Enjoy martinis? If so, consider making this fun and unique Madeira Martini with fresh pineapple juice. It’s great for a before dinner cocktail, or even after a meal as a pleasing dessert.
Background and History
Madeira wine is one of the oldest wines in the world. Originating from the island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal, Madeira is generally made with one of five grape varietals: Tinta Negra, Malvasia, Bual, Verdelho and Sercial. It is a fortified wine with an alcohol level ranging from 17% to 19%, and can be very sweet, semi-sweet, or dry.
Madeira was created when it was transported on sailing vessels are early as the 1400’s to ports around the world. To preserve the wine, alcohol was added to it, and on the ship the wine was exposed to hot temperatures and sloshed around in the barrel. This created a nutty burnt caramel taste, which makes Madeira taste so delightful and also makes it nearly indestructible because it is already oxidized.
Madeira was a favorite of Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, and many other famous people. Today it is less well known, but deserves to come back into fashion as one of the world’s most historic and amazing wines.
2 ounces of Sweet Madeira wine
2 ounces of fresh Pineapple juice
Pineapple wedge for garnish
Prepare fresh pineapple juice. Pour 2 ounces of juice and 2 ounces of sweet Madeira into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and let sit at least 2 minutes to chill. Pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge. Sip slowly and enjoy!