Pineapple Rosemary Martini
Once upon a time, my sister gave me a jar of her homemade pineapple rosemary jam. For reasons that I still don't understand, I was hesitant to open it for some time. I don't think I was quite convinced that those two flavors would actually... mesh well together.
I was wrong.
Absolutely, positively, 100% dead wrong.
These two flavors not only mesh well together, they make sweet, beautiful, magical, unicorn music together.
I was amazed. I ate that whole jar of jam within days, and it wasn't long after that I was jonesing for some more unicorn tunes.
Fast forward a few months, and I was out with a friend, eating at Max London's, a hip downtown restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY. Several courses of our favorite culinary indulgences lead to a reciting of the dessert menu from our server. On the list of house made ice creams available that evening was a pineapple rosemary sorbet. Obviously, I ordered it without hesitation. Cold, smooth, and full of flavor, it was everything I had hoped for. It was while licking the bottom of the bowl (in the middle of a trendy restaurant... NO SHAME) that I came to the inevitable conclusion that this flavor combination positively must be presented as a cocktail.
There are, of course, multiple ways one could combine pineapple and rosemary into a cocktail, and I contemplated many of them for quite a while. I could muddle some rosemary leaves and pineapple wedges, and then shakey shake them up with some vodka or gin. That would be easy enough, sure. But is it too easy? Yes. Is it special enough? No! So I decided to torture myself a little bit, and chose a much more complicated route. I made a liqueur, and consequently had to wait an additional 2 months before I my taste buds were finally able to realize their dreams.
But hey, everything's better with a little antici................pation, right?
Well, maybe not everything. But this cocktail certainly was. This was totally worth the wait. Delectably sweet and fragrant, it was exactly what I had imagined. The pineapple makes you feel transported to a holiday in the tropics, as pineapple always does, while the rosemary adds a complex undertone of herbaceous intrigue. They complement each other beautifully, and this tasty libation has become my go-to cocktail for whenever I have guests over, or just feel like treating myself.
- 1.5 oz pineapple vodka
- 1.5 oz homemade pineapple rosemary liqueur
- 1.5 oz pineapple juice
- Chill martini glass by filling with ice water. Set aside.
- Fill mixing glass with ice.
- Pour in all ingredients.
- Shake mixture vigorously until shaking can frosts over.
- Discard ice water from martini glass.
- Strain mixture into chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with rosemary sprig