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Bikini Martini

Bikini Martini

Cachaça and limoncello shaken with passion fruit puree and fresh passion fruit, half a pressed lemon and homemade white sugar syrup, garnished with a glazed cherry. This drink is served short Martini style but exudes the flavour and vibes of a classic tiki drink.

Cahcaca, Limoncello, Lemon Juice, Passionfruit, Sugar Syrup.

*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.

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The Bikini Martini is a firm favourite here at Mixology and a great addition to the menu for those planning a summer-time bar hire. Featuring the Brazilian spirit, cachaça, this cocktail might not have the notoriety of its vodka-based cousins but it makes up for that with its refreshing and tropical flavour profile.

Cachaça is not reserved for Caipirinhas, this Brazilian spirit is a versatile alternative to rum and pairs brilliantly with fruity flavours. The Bikini Martini is, as the name suggests, a Martini style cocktail, this means short, strong and packed with flavour. The combination of cachaça and limoncello make for a sweet and zingy cocktail that’s easy to drink but also fairly high in alcohol, if you’re thinking of featuring this drink on your menu, you may want to include some longer, low-alcohol cocktails or even a few beers to balance things out.

This fruity Martini would go great alongside long, fruit based cocktails like the Eclipse Cooler; a bourbon based mixture of raspberry and cranberry. If you’re eager to continue the passion fruit theme there are loads of drinks that include this exotic fruit including the rum based, Hurricane and fan-favourite, the Porn Star Martini.

Whilst not technically a tiki drink, the Bikini Martini features many of the classic tropical flavours of this family of cocktails and would work great as part of tiki menu. The short, strong style of this cocktail nicely offsets the usual long and juicy tiki drinks and would be a great way to inject some variety into a tiki based selection.

Cachaça is an under-appreciated spirit and something that not everyone has had the opportunity to try, if you’re planning a special bar hire and want to introduce your guests to this Latino liquor something like the Bikini Martini could be the perfect inclusion on your menu.

If you’re planning to include the Bikini Martini on your cocktail menu and want to know more about what drinks might work well alongside it, make sure to ask your event organiser about your options, or check out some other cachaça based, fruity and Martini style cocktails from our list.  

History

Created by TT Liquor bartender and events manager Jake Rogers, this incarnation of the Bikini Martini is unique to mixology events and is a fantastic and original way to use cachaça.

There are a number of cocktails known as a ‘Bikini Martini’ most of these seem to be overly sweet, garishly coloured concoctions involving blue curacao or some other equally lurid ingredient.

Myths & Legends

Being a house cocktail and a fairly recent creation, there isn’t much controversy surrounding the Bikini Martini.

However, tiki drinks are steeped in rich and sometimes far-fetched history so if you want to know more about tiki myths and legends check out our page on tiki cocktails.

References

There are no references for this cocktail.

Ingredients & Equipment

Cachaça is a spirit unique to Brazil but very similar in taste and production to rum, leading it to sometimes be referred to as ‘Brazilian rum’ though this term is pretty outdated now. Whilst rum is made from the byproducts of sugar production such as molasses, cachaça, similarly to rhum agricole, is made by distilling fresh sugar cane juice, this gives it a sharper, dryer flavour than its rich, mellow cousin.

Cachaça comes in two main varieties, unaged, sometimes called prata (silver) or branca (white); this cachaça is bottled immediately after distillation, it has a sharper flavour and is the cheaper of the two varieties, most often being used for cocktails. The second variety is aged cachaça, known as amarela (yellow), or ouro (gold) this cachaça is aged in wooden barrels anywhere between 3 and 15 years to give it a richer more complex flavour profile, due to the laborious ageing process, gold cachaça tends to be more expensive and is generally reserved for enjoying on its own or with ice.

We recommend Abelha cachaça for our Bikini Martini, this organically produced cachaça is an ethically sourced, small batch product, and unlike some cachaças, even their silver (or prata) variety is rested for 6 months before being bottled, which gives it a rich and floral flavour profile.

Ingredients

  • 35ml Cachaça
  • 15ml Limoncello
  • 15ml Passion Fruit Puree
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • ½ A Passion Fruit
  • Cocktail Cherry to Garnish

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Fine Strainer
  • Martini Glass
  • Cubed Ice
Method
  • Chill your Martini in the freezer or by filling it with ice and cold water
  • Take your Boston glass or small tin
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the cachaça, limoncello and passion fruit puree to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lemon juice and add to your shaker
  • Use your bar spoon to scoop the seeds and flesh of half a passion fruit into your shaker
  • Use your bar spoon to measure 10ml (2 spoonfuls) of sugar syrup into your shaker
  • Fill your Boston glass or tin with cubed ice and seal
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Empty your Martini glass of any ice and water if necessary
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain the cocktail into your chilled Martini glass
  • Garnish with a cocktail cherry on a stick
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.

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