Today I am here to share a super delicious cocktail, a Pineapple Cinnamon Margarita, but first you will have to listen to my rambling story about how it was made and what it makes me think of when I drink it. Skip to the bottom for the recipe if that's how you roll.
Most of my friends couldn't believe I had never been to New York City. I finally had the chance to visit October 2013, with my brother, D, in a whirlwind, one day trip. We took the train from Philly, where he lives, and left late that evening. We walked the High Line, ate pizza in the Village, took the subway to Central Park and gawked at Times Square. We ended the night in a terrible/wonderful quintessential New York Italian restaurant. It was awesome.
|November 2014, freezing at Battery Park.|
And we loved it. We walked the High Line, froze in Central Park, walked down Fifth Avenue and gawked at the Christmas decor. We went to dive bars in the Village and spotted Ethan Hawke (it was like a dream guys, seriously. Do you know how much I love the Before trilogy? I saw Jesse!), ate at Momofuku and saw David Chang in the window, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge on an unseasonably warm day.
|February 2015, The Citizen M Lobby.|
|More Citizen M, courtyard.|
|The beloved Rooftop Bar.|
Each time I drink it, it brings me back to the magic of New York. The pineapple is sweet and the cinnamon is warm and cozy, with the sharp hit of the tequila always in the background. It is actually a great year round drink, in the winter, the cinnamon has a cozy, holiday taste, in the summer, the pineapple brings out the tropical, Tiki spirit. This is a drink that requires preparation, but it is incredibly easy. Cinnamon Simple Syrup must be made in advance, but I do my regular one part sugar, two parts water formula and simply throw in a couple cinnamon sticks. By the time it is cool and ready to be jarred, the cinnamon has infused wonderfully. Everything else is a pretty typical margarita, with pineapple in addition to the ever important lime juice.
Pineapple Cinnamon Margarita
1.5 oz Tequila (I have used Blanco and Gold, either is fine
I think I slightly prefer the darker in this margarita)
.5 oz Orange Liqueur
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Cinnamon Simple Syrup
1 Lime, Juiced
Shake it and serve on the rocks! Garnish with pineapple.
Drink it and dream of New York.