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The Tiki-Tini and its ingredients.

The Tiki-Tini

There are hundreds of “Piña Colada Martini” recipes out there, and they’re all wrong.

Rather pedantic of me to make such a proclamation, I know, but here’s why they’re wrong: No Gin. If you don’t put Gin in the recipe, you can’t call it a Martini variant. (Which, BTW, is why a “Vodka Martini” is actually called a “Kangaroo”)

With that in mind, I set out to create a Martini that had the essence of the Piña Colada in it, but was cleaner.

In classic fashion, I use zero flavored alcohol. The flavorings come from the juice.

And the only odd-ball ingredient I use is “Vita Coco Coconut Water with Pineapple.” I’ve been drinking this stuff for about a year, so it’s definitely time I made a drink from it!

I present to you a Booze Guru Original:

The Tiki-Tini (aka Piña Colada Martini)

  • 1.5 ounces Gin (Aviation Gin recommended)
  • 1/2 ounce Silver Rum
  • 1.5 ounces Coconut Water with Pineapple
  • 1/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice (Key or West Indian Limes, *not* Persian!)
  • 1/4 ounce Coconut Milk

Add cracked ice to a Boston Shaker. Add all the ingredients. Shake until your hands feel like they’re going to freeze off, then shake a bit longer.

Strain into a cocktail glass or champagne coupe.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

Sip and enjoy!

In the interest of full disclosure: this recipe came out so much better than I had anticipated. And, this was a one-shot recipe: no tinkering or adjusting was needed.

If you’re looking for something new that you can sip on a hot day, this is it!

…you’re welcome!