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Thursday
May162013

Sparkling Pineapple Rum Cocktail

Sparkling Pineapple Rum Cocktail

I used to be the girl who preferred the shadows. I drew comfort from the anonymity, from the lack of attention, from the invisibility cloak I chose to wear around my shoulders. I shied away from conversations, preferring to observe rather than participate. While I often wished I could be the boisterous and reactive one in the room, it was enough for me to simply watch them. As an observer in the shadows, I learned of the nature of those around me. I pinpointed those who filled the lulls in conversation, afraid of the silence, afraid to be left with the sound of their thoughts. I identified with those who were quiet just as myself, knowing their minds were buzzing with unsaid thoughts and opinions.

Then one day I stepped out into the light.

Sparkling Pineapple Rum Cocktail

It is hard to say when or why it happened. I certainly did not anticipate it coming. While debating dinner plans with friends, I noticed a quiet girl nearby listening, wearing the cloak of shadows I knew so well. I had seen her before, here and there, as we went about our days. This time, however, I felt an unfamiliar pull to talk to her, to invite her to join our dinner plans. And so I did. And so did she. I may never be the boisterous one in the room, but I am no longer afraid to expand my comfort zone to include new people and situations.

While I still retreat to the shadows now and then, I find the light brings a certain warmth.

Sparkling Pineapple Rum Cocktail

In some ways, this cocktail reminds me of an unnoticed person, hiding in the shadows. It is not flashy or showy. It does not sparkle in the light like a glass of white wine or feature hundreds of fizzing bubbles like a flute of champagne. It does not have layers like a rainbow or feature bright, bold colors. It is a simple drink. A subtle drink. Pale yellow and opaque, it may not seem like much to the unaided eye.

To give it a hard look, to take a sip, opens your eyes to something you may not have considered before. You may even find it beautiful.

Sparkling Pineapple Rum Cocktail

Sparkling Pineapple Rum Cocktail is a balanced, fizzy cocktail. Pineapple juice and ginger ale come together, effortlessly mixing together the sweetness of the soda and the tartness of the juice. With a shot (or two) of dark rum thrown in the mix, the cocktail can hold its ground. When I had my first sip, I was pleasantly surprised. The bright flavor drew me in and it truly felt like something special.

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Sparkling Pineapple Rum Cocktail

Yields 1 serving

1/4 cup (60 ml) dark rum
1/2 cup (120 ml) pineapple juice
1/2 cup (120 ml) ginger ale
Ice, optional
Pineapple slice, garnish

In a large glass, stir together the rum, pineapple juice, and ginger ale. Garnish with ice or a pineapple slice, if desired.

Reader Comments (14)

Such a beautiful verse. Unfortunately I am still that person in shadows, maybe one day I will come out my shell like you. Simplistic drinks are always the best in my opinion, nobody wants to buy a list of ingredients for a drink
I'm currently the quiet English girl in at my new job and I soooo wish someone would pull me from the shadows!! This post makes me want to reach out - I'm usually outgoing, but when you work in a French environment and barely speak the language it can be so scary!! Also, this recipe looks awesome!
I have to taste this Sparkling Pineapple Rum Cocktail. A simple and refreshing drink for summer - perfect!
05.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrendynizer
This cocktail reminds me of warm summer breezes on the beach. It looks refreshing and delicious.
I love how the humble background enunciates the brightness of your cocktail; much like your manifestation from the shadows. The whole concept is beautiful, along with your photos themselves and this recipe.
05.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan
I used to stand in a shadow as well and it changed one day as well. No idea why, it has just changed. Let's drink for change like this one :)
great there is ginger ale in your sparkling pineapple rum cocktail (I need it now!)
The color of the drink is very inviting and the opaque gives it a bit of a mystery. I d certainly order your drink in a neat bar and most probably I d show of with it as well. :)
05.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelene D'Souza
I am a huge fan of pineapple. Especially paired with rum! Love this cocktail idea!
Love it! Thanks for recipe :)
05.17.2013 | Unregistered Commentermadscar
Writing a recipe is one thing, but making it interesting is another, you've captured it..Like how you put you heart out...Thanks
Great recipe. Simple and delicious! We can't wait to try this this weekend and maybe make a virgin version with a splash of coconut juice instead.
05.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCookbook Create
That was beautifully written! I loved that. I am trying this next weekend over the holiday weekend!!
05.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterShannon )
This is exactly my sort of cocktail - just thinking about pineapple juice is making me want to make one right now! (Too bad I'm missing all the ingredients... except rum). Also, I really love your quotes - there's such a great range to them, and none of them are overdone or cliche. They're inspiring.
05.25.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
My parents love it. Thank you!
05.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHal B

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