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Caipirinhas with pineapple

  • 1 small pineapple Pineapple pine-ap-pelWith its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…
  • juice 4 limes Lime ly-mThe same shape, but smaller than…
  • bunch fresh mint Mint mi-ntThere are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…
  • 8 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 400ml cachaça liqueur, or light rum
  • crushed ice for 8 glasses
  • 800ml pineapple juice Pineapple pine-ap-pelWith its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…
  • Core the pineapple and cut into 3cm chunks. Place 8 small handfuls of pineapple, the lime juice, half the mint and the sugar into a pitcher and mash up with the end of a rolling pin or a fat wooden spoon.
  • Pour in the cachaça and a little crushed ice, then pour into 8 glasses, and add more crushed ice. Pour the pineapple juice over, filling to the rim. Garnish the glasses with extra mint sprigs and cocktail sticks with pieces of pineapple threaded on.