After my early break yesterday, I figured I'd probably be able to turn out another success, but nothing much stood above the rest. Today was a much luckier day! I didn't do much experimentation at all, really (for one thing, I'm running out of citrus) but I did manage to turn out multiple winners. All of which is to say: you get two today.
Full disclosure, this one is fairly similar to a non-alcoholic beverage that was featured for years on my old restaurant's menu - similar mix of flavors, distinctly different construction.
1 1/2 oz pineapple-lime syrup
1/2 oz lime juice
8-10 mint leaves
3-4 dashes Bitter Truth celery bitters
Muddle the mint in the syrup, add the juice and bitters, then shake and strain over large ice cubes in a large tumbler. Top with about 1 oz ginger beer (deviating from my usual Reed's here - I found instead a much spicier version called Regatta) and about 3 oz carbonated cucumber water, then stir gently to combine and top with a sprig of mint or a lime wheel.
Overall a very tropical feel - somewhere between a Mojito and a Mai Tai with none of the booze. I'd go so far as to say that this exceeds the original (though to be fair, it could use a better name).