Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Aloha Martini

This light refreshing cocktail came about after playing with ways to finish up a tin of pineapple juice I had on hand. The juice has such an overpowering flavor that it dominates most drinks that use it. In this concoction, I strove to minimize the pineapple and bring out other flavors that work well with it. The result is reminiscent of a Mai Tai and has a nice flowery aftertaste. Like the Tropical Martini, it's nice and fruity without being overpoweringly sweet, like many dessert martinis.

It is decidedly Hawaiian given its pineapple touch and I feel embodies the perfect cocktail to enjoy while enjoying the beach or whilst wishing you were there. Since hibiscus is Hawaii's state flower, I've incorporated it into the garnish by soaking it into the garnish. It's a nice spicy contrast to the mildly sweet drink.
  • 3 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Splash of Amaretto
  • Hum Botanical Liqueur Soaked Pineapple Wedge
  • Maraschino Cherry
Soak wedges of pineapple in Hum liqueur overnight. Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake the liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats. Strain into the glass and garnish with a skewered pineapple wedge and a cherry.