What Inspired the Recipe
Signature drinks are just plain fun! Yes, nowadays the idea of signature drinks may incite visions of wedding inspired Mules, but signature drinks are no new kid on the block. Think toasting with Champagne on New Year’s Eve, making mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby, raising a large beer stein to toast Oktoberfest, or enjoying a salt-rimmed Margarita on Cinco de mayo. One might start to wonder; are we drinking because of the occasion, or are we inventing occasions so we can drink? I’ll let you decide. Nevertheless, when Cody proposed that we try our hand at making the signature drink of the Masters Golf Tournament, The Azalea, I required little convincing. My professional opinion? The Azalea is a light, refreshing and tastefully balanced cocktail you must try! And I can only imagine this gem captures the essence of the iconic Masters tournament and the beautiful, awe-inspiring 13th hole at Augusta National, also appropriately named, the Azalea.
The Azalea Cocktail
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When Life Give You Lemons
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade - that is unless it’s early April in Augusta, Georgia, and you’re into golf. In this case, when life gives you lemons, I’d recommend making The Azalea cocktail, the ‘unofficial’ signature cocktail of the Masters Golf Tournament. Lemon juice, pineapple juice, gin (or vodka), and grenadine. It’s a light, refreshing and tastefully balanced cocktail. Even if you’re not much into golf, this is a light and refreshing cocktail perfect for sipping on those sunshine, blue sky kind of spring and summer days.
I will admit, I had to do a little research on the Masters and Azaleas prior to writing this post. In my sleuthing, I learned that Augusta National Golf Club has more than 30 varieties of Azaleas around the course. And the 13th hole, named Azalea, contains more than one thousand azaleas from tee to green! Yes, you read that correctly - over one thousand azaleas! I'd say the name is rather fitting. I also learned that azaleas come in colors ranging from white to pink, purple, and even multicolored. Although this drink has a more subtle pink hue, it's a beautiful nod to the gorgeous flowers in bloom during the Masters.
Do Not Eat the Azaleas
One crucial note is that azaleas are highly toxic if ingested so please do not use them for a garnish, as tempting as it might be! Opt for the lemon wedge or lemon wheel instead.
Shaken, not Stirred
Although it may seem like a dealer's choice type of scenario, some cocktails are best prepared with a shake (or a few) while others are best stirred. Here's the secret, cocktails containing one of the following: dairy, cream liqueurs, fruit juices, eggs, or sour mix should be shaken. In this case, the lemon juice and pineapple juice tell us the Azalea is in need of a good shake. Shaking cocktails will also help the drink reach a cooler temperature than if it had been stirred. I recommend making sure your shaker lid is secured tightly and you have a firm grip on the shaker itself. Fancy bartender tricks and shaker flips are completely optional.
Preparing The Azalea Cocktail
To prepare the Azalea Cocktail, drop a handful of quality ice into a cocktail shaker. Add gin, pineapple juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and grenadine into shaker. Cover and shake aggressively for about 10-seconds. Pop off shaker top and pour through a strainer into a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon wedge and enjoy! It really is that simple! You can also make the Azalea ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to drink!
The Azalea Cocktail
A light and refreshing signature cocktail perfect for sipping during the Masters golf tournament or enjoying on a sunshine, blue sky kind of Spring or Summer Day!
- 1.5 oz Gin
- 2 oz Pineapple juice
- 1 oz Lemon juice
- 1 tsp Grenadine
- Lemon wheel to garnish
*Substitute Gin for Vodka if desired
1. Drop a handful of quality ice into a cocktail shaker.
2. Add gin, pineapple juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and grenadine into shaker.
3. Cover with lid and shake aggressively for about 10-seconds.
4. Pop off the shaker top and pour through a strainer into a rocks glass.
5. Garnish with a lemon wedge and enjoy!