There are three species of boobies – a type of large seabird – in Galapagos: Nazca, Blue-Footed and Red-Footed. All three are gorgeous birds, but the Blue and Red-Footed varieties seem particularly special due to their unusually colored feet. After all, how often is it that you see a bird with blue feet?
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have a chance to see the Red Footed Boobies in person on this trip (I had to save something for the next go-round!), but I was able to sample a Booby-inspired drink from the ship’s excellent bartender. The Red Footed Booby Martini is tropical tasting and easy to drink, with a pool of bright red grenadine at the bottom of the glass that gives the drink its name.
Red Footed Booby Martini
2-oz. pineapple juice (pref. fresh)
1-2 tsp grenadine
optional: cherry, for garnish
In a shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, cointreau and pineapple juice. Shake well, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Carefully pour in grenadine so that it pools at the botton of the glass making a red “foot.”
Skewer cherry with a toothpick and set on the rim of the glass to serve.