Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Martini


It's September which means it's pumpkin season and don't even try to argue that I need to wait until September 21st because I WILL NOT!

I'm not sure when exactly it became a crime to love pumpkin flavored everything, but all I know is if that's so wrong I do not want to be right. Fall is my favorite time of the year and this Pumpkin Pie Martini is further proof of it's seasonal greatness!

My mom, fully supporting my pumpkin addiction, found a bottle of pumpkin vodka that is the perfect autumn addition to my bar cart. It is also exactly what I needed to create this wonderful pumpkin cocktail, which will be on repeat for the foreseeable future.

Since pumpkin and cinnamon go so well together, Rumchata seemed like the perfect addition to this martini. Creamy, sweet, and smooth. Of course, any pumpkin pie martini needs a little spice and this one is lucky enough to include a wonderful homemade ginger simple syrup. Making your own syrups can really change the world of cocktails at home. See Blackberry Mint Juleps for reference.

If you, like me, were first in line at Starbucks on September 1st fully prepared to order a pumpkin spice latte and if you, like me, are willing to try nearly any product that they make into a "pumpkin" version, then you most definitely need to whip up a batch of my pumpkin pie martinis! Cheers to thirsty Thursday!

Here's what you need for Pumpkin Pie Martini* (Print Recipe!)

for the ginger syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled

for one martini
2 parts pumpkin vodka or liqueur
1 part vanilla vodka
1 part Rumchata
1/2 part ginger syrup
cinnamon sticks and freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Here's what you do

for the ginger syrup
In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and ginger root. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and cool completely. Remove the ginger and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.

for the martinis
Add ice to a cocktail shaker along with all the martini ingredients. Shake vigorously to chill the martini. Pour into a glass, stir with a cinnamon stick and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top for garnish. Enjoy immediately.

*Gas Stove Girl Original Recipe

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