It’s tiki-tini time!
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Doesn’t it sound enchanting? Have we all been spending the last week dreaming of faraway tropical places? I mean, I’m one to talk since it’s been in the 70’s here all week, but I actually HAVE been dreaming of faraway tropical places. Yes, the fiancé and I just booked our honeymoon accommodations in Belize!! I am so freakin’ excited. I know that after the crazy weekend of our wedding we are going to be more than ready for some R&R on the beach outside of our seafront cottage, jumping in and out of the ocean at will with plentiful tiki drinks in hand.
Have any of you been to Belize before? Suggestions? Must-sees? We are staying near Placencia and, although we are definitely looking forward to doing a lot of lounging on the beach, we’re always up for an adventure!
So as you can see, my deciding to post this Pineapple Green Tea Martini recipe this week is completely justified. Because if we can’t physically be in our tropical dreamland, we may as well enjoy a cocktail that will take us there in spirit! (And if you’re not a green tea drinker, you could always try a Tropical Rum Runner or a Pineapple Pummelo Margarita.)
I’ve been inspired to make a tea cocktail for a while now, and to be completely honest I started out with all intentions of making a hot tea cocktail. You see, when I was in Vancouver with my mom in January, she had a super-delicious hot tea toddy at our hotel that incorporated Earl Grey tea, whisky, Amaretto and Grand Marnier. Now, I’m not saying that me recreating this is completely off the table, but I happen to have an over-abundance of green tea in my pantry right now, so I decided to see what I could do with what I had on hand.
When I think of green tea, I think of my time in Hawaii, because that’s really the first place I started drinking it on the reg. My tea-drinking habits come and go in phases. I’ll go through a period of time where I HAVE to have my tea every single day, and then other days (namely in the summer when it is too stinkin’ hot outside) I just can’t bring myself to brew some up. But I know it is SO incredibly healthy for me, so I try to drink at least one cup a day whenever I can.
Since my most prominent green tea memories seem to start in Hawaii, I wanted to put a tropical slant on this bevvie. What other way to do that than to bring in some fresh pineapple juice? And of course, because we’re making it “tropical,” we want to serve it cold rather than hot. No hot drinks on our white sand beaches!
To round everything out, we add some fresh mint (so healthy! So tasty!), vodka (because every cocktail needs booze, duh), and a squeeze of both fresh OJ and lime juice. Simple as that! These Pineapple Green Tea Martinis are super refreshing and have little to no added sugar (depending on how fresh all of your juices are.) I’m not going to lie, these taste so healthy that you’re not going to believe they could even be considered “cocktails.” I most definitely mixed one up in a trusty Mason jar and took it to the beach with me last weekend. It was so nice to sip on while basking in the sun!
What tropical faraway places have you been dreaming of lately? Are we ready for summer yet? After mixing up some of these Pineapple Green Tea Martinis you certainly will be! Cheers to warmer weather, my friends.
Pineapple Green Tea Martini
- 2 ounces vodka
- Leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh mint
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 ounce green tea
- Juice of ¼ of an orange
- Juice of ½ of a lime
- Add vodka and mint to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add crushed ice, then all remaining ingredients. Shake to combine and pour into a martini glass.
Take me to the beach I want to go someday…