We’ve accepted the fact that fall is here and are ready to cozy up with warm sweaters and festive cocktails. But we aren’t suggesting you only sip Irish coffees for the next three months. This season brings a new roster of autumn-appropriate cocktails for your sipping pleasure.
This drink’s wonder-ingredient is Spicy Pumpkin Infused Vodka which takes a bit of time but is well worth the effort. The great news is that once you’ve made a batch you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor with this season-worthy martini. You can also include the recipe with a beautifully packaged bottle of the infused vodka as a hostess gift as you enter into this party season. Either way, ENJOY!
GIDGET’S PUMPKIN MARTINI
Anything pumpkin makes us happy this time of year, so we wanted to create a cocktail that was the best of these flavors without being overly sweet.
TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker, strainer, 2 small plates GLASS :: Martini or Coupe EXTRAS :: Granulated sugar with Pumpkin Pie Spice for glass rim SERVINGS :: 2 cocktails
INGREDIENTS :: 4 oz. Pumpkin Spice Vodka Infusion 2 oz. Captain Morgans Original Spiced Rum (dark)
1 oz. Disaronno liqueur
1 oz. Christian Brothers Honey Brandy
1 oz. Half and Half
2 heaping teaspoons of Pumpkin Butter
HOW TO MAKE IT :: On a small plate, mix together three teaspoons of granulated sugar and three shakes of pumpkin spice. On second small plate add five tablespoons water. Dip glass rims into water briefly then dip into sugar mixture to rim glasses in pumpkin sugar. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and use a fine wire strainer to double strain the mixture into cocktail glasses.
Sometimes nothing beats an ice cold beer served in a chilled glass. Pumpkin Ales are original American style ales that are often released as seasonal fall beers by many breweries. There’s no doubt that fall is the season for pumpkin flavors and we’re thrilled to bring you a drink that turns the tastes of the season into a delicious shandy. Traditionally made with lemon and beer, this fantastic twist on the classic shandy was designed by Kyle Ford, Cointreau’s master mixologist. You’ll love how the citrus flavor plays so well with the spicy pumpkin ale.
For other Pumpkin Ale inspired cocktails, check out the article I wrote for TheGoodStufffor some recipes.
TOOLS :: Cocktail shaker, strainer GLASS :: Old Fashioned/Highball EXTRAS ::thin slice of orange + fresh grated nutmeg for garnish SERVINGS ::2 cocktails INGREDIENTS ::
2 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 heaping spoonfuls of Pumpkin Butter (we love Trader Joe’s version)
8-10 oz. Pumpkin Ale
DIRECTIONS :: In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add Cointreau, lemon juice and Pumpkin Butter. Shake well and use a fine wire strainer to double strain the mixture evenly between two cocktail glasses. Top each with beer. Stir to combine and garnish with orange slice and grated nutmeg.