Anyone that knows me well knows that I wait all year for summer to arrive. I have to admit that I go through a little funk when my weekends full of floating in the pool, letting the sun kiss my skin, while the water rocks me like a baby, is over. My friends will talk about their skin care routines and it never fails, one will say “and SHE TANS”, and the others gasp or shake their heads. I admit it. I tan. It’s like I’m trying to soak up every ounce of summer while I can, because I know my love affair with summer has an expiration date. Today’s Martini Monday helps me reminisce about my lover. I call it the endless summer martini. Anytime that I feel like I really need that sweet, warm, kiss I can make one of these and pretend its July.
This drink is really easy to make. There are only four ingredients. They are: Coconut Rum, Vodka, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine. You don’t have to use the coconut rum. You can use regular rum if you already have it. The coconut rum will just give you that little hint of suntan lotion in the air. If you are a regular reader then you know that I am a fan of vodka and Tito’s is my favorite. If you would like more recipes using vodka then check these out.
As you can guess I used Tito’s vodka and Captain Morgan Coconut Rum to make this martini. If you want to cut costs I wouldn’t do it on the alcohol. I would instead get my juice at Aldis or make my own Grenadine. Fun Fact…Grenadine is a simple syrup made from pomegranate juice.
To make your own grenadine you need to dissolve ¼ cup of sugar in one cup of pomegranate juice. Make sure your juice is unsweetened. Or you could get sweetened pomegranate juice and just reduce it by boiling off some of the extra liquid until it becomes a syrup. Start with putting your juice and sugar into a saucepan over medium heat. Once the sugar dissolves then increase the heat until you start to boil off some of the liquid and get the consistency of a simple syrup. This will take maybe five minutes. If you think the mixture is too sweet you can add the juice of ½ a lemon and this will brighten up the flavor and balance out the sweetness. You can then store the syrup in the fridge in a capped container for up to a month.
If I was going to serve this for a party I would probably do this. However, for this application to make just two martinis, I am not that ambitious. I have to tell you. I just bought Rose’s brand grenadine at the store.
Let’s make this martini! First you will need to put ice in your cocktail shaker. I will tell you that all my ingredients were chilled before I started as well. You don’t have to do that but I like to. Add in 4 ounces of the coconut rum and four ounces of pineapple juice. Then, add two ounces of vodka, and one ounce of grenadine. That’s all there is to it. Shake it up and strain into your martini glasses. This will make two martinis. I garnished mine with cocktail umbrellas to remind me of the beach, but a slice of pineapple or a bright red cherry would be nice as well. My significant other says it’s the best martini I’ve ever made. I think it’s pretty darn good too. If I do say so myself. Until next time, may your drinks be strong and your summers endless, and as always stay glamorous.