Roy Yamaguchi's national chain of Hawaiian fusion restaurants serves a martini that will have you singing "Tiny Bubbles" with your imaginary monkey friend Cecil. Whole bottles of Skyy vodka, Stoli Vanil, and Malibu rum are dumped into a giant decanter along with some sugar and pineapple chunks. After three days, when all the hunks of pineapple are floating, the cocktail's ready to be served—shaken, not stirred—in a chilled martini glass.
My Roy's Hawaiian martini recipe below makes around 36 drinks. Prepare it in advance of your next swinging pool party, and say "hello" to Cecil for me.
Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.
- 2 750 ml bottles Skyy vodka
- 1 750 ml bottle Stoli Vanil vodka
- 1 750 ml bottle Malibu rum
- 1 6-ounce can pineapple juice
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 fresh pineapple, sliced
1. Combine the vodkas, Malibu rum, and pineapple juice in a large nozzled decanter or 5 quart jug. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
2. Slice the top and bottom off of a fresh pineapple. Slice the pineapple in half then slice the halves in half to make quarters. Cut the rind from each of the quarters, then slice the quarters into 1/2-inch thick slices. This will make several bite-size wedges. Add the pineapple slices to decanter, and let the mixture sit for 3 days at room temperature.
3. To make the drink, shake 3 ounces of the martini blend with ice and strain it into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with one piece of pineapple from the decanter, speared on a toothpick.
Makes about 36 servings.
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Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.
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