Cocktail Recipe

"The Arch" at Siena

Take a sip of springtime sunshine in East Greenwich

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If you can't wait for the warm, spring weather to be here in full throttle, "The Arch" served at Siena, is essentially sunshine with a buzz. A modern take on tiki, it’s made with fresh pineapple-steeped vodka, basil and elderflower liqueur.

According to the drink’s creator, Sarah Pumple, the drink’s namesake is Federal Hill’s iconic arch – although in a roundabout way. “Everybody thinks what’s in the middle is a pineapple,” Rumple, told me. “And it does look like one. But it’s a pinecone! Go figure.”

To DIY the vodka, put pineapple chunks (not from a can, for the love of Moses) in a clean jar, and add high-proof vodka. Seal and steep for one week. Strain and store for weeks or even months, to get you through to spring.

THE ARCH

  • 3.5-4 oz pineapple-infused vodka (homemade preferable)
  • 3-4 basil leaves 
  • Splash of elderflower liqueur
  • Splash of simple syrup
  • Ice


Place a small amount of ice and the basil in a cocktail shaker or large glass. Muddle until the leaves become fragrant – but not mashed. Add the other ingredients, then shake like the dickens. You want a little froth in the end. Strain into a chilled glass.

Siena
Locations in Providence, Smithfield and East Greenwich