I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for creative cocktail ideas. While the standards are amazing and often my go-tos, I do like to mix things up a bit. If I see something new and different on the menu when I’m traveling, I’ll likely give it a try. I just may want to duplicate it when I get home.

As you know, I got the opportunity to set sail with Carnival a few weeks ago. While on the ship, there were myriad things to do. Usually, around 4 or 5 o’clock in the afternoon (after a day of sun and relaxation), I would make my way back to my room and get changed for the evening, Then I would take my sun-burnt, um, I mean beautifully tanned, self to one of the bars on the ship for a pre-dinner cocktail. While the ship has lots of bars to suit various tastes and personalities, I usually find one and stick with it. On this particular vacation, I fell in love with the Alchemy Bar.

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

The Alchemy Bar isn’t your average bar. As the name suggests, it has sort of a pharmacy theme and offers “relief for what ails” you. Specialty cocktails are their forte; no beer or soda in sight. What I loved most about the bar, however, was the unique flourishes they add to their cocktails. While I was there, I saw rosemary and cinnamon sticks lit on fire, the oils from an orange peel burnt over a cocktail, and smacked mint (We will get to that one in a second.)

Cocktails as an art form! Color me impressed. This quickly became the place for me. And my drink of choice? The Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Martini.

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

After just one sip, I was hooked. The combination of spicy heat, sweet pineapple, and fresh mint was Flavortown Heaven!

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

I asked the bartender how the cocktail came together. A couple key ingredients are jalapeño pepper infused vodka and chipotle pineapple syrup. Mixed with a few other flavorful ingredients, this cocktail was born.

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

A few weeks following my trip, I was eager to try my hand at making this drink. I made the spicy vodka using jalapeños. (I believe Alchemy Bar used habaneros.) I found that adding three jalapeños with the seeds removed to one bottle of vodka produced plenty of spicy kick. You can certainly add more peppers if you like things extra hot or just use traditional vodka to cut back on the heat. I let my vodka sit for a few days to soak in the jalapeño flavor.

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

I also found this Chipotle Pineapple syrup from Monin, which I later learned is the syrup that Carnival uses.

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

Let’s not forget about the garnish. As I mentioned, Alchemy Bar seems to be famous for their flourishes. For this particular cocktail, a leaf of mint is placed on the palm of one hand and is smacked with the palm of the other hand. It might seem a little silly, but it makes for an audible and memorable presentation. Plus, smacking the mint leaf releases oils which help to flavor the cocktail.

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

Now, with all my ingredients assembled, I was ready to shake up my own Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Martini!

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Martini

2 ounces vodka, flavored with jalapeños
1 ounce chipotle pineapple syrup
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
6-8 mint leaves

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, chipotle pineapple syrup, pineapple juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves (Reserve one leaf for garnish.). Shake vigorously.

Strain into a martini glass. To garnish, smack the reserved mint leaf between your palms, and float it on top of the cocktail.

Print

Spicy Chiptole Pineapple Martini | Inspired by Charm

I highly recommend giving this cocktail a try. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do. In fact, I convinced quite a few people to try it while on the ship, and they were equally impressed.

Now, I’m off to sip my martini and pretend I’m sailing on the Caribbean again. Cheers!

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Comments

  • Carol Griffin at

    Like you, I love to try unique, cocktail drinks! And, also like you, our family loves to cruise with Carnival and always love their speciality drinks! My new favorite drink now is a “cucumber vodka pomegranate martini” which I recently had at a real estate function. I am loving this cucumber vodka which is awesome! The martini is made with cucumber vodka, pomegranate liquor (can also use a raspberry liquor) and sweet and sour mix. Absolutely delicious and so refreshing!

  • Megan Fisher at

    OMG, drool!

    Never thought of using spice in a cocktail but certainly will now.

    Do you think this would work with other fruits Michael?

    Thanks!

  • Bill D. at

    Agree with the positive comments about this cocktail. Just got back from a Bahama cruise on the Carnival Pride and really enjoyed the Achemy bar and all there specialty cocktails. Another that cocktail I enjoyed was the Caribbean Manhatten.

  • Nancy Flanagan at

    Just ran across this site so I haven’t made any of the cocktails yet but admit to being light-headed just copying the recipes! 🍸 They look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try them! Your site made my day. Last week I broke a bone in my foot and am pretty much “chair-laden” for the time being. Sometimes it seems there isn’t enough liquor in the w-o-r-l-d…just kidding!!! I’m a “retired” creative and fun-loving 4th grade teacher who still misses her job…even after 8 years. Think you’d call that being “young at heart”? Went to Puerto Villarte for ten days in March though (no cruise) so I’m looking forward to experiencing something new and exciting! Thanks for making my day! Take care…Nance

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. And your vacation sounds fantastic. Hope you had a few cocktails while you were there. I also hope my recipes keep you busy. Be sure to stop back for more. 🙂

      xo Michael

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