This time, I’m afraid I can’t take credit for creating the aforementioned marvelous dessert inspired martini. Because this creation my friends, was actually brought to you via one of my Buy.com colleges who happens to share the same passion for cocktail concoctions as me. We also share the same difficulty when it comes to restraining ourselves and being selective of what we put in our baskets whenever we pay a visit to Hi-Time Wine Cellars (not an easy task whatsoever). Well ok, perhaps she has just a little more restraint than I do, but I digress…
About two or three weeks ago Kirsten stopped by my cube and told me all about a martini she made inspired by one of her favorite desserts, Pineapple Upside-down Cake. She proceeded to quickly list the ingredients and the approximate ratios. I told her it sounded like a great cocktail and that I wanted to try and make it for the blog but I was missing one of the key ingredients, the caramel vodka. She immediately offered to pick up a bottle for me if need be, since she happens to live close by the shoppe that carries it. I didn’t take her up on the offer right away, because I knew I had a couple caramel flavored liquors I wanted to try out first for this recipe.
That turned out to be a huge waste of time. Strike one took place when I tried using Godiva Caramel liquor —it curdled immediately after I added the pineapple juice (duh!). Strike two came about when I tried using Toddy’s Toffee Liquor, it didn’t curdle, but I wast happy with the flavor and it also left a bit of an aftertaste. I was not about to go for the third strike. So, I finally came to my senses and asked Kirsten to pick me up a bottle of caramel vodka when she had a chance.
Once I brought the bottle home with me, I began the mixing process with great anticipation. Finally, success!
- 2 ounces cake vodka
- 2 ounces caramel vodka
- 4 ounce pineapple juice
- 2 maraschino cherries
- fresh pineapple wedges for garnish, optional
- Place maraschino cherries into two martini glasses.
- Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled half-way with ice. Shake for 20-30 seconds strain and serve into martini glasses.
- Garnish each glass with a fresh pineapple wedge, if desired.
Liquid Pineapple Upside-down Cake… try it!