Got Pumpkin? Make martinis! October 1 signals the beginning of the fall harvest of foods, and one of my favorite times of year is fast approaching . . . the entire holiday season! What better way to kick it off, and welcome this changing season, than with a unique and fall-inspired martini? Use your culinary imagination here; coat the rim with a mix of sugar and cinnamon (after you rub the rim with lemon), drizzle the martini glass with chocolate before you pour in the creamy pumpkin concoction, use a cinnamon stick as a swizzle stirrer, skewer frozen sugared cranberries and lay them across the top when serving, or sprinkle on a dash of pumpkin pie spice to the finished libation – the possibilities are endless, as is my imagination today! Try the base recipe and play with your drinks as I do. The recipe calls for pumpkin pie filling (different than pumpkin puree normally used to make pumpkin pies) which already contains the spices you would usually add to pumpkin puree to make pie filling – so be sure not to confuse the two or your martini will lack pizzazz and flavor; and any extras can be tossed into a Ziploc and into the freezer, for safekeeping (and more martinis)! Kick off the celebration of the coming holiday season with me – bottoms up!
1 ounce, fluid, heavy whipping cream
2 tbl. pumpkin pie filling
3 ounces, fluid, Vanilla Vodka
1 1/2 ounces, fluid, Creme De Cocoa
Dash of nutmeg and cinnamon
Cinnamon stick, garnish (or anything I mentioned above!)
Chill your martini glass (always), either in the freezer or by filling it with ice. Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice, and add all of the ingredients. Shake the heck out of it; remove the ice from the martini glass and pour the shaker contents into the cooled glass. Garnish to your heart’s desire (my preferred method is a dash of pumpkin pie spice and a dollop of whipped cream). Enjoy!