Pineapple Martini

We adore fresh pineapple at my house. And vodka is a favorite alcohol. Combine the two and it’s heavenly!

Recently, while visiting Capital Grill with dear friends, I noticed the perfectly arranged glass decanter of fresh pineapple slices on the bar. When we ordered our cocktails, my friend decided we should try the pineapple infused vodka. Ah! That’s what that was. I had noticed the same architecturally arranged decanter of pineapple slices at Roy’s before.

Let me first say that the pineapple infused vodka made an elegantly simple martini- just shake it in a shaker with ice and strain it into a chilled glass. It tastes wonderful and therefore can be dangerous, as all of those type of drinks can be.  My friend and I decided that it would be simple to make our own infused vodkas, and she assured me that her daughter who had the inside scoop on Capital Grill (shhh!) insists that is all that’s in that decanter-vodka and pineapple.

The next time I was at the market I bought two healthy-sized pineapples. They were not too ripe, but not green. I also brought home two liters of  vodka. I spent a day eyeing the pineapples. Could it really be that simple? I googled it. Yes, indeed, that simple. But then the directions I found shot off in various directions of time required by the infusion like the spaghetti models of hurricane days here in Florida. I decided that ten days was the magic number of days. It seemed like it would require that long for the pineapple to impart the amount of taste to the vodka. I put it in a cool, dark place but checked on it daily to make sure nothing untoward was happening.

Layer the pineapple in the jar

I used a one gallon wide mouth canning jar for two pineapples and two liters of vodka. I didn’t worry about getting each seed out (see the little specks) since I would be straining it later, but I did take the “eyes” off. The layering is done like an offset stack so that there is a maximum amount of pineapple surface in contact with the vodka. You can certainly make smaller amounts. Just be sure to have all the pineapple covered by the vodka. And seal your jar well. Metal containers do not work for this.

Pour the vodka into the jar

Next, pour the vodka over the pineapple in the container until the pineapple is completely covered by liquid. I added a small custard bowl into the top of the jar before sealing so I could be sure that the pineapples were under the vodka. The container must be sealed well. Shake it around just a bit to be sure to dislodge any air bubbles, but not so much as to move the pineapple stack. Save the bottles(s) to decant back into to save your liquor once it’s infused. Now all you have to do is wait the ten days. Check on it every day and jiggle it around to be sure all is well. The vodka will become slightly more yellow but the pineapple will look the same.

Strain the pineapple and liquid into a large bowl

After ten days you are ready to decant the vodka back into your bottles or decorative (well cleaned) containers. Strain the pineapple and liquid into a large bowl. You also have vodka infused pineapple at this point, so you will want to keep it away from the kids. Once it stops dripping liquid into the bowl, you can remove the pineapple to other containers for use later. You can also press the pineapple to remove even more of the vodka and thereby having a stonger pineapple taste to your vodka. 

I froze some to use in the pineapple vodka martinis. I used a funnel to decant it back into bottles  which I plan to keep in the freezer. Well, I will gift some of it too.

Decant the vodka into bottles

 I hope that you will try this. It’s really easy. It makes a great gift, and the martini is wonderful! I promise.