The PFD and the White Life Saver

March 6, 2012

Assuming you were so inspired by yesterdays post, that you leapt to your feet and purchased the nearest bottle of aquavit, this pineapple and jalapeno juice I referenced is going to be a welcomed addition to your cocktail repertoire. But for those of you who require more time to react to my suggestions (come on people!), and most likely have a bottle of tequila stashed away for Cinco de Mayo, this twist on the margarita will work just as well.

Spice is a difficult thing to incorporate into cocktails successfully but when it is done well, the outcome is fantastic. My ideal spice level for a cocktail catches you off guard initially but settles quickly into a baseline for flavor. Which is why balancing the spice with a subtle sweetness is so important. If you go too sweet, there tends to be a major clash. Pineapple, while certainly sweet, has a great tartness which adds that last and final component for cocktail completion.

You could use this juice for anything but the combination with tequila works great for a more familiar flavor and the addition of aquavit sets the whole thing off in a crazy delicious way. As was agreed on at the Nobler Gathering, the aquavit version sort of tastes like a crazy incarnation of a white Life Saver, which I’ve also decided is the candy I should have never forgotten about. Screw those overly sweet gummy whales I’ve been buying at the Tasti-d bulk candy section before the movies…bring on the Life Savers!

Pineapple Jalapeno Juice:

1 pineapple

1 small jalapeno

Juice of 1 lime

Peel, core, and chop the pineapple. Blend in a food processor with the jalapeno (seeds included) and the lime juice until thoroughly juiced. Pass through a strainer and store in the refrigerator, covered until ready.


The PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

2 oz tequila

1 oz triple sec

3 oz pineapple jalapeno juice

In a rocks glass with ice, mix the three ingredients and serve with a wedge of pineapple for garnish.


The White Life Saver

2 oz aquavit

3 oz pineapple jalapeno juice

2 dashes of lemon bitters

3 oz seltzer to finish

In a highball or tall glass filled with ice mix the first three ingredients. Finish with seltzer and relish in the deliciousness.



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