I love pineapple juice cocktails, but often times they're too sweet for more than a taste or two. And finding a pineapple mixed drink that doesn't include [Malibu] rum is a rare occurrence.
I love this drink because it retains the taste of the pineapple juice, yet also adds undertones of citrus. And the vodka gives it a bite worthy of a martini glass.
A perfect Friday (or Tuesday!) night cocktail. Salud!
(adapted from FoodNetwork.com)
- 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
- sugar, for the rim
- Maraschino cherry
Chill a martini glass in the freezer. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the pineapple juice, vodka, orange liqueur and lime juice. Shake vigorously until combined (about 30 seconds). In general, by the time the exterior of the cocktail shaker is coated with condensation from the ice, the drink is ready.
Using a lime wedge, completely coat the top edge of the rim of the glass, and then dip into sugar (on a plate). Strain/pour the drink into chilled glass and garnish with a cherry.
Sip, sip, repeat.