Whether you're looking for a tropical drink to enjoy from your patio on a warm summer evening or a drink to remind you of those summer evenings on a cold winter night, the coconut pineapple martini will send you directly to an island paradise.
Making a Coconut Pineapple Martini
A coconut pineapple martini is easy to make and simple to tweak to your taste and specifications. This cocktail adds a delightful tropical twist to the traditional vodka martini. The blend of coconut and pineapple results in a sweet drink that will satisfy your need to get away to the tropics, at least in your mind.
Begin making your drink by measuring out 1½ ounces of coconut vodka. There are several different varieties of coconut vodka available that your local liquor store will likely carry. Van Gogh is a great coconut vodka with the perfect level of sweetness for the drink.
If, by chance, your liquor store does not carry coconut flavored vodka, you have a couple of different options. The first is to use just one ounce of your favorite brand of vodka and substitute in ½ ounce of coconut water. Note that coconut water is not the same thing as coconut milk, which will impart a very different look, flavor and feel to your drink.
Your second option is to substitute coconut rum for coconut vodka. Many recipes you're likely to find online will call for coconut rum. While this makes a particularly tasty recipe - even if you opt to use Parrot Bay which is rather inexpensive - it will not technically be a "martini".
The next ingredient you'll need in your cocktail is pineapple. You might opt to add two ounces of pineapple juice, shake it up and let that be your drink. It will taste great, and you'll be back for seconds before you know it.
If you're a more adventurous type, though, you might want to try using just one ounce of pineapple juice in combination with an ounce of pineapple-flavored vodka, also available from Van Gogh. Shake the ingredients together with ice, strain the liquid into a martini glass, and you'll be ready to drink up!
There are several variations to this recipe that you might consider trying. For example, some people enjoy the bit of color added by a splash of grenadine on top of the drink. In fact, grenadine imparts a very favorable color to this martini and tastes great mingled with pineapple and coconut. Another great variation on this recipe calls for 1½ ounces of pineapple rum instead of the vodka or pineapple juice recommended above.
For enthusiasts who plan all of their drinks ahead of time, generous slices of pineapple soaked for a bit in rum make an excellent garnish to the drink. You might also want to garnish the drink with a wedge of another tropical fruit or a cherry and a drink umbrella. Anything fruity or tropical will look great and add style to your cocktail.
Shaken, Not Stirred
A final word about the coconut pineapple martini; it will simply taste better shaken instead of stirred. The drink will be more refreshing shaken with ice since shaking infuses the drink with tiny chips of ice that will keep it cool longer. A Boston shaker or cobbler shaker will serve you well in this instance. If you don't have a shaker, just use two glasses as a workaround, but be very careful. Shake, serve your martini in a nice martini glass and enjoy your drink.