I'll admit, I'm not impressed with the picture. I took it on Halloween (like the gummy worm?) and the lighting wasn't great. It seems like the last time we made these pumpkin martinis was at night and the lighting was bad, so...out comes the flash. Think of this martini lurking in a champagne glass shadow.
My daughter, Danielle, was telling me about these pumpkin martinis a co-worker had tried. It was Halloween and Danielle wanted to bake some cupcakes and enjoy a martini. (Like mother, like daughter.) She picked up the vanilla vodka and tried to find some pumpkin liquor. She ended up getting a Pumpkin Pie Creme Liquor, instead. So, it was off to the kitchen (or on Halloween, the laboratory) with our bar supplies.
Her list started with Kahlua, vanilla vodka, pumpkin liquor and cream. We decided that since the liquor was already creamy, we would eliminate the cream. Even though the mix called for Kahlua, I had some chocolate liquor (Godiva, to be exact) and decided we would try a different variation. We mixed our martinis with one having Kahlua, the other using the Godiva chocolate liquor.
I grabbed a small plate and mixed sugar and some pumpkin pie spice, dampened the glass rim and added the sugary mix. The first martini was Kahlua, vanilla vodka and pumpkin liquor. The second was chocolate liquor, vanilla vodka and pumpkin liquor. As much as I am a coffee and Kahlua fan, I liked the chocolate flavored martini better than the Kahlua martini. The martini was smooth and had a wonderful spicy vanilla finish.
Since I'm really not a big martini fan, this has definitely piqued my interest as a great winter cocktail. With holiday parties coming up quickly, try something surprisingly different at your next gathering!
1 measured shot of vanilla vodka (like Stoli Vanilla Vodka)
1 measured shot of chocolate liquor (like Godiva)
1 measured shot of Pumpkin Pie Creme Liquor
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
Mix sugar and pumpkin pie spice on a small plate. Dampen a martini glass rim and dip in the sugar mixture. (This will trim more than one glass.)
Place ice into a shaker and add the three measured shots, shake for 30 seconds and strain the martini into the glass.
Serve chilled...sip and enjoy!