I close my eyes and trace the chilled liquid as it slowly cools my parched throat. I can taste each of the exotic flavors one by one – mango, pineapple, lime, mint and rum. The frozen Chunks O’ Fruti #FreshNFruti ice cubes tickle my lips and make me smile. Ahhhhhhh…relax and chill!
Florida gets hot, hot, hot! Summer arrives early here and it is already in the 80’s most afternoons. Our minds turn to grilling, beach picnics and tall cool drinks by the pool. And that is what we are doing this beautiful Saturday afternoon…chillin’ by the pool with friends.
When I first tasted the Mango Pineapple Fruti all natural fruit bars, I knew that I would have some fun using these in summer drinks and smoothies and possibly some cool fruit desserts. I love finding new products and creating new recipes with them. These natural fruit popsicles gave me plenty of recipe options and inspiration. I thought it would be awesome to create shaped Caribbean fruit cubes from the bars.
So I brought out the tiny cookie cutters and went to town. Look how cute these ice cubes are! And the best part, when the frozen fruit bar cubes begin to melt they won’t dilute the drink mixes I create…they will just add more flavor! That rocks.
I am thrilled that Fruti fruit bars are 100% Natural. Fruti’s “Fruit First Formulation” means the fruit bars contain more fruit than any other ingredient. Fruti does not add any colors or flavors to the bars…they come from the freshly picked fruits. The majority of sugar comes naturally from the premium fruit ingredients, and only a minimal amount of additional sugar is added to balance our signature fresh fruit taste. They are verified by the Non-GMO Project. They come in several delicious flavors, such as Pina Colada, Strawberry, Caribbean Mix, Strawberry Pina Colada and Pineapple Mango.
Tall Mango Pineapple Mojito
This recipe is a different take on the favorite Cuban drink. I especially love the look of this Bacardi cocktail in a pitcher and in the glasses. It just looks cooling. The fruit bars made this an easy and fun libation to make and drink. They cut like a dream. I was inspired by the beautiful Mojito photos on Pinterest.
10 large leaves of fresh mint
2 jiggers white rum
Makes 2+ large drinks
- Place mint leaves and 3 T of sugar into a motar. Grind them with the pestel until all the oils have been released. It makes a paste.
- Mash 1 Mango Pineapple Chunks O’ Fruti bar in pitcher. Add mint paste.
- Pour some lime juice into the mortar to get all the mint paste residue. Pour into pitcher with rest of lime juice. Stir.
- Add rum and stir to incorporate. Add sparkling water, if desired.
- Add the Fruti cubes, whole mint leaves and sliced limes and mangoes and stir.
- Serve in tall glasses. Garnish with fresh mint, mango and lime slices.
Option: You can add more sparkling water to glasses if a lighter drink is desired.