June 19th is National Martini Day! My Bikini Martini is the perfect drink to sip poolside. Vodka, coconut rum, lemonade, fresh pineapple juice, and a place of grenadine make a tropical sweet treat. Serve up- or my style- on the rocks!
Playing around with different types of drinks is something I really enjoy. I love to try different flavors together and create a tasty drink to sip.
The first time I tried a Bikini Martini was at a martini bar when I was home from college on a break, and a friend and I frequented this particular bar as often as possible. When I first had the brink it was served up and with a sugared rim and a lemon wedge.
Since then, I have played with this recipe to try to make my own version based on my favoite things from different drinks I have tried.
Typically, a Bikini Martini included:
I have made a few adjustments to the typical recipe by adding lemonade, and coconut rum. I love the citrus flavors, and the coconut really works well with the pineapple. Grenadine is a bright red fruit syrup, and because of the heavier sugar content it sinks and provides a two-tone color to the drink.
It isn’t National Martini Day if we don’t have a little bit of a party!Check out these other fun martini recipes for #NationalMartiniDay:
- Bikini Martini from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! Martini from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Classic Cosmo from Books n’ Cooks
- Classic Lemon Drop from Our Good Life
- Coconut Ciroc Martini from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Coconut Orange Mango Martini from Daily Dish Recipes
- Creamy Chocolate Martini from Sweet Beginnings
- The Dirty Martini from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- French Martini from Food Above Gold
- Hawaiian Martini from Family Around the Table
- Strawberry Lemonade Martini from Palatable Pastime
- Tamarillo-tini from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Watermelon Guava Martini from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to serve this drink on the rocks?
Nope! You can serve your martini “up”, and use a stemmed martini glass or a stemless martini glass. Just place ice in a shaker and shake all ingredients except the grenadine. Pour in the glass, and then add the grenadine.
I like sipping mine on the rocks, but traditionally this is a martini served “up”.
Do I need to use coconut rum?
Nope! I love traditional white rum, or lemon flavored rum is delicious as well.
I don’t like cherry- do I need to use grenadine?
Contrary to popular belief grenadine is not actually cherry flavored. It is a sweet syrup that uses red dye. If it does contain fruit juice it is from pomegranate, and not cherries. If you do not care for the flavor, raspberry syrup or strawberry syrup can be used as a substituent, but the consistency might not be the same as grenadine depending on the brand used.
Can I use flavored vodka?
Sure! I recommend a citrus flavor.
How to I make the grenadine sink?
For my rocks drink, I pour a small bit on the side of the drink and allow the drink to sit as it settles. If you serve the drink up you will follow the same method. Adding the grenadine LAST is the key.
Here are more delicious cocktails to brighten your summer:
- 4 oz coconut rum
- 2 oz vodka
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 2 oz lemonade
- 1 oz grenadine
- crushed ice
- Cherries and Pineapple, for garnish
In 12 oz glasses, add vodka, rum, pineapple juice, and lemonade. Gently stir to mix.
Add crushed ice to each glass.
Slowly pour into the drink, slowly, on the side. Allow drink to rest for a minute while the grenadine settles.
Place cherry and pineapple on toothpicks, and serve.
To make this recipe “up”: Place vodka, rum, pineapple juice, and lemonade into a shaker with ice. Shake to mix and chill. Pour into martini glassed. Slowly add grenadine, and allow drink to settle. Garnishing with cherries and pineapple.