Mele Kalikimaka Holiday Martinis

I have fond memories of childhood family gatherings at the holidays filled with merriment and delicious drinks. It’s come to my attention that I haven’t focused on sharing drink recipes, so I’m trying to correct my bad behavior with this morning’s post.

We woke up a little late today and I immediately jumped onto my laptop to begin work. I have a few articles to write and started working through my to-do list. I saved this drink post as my last article since I was looking forward to it the most.

Last week, I received SKYY Infusion vodka samples and have been anxious to try them. The SKYY Infusions are filled with delicious fruit flavors like citrus, raspberry, and pineapple. Each one came with a recipe and I found myself drawn to the Mele Kalikimaka Martini featuring pineapple infused vodka.

SKYY Vodka Infusions Review

Finally, the time came this morning to begin writing about the Mele Kalikimaka Martini, so I set to work making it. I filled the martini shaker with ice, vodka, eggnog, and freshly grated spices. I shook and shook, then poured two martini glasses full.

Then, it hit me.

I glanced at the clock and realized it was only 11am. Martinis for breakfast?

Fortunately, I can justify almost anything, including early morning cocktails. The martini contains eggnog which is filled with eggs and dairy. I mean, it’s basically breakfast in a glass, right? I served it with grapefruit in order to convince myself that it wasn’t too early to begin having cocktails.

Pineapple Brunch Cocktails

Mele Kalikimaka Martini
recipe courtesy of SKYY Vodka

1.5 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
3 oz. Eggnog
Splash of Coconut Cream or Coconut Milk
Nutmeg
Cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Top with sprinkling of nutmeg and cinnamon and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Can I just say how delicious these martinis are? I wasn’t expecting to enjoy them as much as I did. The eggnog brings a creamy, richness to the lightly fruity drink. Mele Kalikimaka Martinis are dangerous since they are seductively light.

I loved that the martinis are also quick and easy to make, with only a few ingredients. We already had eggnog in the fridge and I always have coconut milk in the cupboard. SKYY also offers many other cocktail recipes online.

It’s now afternoon and my cocktails are all gone. BUT, I still have two more vodka flavors to try ;-)

Thank you to SKYY Vodka who provided these free samples so that I might review these new flavors. The opinions expressed are my own and I have no further connection with this company.

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  • Erin December 11, 2009, 2:51 pm

    I adore the justification for before noon martini drinking. You’re my hero!

  • Hélène December 11, 2009, 5:31 pm

    I should try this cocktail. Looks yummy. I have never tried SKYY Infusions Pineapple.

  • Diane December 11, 2009, 10:25 pm

    Sounds yummy! We’re going to try to find the ingredients next week in Hawaii :-)

  • bellini valli December 12, 2009, 5:47 am

    I realoly like this twist on a martini…even for breakfast.

  • kat December 12, 2009, 9:28 am

    I’m just imagining you sitting around having cocktails at 11am, such a glamorous life!

  • Hänni December 12, 2009, 2:03 pm

    Wonderful post, Allen! I would totally have this for breakfast–it’s just an alcoholic smoothie after all … right?

  • heidileon December 12, 2009, 9:50 pm

    not a fan of eggnog but who can say no to a vodka martini?

  • Alpha Cook (Nat) December 14, 2009, 2:23 pm

    No excuses are needed for morning cocktails, but I suppose if you really needed one you could always throw down the brunch card. I’m curious about the pineapple and eggnog combo…

  • susan from food blogga December 14, 2009, 5:25 pm

    Breakfast martinis? I think I love you.

  • Cynthia December 25, 2009, 8:41 am

    Happy Holidays!

  • janelle December 25, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Lol, works for me. Same argument for chocolate cake: eggs, flour, chocolate (which by the way really IS good for you). Nice pics!

  • Karine December 29, 2009, 6:49 pm

    Great cocktails! Very festive.

    Happy New Year!

  • Koek! January 6, 2010, 5:57 am

    It’s a little warm in SA to try this, but I’ve definitely ear-marked it for winter!

  • Simply Life January 6, 2010, 6:48 pm

    wow that sounds great!

  • Manggy January 8, 2010, 1:47 am

    Cocktail time! ;)
    Happy new year Allen! xoxo

  • Mark Scarbrough January 19, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I laughed out loud when I saw a post on “early morning martinis” followed by something about remembering fondly holidays with family! Well, shoot, I would have remembered them fondly too if we’d had these around. They’re just lovely.

  • Nicole, RD January 20, 2010, 9:14 am

    SAVE! This will be a weekend delight! Right up my alley with that splash of coconut milk! Yum!

  • C. January 20, 2010, 12:16 pm

    Can you say alcoholic?

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