February, the sicknesses that seem to roll in one after another after another, or a hectic schedule that seems to be thrown into overdrive, lately long summer sunshine filled days are a constant presence in my mind.

And it's sufficient to say the weather here has not decided to cooperate.

A trip to Florida for Philadelphia Phillies spring training baseball last weekend did little to quench this.  When I returned to real life, work, and even more sickness less than 48 hours later after I touched down in Clearwater, I needed to keep the sunshine going more than ever.

Thankfully this punch picked up right on cue.

Fresh mint is mixed with pineapple juice, gin, lime juice and a hint of sugar.  Simple ingredients come together to make a cocktail that tastes like it took a whole lot of effort to craft, when the truth is it's a breeze to whip up.

Easy.  Simple.  Fresh.  Bright.

And a reminder that a February pick me up is always in season, regardless of where in the world we may be.

Summer will be here for eventually.  But for now, this just might do.


Pineapple Mint Gin Punch
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Servings: 4 Drinks

- 4 cups pineapple juice
- 1 cup min leaves (finely chopped)
- 3 1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 4 shots gin (1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- lime wedges for serving (optional but great)

Chop mint finely.  Combine pineapple juice, mint, sugar, gin and lime juice in a pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Fill four glasses with ice.  Cut lime into thin wedges if desired.  Pour punch over ice.  Garnish with lime wedges if desired.  Serve immediately.  Repeat as needed.

Recipe adapted from: Shutterbean and Gourmet

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