I was flipping through a copy of Hartford Magazine in the Restaurant Review section where one of the more recently adopted topics is featuring a signature drink on a local restaurant cocktail menu. Upon opening the October issue, I was thrilled to see featured a Pumpkin Spice Martini served up at Abigail’s in Simsbury, Connecticut.
And that got me thinking. Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Spice, call it what you may, there seem to be a lot of tweaks and variations to the classic pumpkin martini using pumpkin liqueur. And why wouldn’t they?! The ease of having a sweet, all-natural pumpkin liqueur on hand such as Hiram Walker that also envelops flavors such as vanilla and cinnamon is beyond useful if you don’t have the time yourself to make your own pumpkin syrup (though I have found online that Fred offers a very handy recipe if you want to take a stab at it yourself!).
So what is your ideal recipe for a perfect Pumpkin Spice Martini? Here are a few examples:
As Abigail’s manager Frank Ruffalo shared in the Hartford Magazine (the article isn’t online but you can read other content from the current issue here), his recipe for a Pumpkin Spice martini is as follows:
- 1.5 oz Three Olives Vanilla Vodka
- 1.5 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 1.5 oz Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
- .5 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
Shake ingredients and strain into a martini glass rimmed with a mixture of crushed graham crackers, cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg.
Or there’s this one: Stephanie Kromat, a district manager for spirits and wine supplier Pernod Ricard, told Sauce Magazine early this year that equal parts of Kahlua, Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice and Half & Half was her ideal recipe for the perfect Pumpkin Pie Martini, served chilled in a martini glass rimmed with crushed graham cracker.
And personally, I have grown partial to this particular Pumpkin Pie recipe for the handful of times I may stir up one of these bad boys each year. The addition of the Butterscotch gives it a real nice caramel-y flavor.
Pumpkin Pie Martini:
- 1 part Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
- 1/2 part Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
- 1/2 part Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps
- 1/2 part Half & Half
Combine ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish and serve.
If you have a great Pumpkin Pie recipe to share, I’d love to see it shared here on the Cocktail Culture blog. Or, better yet, you can enter your recipe into the Hiram Walker fall cocktail contest of The Quest for a chance to win an Apple iPad – the contest is open to entries submitted before October 31.