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Cocktail of the Week: Swingin' Mojito feat. Kraken Rum

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind – but every now and then, you deserve a happy hour that's a little more...hmmm. What's the word? Refined! Kelly Sparks of Queen Bee Mixology is graciously sharing a new cocktail with us every week, just in time for Happy Hour. Queen Bee is raising the bar for cocktails made at home with recipes that are both easy – and delicious! Want more? Connect with Queen Bee Mixology on social media for extra recipes and behind-the-scenes content. Please drink responsibly.

In honor of Seattle's new hockey team, Kraken, we made a mojito using Kraken Black Spiced Rum. This rum is fantastic on its own, so using it in the Swingin' Mojito just made sense. The cinnamon and vanilla flavors really stand out, especially when paired with the sweet caramelized pineapple puree. Bring on hockey season!

INGREDIENTS

Pineapple Puree

  • Butter
  • Pineapple slices
  • Brown sugar

Drink

  • Kraken Black Spiced Rum
  • Mint leaves
  • Lemon
  • Agave syrup
  • Club soda

HOW TO MAKE IT

Pineapple Puree

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium to large sauté pan over medium heat
  2. Place the pineapple slices (no more than 1/2 inch thick) over the melted butter in the pan
  3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup brown sugar on top
  4. Baste the pineapple by tilting the pan a bit to scoop some of the butter/sugar mixture and pouring it over the pineapple slices
  5. Cook for about 3-4 mins per side
  6. Continue to baste every so often to incorporate the flavor of the butter and brown sugar
  7. When cooked, place slices and the sauce aside to cool
  8. Once cool, place in blender and puree

Mix Drink

  1. Muddle 10 mint leaves and 1 lemon wedges into a sturdy glass
  2. Add 2 more lemon wedges, 1 oz. agave syrup,1 oz. pineapple puree and muddle again
  3. Do not strain the mixture
  4. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice
  5. Pour 2 oz. rum over the ice, and then fill the glass with club soda
  6. Stir, taste
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