Pineapple isn’t that unusual of an ingredient, but many people do avoid fresh pinapple because it’s a bit of a pain to work with (and canned is no comparison for flavor!). To that, I suggest this uni-tasker (usually I would avoid such
things on the advice of Alton Brown, but believe me, this is worth it!): Vacu Vin Pineapple Slicer. You slice the top of a pineapple and then this nifty gadget slices it up in less than a minute.
Product endorsement aside, I’m really writing about pineapple because I found an easy and delicious recipe for homemade pineapple vodka.
Basically, you take a bottle of vodka and a sliced up a pineapple and combine them an air-tight container. Stack the pineapple chunks around the edge of the container like bricks, leaving the center open. Pour the vodka over the pineapple, ensuring all the pieces are covered, and seal the container. (You could also add simple syrup if you have a sweet tooth like me.) Place it in a secure spot without direct sunlight for 10-14 days and then…
Strain the pineapple out and you’re left with homemade pineapple vodka! Store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can still taste the alcohol a little, but there is a strong pineapple flavor too. Think of the cocktail possibilities!
Try mixing it into any tropical cocktail, combine it with orange juice, or try it straight up and chilled if you like martinis. Pictured at right is a citrus martini – pineapple vodka mixed with triple sec, lemon juice and simple syrup.
A nice way to bring a little sunshine into the dreary gray winter. Enjoy!