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Pineapple Vodka, With Extra Toppings…

The final of my 3 Vodka infusions; this sweet and tropical infusion will be perfect for those with a sweet tooth and a penchant for the tang of a fresh pineapple (like me).

It is a relatively versatile infusion that works best in tropical cocktails but also finds its place in the more ‘traditional’ recipes. Think along the lines of a Tropical Martini or Tangy Screwdriver…

Check out the infusion recipe below and then enjoy the tropical combination of your new Pineapple Vodka and a cocktail whose origin story was set in Brazil; The Very Tropical Caipiroska.

Pineapple Infused Vodka

Recipe:

1 whole (medium) pineapple, sliced/diced

70cl (700ml) Vodka

50 grams Sugar

Method:

  • Add all of the ingredients to a sterilised & tight sealing bottle.
  • Leave to sit for up to 48hrs.
  • Strain into the original vodka bottle and seal it.
  • Keep in a cool dry place away from sunlight, or in the fridge/freezer if you want it served chilled…

This infusion is extremely fresh and does not hide its tropical pineapple flavour! This vodka is a wonderful inclusion in any cocktail you want to perk up with a tropical hit. Try it in your next vodka base tropical drink or as an addition to your next Pina Colada!

Cocktail: Very Tropical Caipiroska

pineapple caipiroska 1

Recipe:

50ml Pineapple Infused Vodka

1 Lime

2 teaspoons Sugar*

Garnish: Pineapple leaf & speared fruit.

Method:

  • Add the sugar into a rocks glass.
  • Cut the lime into quarters and then squeeze and drop each piece into the glass skin up.
  • Very gently muddle the lime and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, fill the glass with crushed ice.
  • Add in your infused vodka, cover with a napkin and swizzle.
  • Top up with more crushed ice and then garnish.
  • Serve with a straw…

*the type of sugar determines the amount of muddling. Whilst using a sugar cube looks good, it also requires a lot more work. Use some granulated sugar, or better yet go for caster sugar!

This cocktail is based on the classic Caipirinha from Brazil and was huge during the last world cup [Brazil 2014]. During the 4 weeks that Fifa’s biggest tournament ran, there were more variations on the Caipirinha than one could shake a proverbial stick at. Whilst the Caipiroska was already well-liked before the WC, it did benefit a great deal from the exposure of its parent during the football tournament…

Caipirinha ingredients
A Caipirinha is a simple 3 ingredient drink: Cachaca, Lime & Sugar…

With citrus flavours galore and vast amounts of other tropical flavours a-plenty, the Caipi family of cocktails have gone from strength to strength. There are so many different varieties of this drink that it was only a matter of time before infused spirits/liqueurs made their way into the recipes!

This pineapple vodka based version is fruitier and lighter than a normal Caipiroska (the infusion process takes some of the alcohol burn away.

Fervent Shaker Top Tip: This cocktail is fantastic short and iced. But if you’re after something a little longer (and lighter) then why not make this in a tall Collins glass? You’ll have to prepare it in a rocks glass before adding it to the larger glass. You should pour the ingredients (once muddled) into a Collins glass, add the ice, then the alcohol. Before adding more crushed ice, add in some fruit juice – in this instance a splash of Pineapple & Mango would be fantastic! – Then top up with the ice.

NFL Special – The Vikings VS The Bears

I’m writing this as the Bears lead the Vikings 24-21 (Half Time)

Recently i’ve been doing a daily post at around 5pm (GMT) of cocktails i like/love. I’ve decided to change it up a bit…

This is mainly because over the next 2 weeks (as well as the past week) i’m working as much as possible to help me pay for London Cocktail Week (London, UK). But also because i think it’s time to introduce some more things, links, picture and so forth.

Hopefully all you guys (readers) will enjoy the refreshment whilst I work as hard as I can now, so that in 3-5 weeks time i can bring you lots of juicy posts about my exploits during the LCW, and various photo-shoots for my upcoming cocktail book.

So here, inspired by tonights NFL game i’m watching whilst typing are 32 cocktails themed for the NFL, for your favourite teams… Especially for you Americans!

32 Cocktails for your NFL party…

And if that’s not enough? Then try out these classic Nort American cocktails:

The Dark N’ Stormy, Recipe:

2oz/50ml Goslings Dark Navy Seal Rum

Top up Goslings Ginger Ale

Garnish: Lime Wedge

Method:

In an ice filled glass pour in the ginger ale and then float the rum on top. Drop in the lime (squeeze it in if you like a bit of zing) and stir well.

dark n stormy
Layered to perfection…
Picture Courtesy of: blogs.villagevoice.com

The Screwdriver, Recipe:

2oz/50ml Vodka

Top up Fresh (NFC) Orange Juice

Garnish: Orange slice

Method:

Pour in the vodka, over ice, and then top up with the orange juice. Stir well and drop in the orange slice.

Simple, Elegant and perfect with your afternoon games…
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