The city has come alive with this sudden summertime weather. Instead of our workdays ending with the begrudging applying of layers and mentally bracing for the cold - we've been wrapping up photo - shoots right in time to create cocktails and take to Vanessa's roof!
After what felt like the coldest, longest winter, these moments couldn't be more appreciated. ...Moments like noticing that what appears to be a whole bunch of black dots is actually a twisting spiral of pigeons - circling, landing, and then repeating. Allegedly someone has trained them to do that?? Crazy. Anyway...
Everyone has told me since Day One that summer in new york city is so fun and with just this week of picnics in Prospect Park, long sunny bike rides through all the varying neighborhoods, craft/farmers/vintage markets popping up all around, and then all this rooftop lounging I think I'm starting to understand.
Pineapple Gin Mint
For Pineapple Mint Syrup:
1 pineapple peeled, cored, and cut into long slices
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of your favorite gin
8 ounces (1 cup) of Seltzer Water
Pineapple Mint Syrup:
I. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet.
II. In a large bowl whisk together dark brown sugar, orange juice, and honey. Add the pineapple and let sit for 10 minutes.
III. Put pineapple on prepared baking sheet and set aside the juice. Bake for 15 minutes and then baste the pineapple with the juice mixture and then roast for another 15 minutes. Pineapple should caramelize.
IV. Remove from oven and baste with any remaining juice in pan and let cool to room temperature.
V. While the pineapple is cooling. Pour the water, sugar, and mint leaves in a small to medium sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Then let the syrup simmer for 15 minutes to steep in the mint flavor.
VI. Puree the pineapple and syrup together in a high powered blender until the syrup is smooth and creamy! Pour into a bottle or jar with a few mint sprigs for decoration!
To make one of these delicious drinks pour about 2 tablespoons of your syrup into a glass with 1 ounce of gin, 8 ounces of seltzer water and some ice! Enjoy preferably on a roof or any lovely sunny location!