Skincare Retreat

Day 5: Healthy Mocktail Recipes

Our friend Frankie Walker at Black Pineapple Co. created these outstanding mocktail recipes for our Wellness Week - we hope you love them too! 


My inspiration for both drinks...Raw, juicing, powerful ingredients, fresh & delicious flavours. 

There’s lots of conversation about detoxing & so called ‘super foods’ right now so I won’t make any claims! What I do know is that you’ll feel great after each of these beauties, as there’s nothing but goodness in each of them.

You will need a juicer for both of these recipes! First Up!


(Virgin) Piña Colada Fresca – Add Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum FTW


  • 60 ml freshly pressed pineapple juice (actually the greatest thing in the World – 1100 X more flavor than any pineapple juice you can buy on the market)
  • 60ml coconut water (not cream!) – If you fall sick in the tropics, you might end up on a coconut water drip, that’s how good it is! Packed with electrolytes & brilliant post-workout. 
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice
  • Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice to make it nice and fluffy
  • Strain into glass with fresh ice
  • Garnish with fresh pineapple & star anise (looks pretty and smells amazing) 


Cocktail #2 - Drink Your Carrots!


  • 5 ml freshly pressed ginger juice
  • ½ Teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 15ml clover honey syrup (to make honey syrup simply dissolve an equal amount of honey to hot water – i.e 200g honey + 200ml hot water)
  • 80ml freshly pressed carrot juice
  • Into a cocktail shaker, dissolve the turmeric powder into the lemon juice 
  • Add all other ingredients, shake well and strain into glass with fresh ice
  • Garnish with Kaffir lime leaves


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Whether it's your gala dinner, product launch or end of year celebration, we'll help make it a roaring success.

From bespoke cocktails to themed bars and the after-dinner whisky trolley, we have a range of intriguing and inspiring way to bring your event to life. 

We’ll create & match drinks specifically to your theme, guests & food. We are highly experience in catering for large groups and are passionate about world class drinks & excellent speed of service.

Examples of what we offer:

  • Cocktail making masterclasses for groups / teams
  • Events, celebrations, conferences, brand / product launches
  • Brand activation & consultancy for the drinks industry 

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I’ve worked in the drinks industry for over 25 years now, stating (as most do) as a glass collector, to earn some extra $$, when I was 15. I’ll never forget the excitement of my first shift, the buzz of actually being paid to be in a place where people were having a good time. 

After graduating from Uni, I got a ‘proper job’ where I quickly realized how much I hated proper jobs.

Fast forward and I’ve working in and around the hospitality, drinks, bar & restaurant industry ever since, with a couple of TV presenting gigs thrown in along the way.

I moved to NZ 12 years ago & within a few months was working as a spirits / brand ambassador for Lion, the biggest spirits distributor in NZ. Over the next 11 years I managed to build a mini ambassador empire – a team of 6 passionate, dedicated experts in Beer, Wine & Spirits, spreading the word of great drinks through education & training. 

As you can imagine, I’m asked to make drinks for other people a lot (I’m super popular at parties), including requests to cater for weddings, launch events, conferences, that type of thing. Mostly I’d just say no, because I’m too busy, but 2 years ago I decided to make it a proper business, and Black Pineapple was born. 

Our insight for Black Pineapple is that if you want amazing food for your guests to celebrate your conference, product launch, wedding or celebration, there’s 100 companies you can call. But if you want outstanding drinks, made by people with skill & passion, then who can you call..?? We have the very best of NZ’s bartenders & drinks experts on our books, who collaborate with us to ensure that your celebration or event is one that your guests will always remember. 

Demand for what we do has been so strong that after over a decade with Lion, I now work full time on the business. Our mission is to bring outstanding drinks and experiences to help people celebrate in style. 

OK so why Black Pineapple...?

Pineapple Fact Time...

  • Did you know that there’s a pineapple on top of the Webb Ellis Cup.? And on the top of the Wimbledon trophy..
  • And prominently featured at the peak of many prominent buildings around the world. Type pineapple architecture into Google and you’ll see what I mean Whhhhyyyy?????
  • Back in the days before flight, if you were rich & were hosting guests for dinner, you could hire a pineapple to display on your table to impress them. The pineapple thus became a symbol of luxury, and soon the international symbol of hospitality as well – if someone offered you pineapple in their home, it was the ultimate in being hospitable
  • The black pineapple, from Antigua, is the World’s sweetest pineapple, and now our emblem & business name, because we offer the sweetest hospitality possible.