Playing with SKYY Infusions Pineapple Vodka
Last week I got a bottle of SKYY Infusions Pineapple Vodka. I had already tasted it in several cocktails, and wanted to sample it naked and in my own creations. I was really impressed by its balanced flavor--both the sweet and tart notes found in real pineapple came through. And the spirit was blessedly without that harsh afterburn all too common in flavored vodkas (I think unfortunately producers sometimes use inferior spirits to start with, thinking that their flavorings will mask crappy quality vodka...not a good idea, and it doesn't work.)
I did also receive a bevy of cocktail ideas to use it in. One thing I noticed about most of them was that they called for pineapple juice, in addition to the pineapple vodka. Unless I'm missing something, I really question adding juice--I mean, if you are going to do that, why not just use good old regular vodka?? I wanted the spirit's fruit flavors to shine through, so I started thinking about what combo of ingredients might work with it, and started pulling bottles out of my liquor cabinet.
Though I'm still tweaking the amounts (and you can really vary this according to taste, though I wouldn't recommend using TOO much of the Domaine de Canton, because as delicious as it is, it can easily overwhelm a drink), here is a good starting point:
Kelly's Tropical Cure
1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum (or another coconut rum)
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/4 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1/4 oz. simple syrup (or to taste)
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass.