nutritional information

Per 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 116
  • Protein: <1 g
  • Total Fat: <1 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 23 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Pineapple-Ginger Elixir

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

To turn this sweet-and-spicy cooler into a cocktail, add a shot of rum to the bottom of each glass and stir well. Don’t forget to break out the drink umbrellas.
  • 4 cups fresh pineapple cubes
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup light coconut milk, optional
  • 2 ½ Tbs. lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cardamom or allspice
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper, optional
  • 4 ½-inch-thick pineapple rings and/or lime wedges, for garnish

1. Purée pineapple cubes, ginger, and 1/2 cup water in blender until smooth. Strain through fine-meshed strainer into bowl, stirring with spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard pulp, and return liquid to blender.

2. Add coconut milk (if using), lime juice, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, and cayenne (if using) to blender; blend until smooth. Serve over ice, and garnish with pineapple rings and/or lime wedges.

January/February 2012 p.64

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While I did enjoy the taste, the drink did not taste like pineapple or ginger - it definitely did taste like cinnamon and cardamom. I might try it again and use less of the spices and see if it makes a difference.

Carmelina - 2012-03-25 23:03:26