This Pineapple Gin Freezer is a refreshing adult slushie for summer

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It is nice as an adult to be able to pull a cocktail recipe or two out of your back pocket when you want to drink something at home slightly fancier than Leftover Can of Beer in Fridge. 

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Lately I've been trying to learn a couple of standard recipes that involve just a few ingredients (so much freshly squeezed lime juice; why do so many drinks involve freshly squeezed lime juice?). There's the daiquiri, which I fell in love with after interviewing a Tampa Bay mixologist about tiki drinks recently: rum + lime juice + sugar. There's a gin lemonade I love with gin + lemon juice + sugar, plus some fresh mint or strawberries muddled in for garnish. And for my currently low-carb husband, an Old Fashioned minus the sugar: bourbon + bitters + water + orange peel

But this drink here adds one extra step that makes it ideal for any summer sipping you've got going on: blending frozen fruit with alcohol to create a frothy, freezing cocktail. It's a fun party drink, because it's essentially a boozy slushie. (It would taste pretty darn good without the alcohol, too, for those who don't imbibe.)

You could do this with a lot of fruits - cherries, strawberries, peaches - but pineapple adds a sweet and bit of an unexpected note. Mixed with our trusty cocktail friend lime juice, it's a lovely blend for 100-degree temps. And look at that gorgeous pop of yellow! 

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Pineapple Gin Freezer

3 cups pineapple pieces, frozen; plus wedges for serving (optional)
6 ounces gin (you could also use vodka)
2 ounces simple syrup or agave nectar
2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 ounce pineapple juice
Fresh mint sprigs
Lime wedges
Puree pineapple, gin, simple syrup or agave nectar, lime juice, pineapple juice and 2 cups ice in a blender until smooth and thick. 
Divide among four glasses and garnish with fresh pineapple wedges and mint sprigs.
Serves 4. 
Source: Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit