Take on the summer heat with this fresh and light summer cocktail.
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1/2 cup (120ml) fresh lime juice
1/2 cup (120ml) light rum (optional)
2 cups (320g) roughly chopped fresh ripe pineapple
2 to 3 fresh pitted dates, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon minced ginger, plus more to taste
3/4 cup (30g) firmly packed mint leaves, plus more to serve
4 cups (250g) ice cubes, to serve
2 cups (4800ml) sparkling water, to serve
Throw the lime zest, lime juice, rum (if using), pineapple, dates, and ginger into your KitchenAid blender jug, secure the lid, and blast on high for about 30 seconds until the dates are completely blended.
Add dates and ginger to taste, and blended again, if adding extra.
Add the mint leaves, secure the lid, and pulse for 5 to 10 seconds until the mint is rustically broken up into small pieces but not completely pulverized.
Fill four glasses with 1 cup of ice cubes each, and pour equal parts of the blended mixture into each of the glasses. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy immediately.
Depending on the sweetness of the pineapple and the tartness of the limes you juice, more dates may be required.