Friday, February 17, 2012

Winter Fix: Pineapple Sage G&T

When you think pineapple you don't typically think about this time of year. To many, the pineapple is synonymous with Hawaiian beaches and bikinis, but the pineapple is an interesting creature and is oddly enough a winter fruit.

The two most popular pineapples in the US are the Cayenne and the Red Spanish. The Cayenne is the traditional Hawaiian pineapple and although it's available all year round (thanks Hawaii) their peak season is in April and May. The Red Spanish however has two seasons one in August and September as well as January and February.  That being said, it is actually an appropriate time to imbibe a tasty, pineappley beverage to beat the winter blues.

Pineapple Sage G&T
2 oz Gin
3 Sage leaves
3-4 1x1in fresh pineapple cubes
1/2 lime
Fentamins Tonic Water

Muddle sage and pineapple with the lime juice in the bottom of a collins glass. Add gin, ice, and tonic. Slowly and gently stir to encourage flavor mixing without disturbing the bubbles in the tonic water. Garnish with pineapple and a sage leaf and serve with or without a straw.

Even though it's cold outside, who says you can't have a sandy beach right inside your living room.
Pineapple Tip: Choose the best pineapple by scent and the base of the pineapple. If the bottom is too green it means the fruit was picked too early and will never ripen properly. If it's a little orange/red at the bottom and it's scent is fruity and aromatic, it will be sweet and delicious! 

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