Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Pineapple Margarita

Pineapple Margarita
Red Lobster Recipe

Serves 4

1 qt Pineapple juice
6 oz Tequila
2 oz Cointreau
2 oz Gran Marnier
4-6 leaves Fresh Basil
Splash Orange Juice (fresh)
For Garnish Pineapple Salt (see Recipe)

Fill pitcher with ice and basil. Add Tequila, Cointreau, and Gran Marnier, stir well. Add fruit juices, stir well or shake as needed Rim glasses with Pineapple Salt, serve drink chilled over ice and garnish with pineapple, orange, and fresh basil.

Pineapple Salt
½ Cup Sea Salt (may use kosher salt as well)
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
½ Cup Dried Pineapple (Small dice)

Combine sugar and salt. Add ½ of mixture to food processor. Add dried pineapple, and begin to blend. It may be necessary to start and stop processor so pineapple can mix well Add remainder of sugar and salt mixture, and continue to blend until desired consistency. Store in cool, dry place

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