The pineapple martini is a small but well flavored cocktail, and for some it’s a welcome change from the usual rum and pineapple mix. Try it once and you might appreciate the vodka letting other flavors shine.
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What is Pineapple Martini?
The pineapple martini has very little to do with the actual gin and vermouth martini, but it’s distantly related to the vodka martinis of the late ’80s. For this you need a good vodka, pineapple juice, lime juice, and triple sec. It’s a pretty good cocktail and provides a nice reprieve from the usual rum and pineapple pairing, if you don’t generally like that.
Pineapple Martini Cocktail Recipe
- 1 oz vodka
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 0.5 oz triple sec
- In a shaker combine vodka, pineapple juice, lime juice, triple sec, ice. Shake very well.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
When is this drink best ?
I think the pineapple martini is a great summer cocktail, especially since both pineapple and triple sec bring a fruity note that is usually associated with the warm season.
It’s also on the sour side, so I think it’d work great as a pre-dinner cocktail, or perhaps immediately after dinner as a digestive.
My thoughts on Pineapple Martini
I found the pineapple martini a bit sour, but the little bit of triple sec helped bring both a bit of sweetness and a nice orange note to the drink. The pineapple and lime juice together bring an acidity that is refreshing, but paired with vodka it can be a bit much since vodka is quite plain to begin with. Then again, if you like you drinks on the sour side this might be an amazing cocktail for you.
It was one of the first cocktails where I could almost taste the flavor of vodka, subtle as it is.
If you like Pineapple Martini, you might also like…
Pineapple Daiquiri – a daiquiri with added pineapple juice
Chi Chi – a Pina colada with vodka
Matador – a tequila and pineapple sour
Notes, substitutes, and tips
The original asks for simple vodka, but you can easily add a flavored vodka to make this even better. Citrus vodka is perhaps the first option, though I also think raspberry would work great. Feel free to use whichever version you think would work best with pineapple.