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Hawaiian Martini

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This Hawaiian martini has many of my favorite things. Pineapple juice, orange juice and vodka. It’s easy to make, not overly sweet and perfect for relaxing after work on a Friday afternoon.

Relax with a Hawaiian martini for at home happy hour.

Having been in the wine and spirit business with my husband for the last 20+ years, I never balk at the opportunity to join in an event when cocktails are involved.

So when my friend Liz, from Books-n-Cooks, suggested we do martinis for National Martini Day I knew I was in!

Relax with a Hawaiian martini for at home happy hour.

I love making martinis. They are such a classic cocktail. Others on the blog include my blueberry lemon vodka martini and salted caramel toffee martini, which is perfect for holiday entertaining.

My husband thinks I’m pretty good at making them too. He’s enjoyed all of the ones I’ve made to date.

The inspiration for this Hawaiian martini came from my kid’s love of juices. They are often mixing different types of juices to make fun, delicious combinations.

We always have pineapple and orange juices, as well as a variety of spirits on hand, so this was easy.

A fruity Hawaiian Martini is perfect for at home happy hour.

You may or may not know that martinis can be made with either vodka or gin. I find that people like one or the other.

We are vodka martini fans. I would not suggest making this with gin.

Gin is full of botanicals with juniper being a typical flavor. Some gin brands do have citrus but the stronger notes are almost always juniper, cardamom, anise, and coriander.

In my opinion, those flavors overpower the pineapple and orange. Grapefruit is a more suitable juice because of its tartness and many gin drinks are made with tonic or soda.

Sweeter juices are more conducive to the neutral grain of vodka. You will find gin drinks made with various juices and flavor combinations are personal preferences.

Garnish the Hawaiian martini with a citrus strip.

This Hawaiian martini is simply garnished with an orange strip. I use a citrus zester with a channel knife. Using this tool you can also make strips for candied citrus. This is a tool I’ve had for years and I really love it. It’s super easy to use.

A note on making the drink. When you add the grenadine, don’t freehand it because if you add too much you will overpower the drink and it won’t taste great. Take the time to measure it, you’ll be glad you did.

Long day? Relax with a fruity and tropical Hawaiian martini after work. #NationalMartiniDay

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Relax with a Hawaiian martini for at home happy hour.

Hawaiian Martini

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Kick back and relax with this fruity martini

Ingredients

  • 2 shots (3 ounces) vodka
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine, divided
  • Ice
  • Orange strip for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, pineapple and orange juices. Shake.
  2. Strain into 2 martini glasses. Add ½ teaspoon grenadine to each glass. DO NOT STIR. Garnish by looping an orange strip on the side of the glass. Serve.

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Erin Vasicek

Friday 5th of July 2019

I drank all the juices as a kid so I can relate to yours! Great adult version ;-)

Angie | Big Bears Wife

Monday 1st of July 2019

I love pineapples and OJ together! This would be a winner in my book for sure! Love it!

Wendy Klik

Thursday 20th of June 2019

I am a vodka girl too. Love this flavor profile Ellen.

Karen

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

This sounds wonderful, like a vacation in a glass!

Cheese Curd In Paradise

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

I love a tropical cocktail! Pineapple juice is a favorite of mine, and I can't wait to try this!

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