I recently went to Sierra Leone for work to see the state of education. This recipe is inspired from my time in Freetown - see post here.
This is a cool and refreshing drink using fresh pineapple and cold vodka. This can also be made into a dessert sorbet. If there's one thing I can say about Sierra Leone (above everything else I've already written), it's that Freetown is HOT-HOT-HOT! I thought I'd toughened up to African heat, living in Kigali. But Freetown was a whole other world - the humidity and the heat permeate every place you go. After a while, even a cold bottle of water starts to taste like thick sludge.
It gets boring, you know? So one day I asked for an alcoholic drink that was cold, and something similar to this was presented to me - a minty pineapple slush, with vodka! It definitely hit the spot, let me tell you.
So back in Kigali, with the help of my husband, I've recreated my own version of this drink, which is also delicious as a dessert or a palate cleanser (if you're fancy like that!) It's as simple as putting all the ingredients into a blender and making a smoothie.
Then you chill the mixture and add it to an ice cream maker, which produces a fabulous sorbet. It takes all of twenty minutes to produce (keeping in mind you need to chill it). Very easy to make in advance.
Recipe below - try it out this summer with friends, I bet they'll love it! Oh and as mentioned above, if you add mint and blend, throw in some ice, you get a delicious cocktail like this one. They are addictive. Can't say I didn't warn you!
VODKA PINEAPPLE SORBET
A recipe for a light and refreshing summer drink, or summer sorbet - fresh pineapple and mint, this will cool you down in hot weather.
- 1/2 of a ripe pineapple, cut into chunks
- 4-5 tablespoons maple syrup, or another sweetener (brown rice syrup works too)
- 1/2 cup water (or coconut water if you like coconut pineapple combos!)
- Fresh mint leaves (if you want a minty kick)
- Optional: fresh lime juice (just a dash)
- Put all ingredients into a blender and mix on high.
- Taste a bit with a spoon, and add more sweetener to your taste - tart or sweet
- Put the jar into the fridge for at least an hour, I left mine overnight
- Put into an ice cream maker and let it churn until almost solid.
- From here, pour the mixture into a container (plastic) and put in the freezer. Within 15-20 minutes it should be ready to serve.
- Or - for a fun drink, leave it in the freezer until frozen solid. Use an ice cream scoop, or dull knife, and scrape off the ice to get flakes. Put into a short glass and add cold vodka - top with fresh mint.