Replace your usual lemonade or limeade with this fresh new recipe—it's an instant crowd-pleaser. Kiwis and pineapple add a tropical, tart flavor and vibrant color to the already-unbeatable combination of fresh lime juice, water, and sugar. After pureeing the kiwis and pineapple in a blender (or juicer), be sure to strain the mixture very well to separate the seeds and pulp from the juice. Our test kitchen loved the tangy flavor and slightly thick texture of this drink. Although our Kiwi Pineapple-Ade is delicious enjoyed as-is, over ice, as a healthy snack or breakfast drink, you can also turn it into a cocktail by stirring in 1 cup (8 ounces) light rum. It is the perfect batch cocktail to bring out at your next porch party, saving you time and energy making individual cocktails. To make it even more fun for a party, garnish glasses with skewers of kiwi and pineapple or extra slices of kiwi. Use fresh pineapple, rather than canned, for this recipe—fresh pineapple has more brightness and acidity that works well in this drink. And make sure the kiwis are ripe. They should be firm, but still slightly soft to the touch when gently squeezed. The recipe makes five cups of Kiwi Pineapple-Ade—perfect for a serving by the pitcher on a warm summer day!


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20 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 20 mins
Makes 5 cups (serving size: about 6 oz.)


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  • Process 5 kiwis, peeled and roughly chopped, 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh pineapple, 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar, and a pinch of kosher salt in a blender until smooth, about 2 minutes.

  • Pour fruit mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in 2 cups fresh pineapple juice, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, and 1 cup cold water.

  • Stir in 1 cup light rum. Cover and chill until very cold, about 4 hours. Serve over ice. Garnish with kiwi slices.