Tropical Sass: Alcohol-Free Pineapple Lemongrass Martini

The fragrant aroma of lemongrass, jasmine and ginger adds a nuanced depth to the familiar tropical sweetness of pineapple in this delicious alcohol-free pineapple and lemongrass martini.

Lemongrass is a staple in Thai cuisine, imparting a bold and unmistakable citrus and menthol character that pairs well with tropical flavors.  As a rule of thumb: if it works in a frying pan, give it a chance in a shaker – and this recipe does not disappoint.

This delectable treat boasts a delicate balance of sweetness, floral notes, and subtle spices, all underscored by a zesty punch of lime. It’s a surefire crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients

  • ½ oz. (15 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
  • ¼ oz. (7.5 ml) ginger syrup (see here)
  • 1 inch of a lemongrass stalk
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) jasmine tea, cooled
  • 2 oz. (60ml) pineapple juice
  • Slice of lime, to garnish (optional)

Equipment

  • Kettle
  • Mug
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer
  • Muddler
  • Shaker
  • Martini glass

Instructions

  1. First, make the jasmine tea.
  2. Pour just boiled (but not boiling) water over the tea bag and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bag and leave to cool to room temperature.
  4. Next, assemble the mocktail.
  5. In the shaker, muddle the lemongrass with the lime juice and ginger syrup.
  6. Add the cooled jasmine tea and pineapple juice.
  7. Throw in a handful of ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds until the outside of the shaker is very cold.
  8. Strain into a martini glass.
  9. Garnish with a slice of lime.

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Alcohol-Free Pineapple Lemongrass Martini FAQ

What does muddling mean?
Muddling is a technique that is used to press or crush ingredients together to release their flavors and aromas.  In cocktail making, a tool call a muddler is used to crush fresh herbs, fruits or spices with sugar or simple syrup to extract their essential oils and flavors before adding the other ingredients to the drink.

What is the main flavor profile of the pineapple lemongrass alcohol-free martini?
The martini is sweet and tangy with a distinctive lemongrass character.  The warm ginger spice and floral jasmine notes are more subtle but add to the depth of flavor in the mocktail.

Why can’t I pour boiling water over the tea tag?
To extract the best flavor from any tea, it’s best to use just-boiled but not boiling water. This is because boiling water can actually damage the delicate components of tea leaves, and can result in a bitter taste.

Can I use a different type of tea instead of jasmine tea?
Yes, you can experiment with different herbal teas as an alternative to jasmine tea.  However, keep in mind that it will alter the flavor profile of the drink.

Where can I find ginger syrup?
You can find ginger syrup at specialty grocery stores, or you can make it yourself by simmering ginger slices in equal parts water and sugar until the sugar dissolves and the liquid thickens.  You can find the full recipe here.

Can I use a different type of glass to serve the martini?
This recipe is designed to be served ice-cold, straight up in a martini glass.  However, you could serve it over ice and use a tumbler or rocks glass instead.

Can I make this mocktail ahead of time?
It’s best to serve the mocktail immediately after making it.  However, you can prepare the jasmine tea and ginger syrup (if you are making it yourself) ahead of time and store them separately in the fridge until you are ready to assemble the drink and serve.

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