Ube-tini Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:10%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Ube-tini is a modern cocktail that takes inspiration from the traditional Filipino dessert, Ube Halaya. It's a perfect blend of East meets West, combining the sweet, earthy flavor of Ube (purple yam) with the sophistication of a martini. Ideal for those who enjoy unique, dessert-like cocktails with a cultural twist.

How Ube-tini Tastes?

The Ube-tini is a sweet, creamy cocktail with a hint of earthiness from the Ube. It has a velvety texture and a unique purple hue that adds to its appeal.

Interesting facts about Ube-tini

  • The Ube-tini is a twist on the classic martini, using Ube as a primary flavor.
  • Ube is a purple yam native to the Philippines and is a popular ingredient in many Filipino desserts.
  • The vibrant purple color of the Ube-tini makes it a visually appealing cocktail.


  • Ube jam: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Vodka: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Coconut cream: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Condensed milk: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Ice: As needed
  • Purple yam stick: 1 (for garnish)

A few good options for Ube-tini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Ube Jam

  • Why 2oz?: The ube jam is the star ingredient; 2oz delivers its vibrant color and sweet, earthy flavor without overwhelming the drink. Too much and you're in a sugary swamp; too little and the ube whispers goodbye.

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  • Why 1.5oz?: Vodka provides the alcoholic backbone, elevating the ube flavor without adding its own taste. If you skimp on vodka, you're just having a dessert; too much and your cocktail is now a Russian spy. Substituting with a light rum can add a subtle sweetness.

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Coconut Cream

  • Why 1oz?: It bolsters the tropical profile and adds creaminess. Ditch it and your Ube-tini becomes a skinny dip in a cold pool—brace yourself. Swap with heavy cream for a less coconutty but richer texture.

Mary Mitkina

Condensed Milk

  • Why 0.5oz?: Just enough to sweeten and smooth the edges. Forget this and you might feel the spirit of the drink left on read. A splash of simple syrup could be used for a less creamy sweetness.

Alex Green


  • As needed: It chills and dilutes the cocktail to perfection. Without ice, you're playing hot potato with your Ube-tini. And nobody wants that!

Emma Rose

Purple Yam Stick

  • For garnish: Aside from the dash of sophistication, it introduces an authentic ube element. Omit and your cocktail goes incognito—a fancy drink should dress the part. No yam? A small sprinkle of ube powder will do the trick for the garnish.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Ube-tini Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Ube jam, vodka, coconut cream, and condensed milk.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well mixed.
  3. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass.
  4. Garnish with a stick of purple yam. We recommend using these

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Chill the martini glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Asian Fusion Appetizers: The sweet and creamy nature of the Ube-tini makes it a delightful companion to savory bites such as pork dumplings, spring rolls, or sushi that can contrast the cocktail's richness.

  • Desserts: Pair with desserts like mochi ice cream, particularly in flavors like vanilla or coconut, to complement the sweet ube and coconut notes in the drink.

  • Cheese Platter: Choose a selection of mild cheeses such as brie or camembert to go well with the cocktail's sweetness without overpowering the delicate ube flavor.

Drink Pairings

  • Chilled Green Tea: As a non-alcoholic option, chilled green tea provides a refreshing and slightly bitter contrast to the Ube-tini's sweetness.

  • Sparkling Water: A glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lime can cleanse the palate between sips of the rich and creamy Ube-tini.

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What you could change in Ube-tini

If Ube jam is not available, you can substitute it with Ube extract mixed with a bit of sweetener. You can also replace the vodka with rum for a different flavor profile.

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Ube Espresso-tini

Replace 0.5oz of vodka with espresso. The caffeine kick and bitterness complement the sweetness of ube and coconut, making it a perfect after-dinner cocktail. It's like your Ube-tini just pulled an all-nighter.

Spicy Ube-tini

Infuse the vodka with a small piece of chili before mixing. The heat from the chili adds a surprising kick that balances the sweetness. Your Ube-tini just got a spicy promotion.

Ube Matcha-tini

Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder with the other ingredients. The earthy flavors of matcha combine with ube to create a visually stunning and palate-pleasing cocktail. Merging Japanese tradition with Filipino flair, your Ube-tini now has a green thumb.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ube-tini

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ube-tini

What is the origin of the Ube-tini?

The Ube-tini is essentially a martini with a Filipino twist. It originated in bars in Manila where it was first introduced to cater to the cocktail-sipping crowd who appreciated a tropically-inspired, unique local flavor.

Who would enjoy an Ube-tini?

The Ube-tini is ideal for people who enjoy sweet, dessert-like cocktails. Its blend of tropical flavors and the traditional martini base makes it a perfect choice for those looking for an adventurous flavorful experience.

What is the best time to enjoy an Ube-tini?

The Ube-tini is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed at any time. However, due to its sweet and desert-like nature, it is a popular choice for after-dinner drinks or at festive occasions.

What type of glass is best for serving an Ube-tini?

As the name suggests, Ube-tini is best served in a martini glass to enhance its sophisticated appeal.

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