I promised a boozy post and have delivered.  

If anyone has taught me that it is normal to polish off a bottle of wine yourself, it's been my mom. Many family memories include a tipsy family dancing around the house and laughing so hard until someone actually pees their pants. (Yes, this has happened more than once - don't kill me, mom, for sharing!) While some might think it odd that at a young age I learned how to make screwdrivers for my parents, I like to think of it as my entry into the world of bartending. I loved mixing things together and seeing people's reaction to how they tasted.

In college I was the resident punch-maker for every party we had, some of which ended in the cops arriving, but hey, I guess the punch was good? Right? I like to think that magical punch gave me the guts to give my cookie monster my phone number. Sounds cute? It would have been if I remembered the night. But all who know me well know that if I am bartending you are more than likely to forget the night - no guarantees you won't wake up on someone's lawn. At least I give a warning before I hand you one of my drinks.

This recipe is quick, easy, refreshing, and free of weird mixers. I love using fresh fruit juice in cocktails due to the natural sweetness they provide as well as the lack of preservatives or processed ingredients that tend to be found in many cocktails. Feel free to purchase pure fruit juice (check the ingredient list!) to make this cocktail - I did! Although, props to you if you blend up the pineapple and make homemade juice - you're on your mixologist A-game. 

Servings: 2


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 cups pineapple juice, divided (the real stuff, not concentrate!)
  • 8 mint leaves
  • Juice of 1 lime 
  • Zest of 1 lime


In a glass, muddle together the lime zest, mint leaves, and lime juice. Next add in the tequila (adjust amount to your preference). Top off with the pineapple juice. Add ice if needed.