This is the last post featuring the pineapple vinegars that I made with my brother, Rich. He made the cocktails (1 / 2 / 3) that I posted earlier this month. It was such a blast making these cocktails/photographing them (he even took a few of the shots! …No pun intended) with him that I asked him if he would write this post on the Sassy Sara 2.0 since this is one of his “signature” drinks. -Taylor
For the next cocktail, I put a spin on the Sassy Sara cocktail mentioned earlier by using my pineapple vinegar and vanilla simple syrup. This is such a great cocktail because it has so many different elements going on. You get the heat from the jalapenos, the sweetness from the syrup, and the refreshing flavor of pineapple. Although this is one of my favorite drinks, I can not take credit for it as I learned it from the bartender at a previous restaurant.
One of the most intriguing aspects I find with drinks is being able to change different elements and tasting the subtle differences. After all, you are drinking the final concoction and it should agree with your flavor preferences. I’ve played around with variations of this cocktail, and I always find myself tweaking proportions and introducing new flavors. I love the heat from the jalapenos so I always add a few extra, but this is a great drink even without the jalapenos.
- Jalapeno slices
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz pineapple vinegar
- 1 oz vanilla simple syrup, recipe here
- 1/2 squeezed lemon
- Pickled jalapenos, for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle a few slices of a jalapeno in the bottom. Fill with ice and add the vodka, pineapple vinegar, simple syrup and lemon juice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist and a pickled jalapeno.