Pineapple Cilantro Lime Spritzer is a recipe that almost wasn’t. I knew I liked pineapple and cilantro in a salsa or on a fish taco, but I wasn’t prepared to have my socks… Ok, flip flops. I was wearing flip flops… Anyway, I wasn’t prepared to have my flip flops blown off by a pineapple cilantro drink. The first time I had this delightful sipping concoction, I was with Mr. ASD in Nashville. We stopped at a taco truck turned brick & mortar. He just had to eat there. It was a complete dive. I was dressed cute. The cinder block building had no AC. You can imagine this was going nowhere fast, and I was having to bite my tongue. Then like the true knight in shining arm he is, Mr. ASD handed me a plastic cup filled with what can only be described as a nectar come straight from the Promised Land. It was ice cold, lightly flavored and refreshing in a way that only an herbed infused water can be.
Forget the oscillating fans blowing the now sweat-pasted strands of hair from my forehead or the sundress that was sticking to me in what was probably a truly unflattering fashion, this plastic cup had my full attention. Mr. ASD grinned. He knew he had me. I now needed this delightfulness in my life. The wheels were spinning. What if it was fizzy? What if there were limes? What if it were like a limeade? Things needed to be done. Ingredients needed to be procured. Something magical was about to happen, and it wasn’t because of my hot date across the table. (He was sweating too.)
I think about that night in Nashville every now and then. What that taco joint lacked in comforts, it made up for in downright ridiculously good street tacos and more pineapple cilantro nectar than we could hold. It’s the night of the almost disaster date that sparked a recipe and just keeps on giving. Always good for a story. Good for a laugh. And certainly good for a tall, misty glass of the best pineapple cilantro lime spritzer that’s ever been sipped this side of a bowl of chips and salsa.
What You’ll Need for This Pineapple Cilantro Lime Spritzer:
- pineapple juice
- sprite (seltzer water or club soda for a less sweet option)
- frozen limeade concentrate
- fresh pineapple
- fresh cilantro
- lemon juice
- crushed ice
Let’s Get Started:
I love making summer drinks to serve my guests or just to have on hand for a little something fabulous on a not so fabulous Tuesday afternoon. This Pineapple Cilantro Lime Spritzer makes plenty and is one that my family loves to see on the table. To get started, put 1 Cup of rough chopped cilantro in the bottom of large pitcher or drink dispenser. Starting with the cilantro on the bottom of the pitcher allows those leaves to get bumped and bruised every time we add a new ingredient, releasing all of their flavor and aroma packed oils into our drink.
Empty your can of frozen limeade concentrate into the pitcher. I usually do this before adding the liquids just to keep the splash down. You could also throw in your chunked pineapple now for the same reason. It’s important to use fresh pineapple instead of canned because the canned will break down in your drink more quickly, and that just looks unappetizing. Besides, fresh pineapple plump with its own juices adds more flavor to the drink in the long run. (If you want an overview of how to peel and core a pineapple, browse through this other delicious pineapple recipe for some tips and tricks.)
We’re just going to keep pouring stuff in until all our ingredients have been added. That’s the marvelous thing about drinks. They have a huge wow factor with relative ease. So just pour that sprite (or seltzer water) and pineapple juice right on in there
Before I serve these I love to add garnishes when I can. I made these simple garnishes from little wedges I cut from a second pineapple, a couple of cilantro leaves, and fun party straws. Garnishes are easy touches. They make guests and family feel super special. And I never turn down a little extra pineapple to nibble.
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- 64 oz. pineapple juice
- 1 L Sprite or seltzer water
- 1 can limeade concentrate
- 1 fresh pineapple, chunked
- 1 C cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 C lemon juice
- 4 C crushed ice
- Add chopped cilantro, then add all other ingredients and stir before serving.
- Add garnish, if desired.
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