In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Natural Caribbean Orange Pineapple Juice.

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As we continue with the refreshing summer drinks series, I thought I’d share a drink my mom would make for us on those hot weekend days when we were home from school. She would boil the skin of the pineapple (after it was washed) in water, then strain and use that liquid as the base of the drink. In those days the oranges and pineapple came from our backyard and the honey was from wild honey my dad would harvest in old Immortelle tress scattered though the cocoa and coffee estates in my village.

You’ll Need…

1 large pineapple (ripe)
5-7 oranges
1 lime
2 tablespoons honey (to your liking)
4-6 drops Angostura Bitters
1 cup water
2-4 cups carbonated water

IMPORTANT! In my version I won’t be using the skin of this pineapple as our mom would normally do, as I’m not sure if where it was grown if it was sprayed with insecticide while still on the plant. With the texture of the pineapple skin, it would be impossible to wash it all out if it was.

Remove the skin off the pineapple and cut into cubes to help it break down easier in your blender. It’s ok to include the core. Put the cubes in the blender with the water and puree until smooth.

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Now juice the orange and lime into the jug you’ll be serving the juice in.

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Using a fine strainer, strain the pineapple juice into the jug. You may need to help it through with a spoon. Discard the pulp.. or use it in making muffins.

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Skim off any foam (or wait for it to settle), then go in with the honey and bitters and stir well. Finally go in with the carbonated water and stir gently so we don’t loose too much of the bubbles.

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Keeping in mind that your pineapple and/or oranges may not be as sweet as the ones I used, so do taste and add a bit more honey if needed. If it’s a bit tart add a pinch of salt. Serve with ice cubes (crushed is best) or chill in the fridge before serving (stir before serving as it may settle). I used a raw organic honey, but you’re free to use whatever sweetener you have/like. Toss in 1/2 cup (or more) of coconut rum (Malibu comes to mind) if making this for grown folks.

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