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Halloween is just a couple days away, and while it seems as though many Halloween celebrations took place over this past weekend, the actual holiday is not over yet! Whether you’re staying in and watching scary movies, having a party, or not celebrating at all, it is always the right time for a cocktail.


  • 1 part Absolut® Vanilia
  • 1 part Hiram Walker® Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle with pinch of cinnamon.

Happy Halloweening!


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Fall Inspiration for Halloween Cocktails

The Nutty Pumpkin Martini rocks with fall flavors such as pumpkin, hazelnut, nutmeg and vanilla.

Good news! I’ve got your last minute offerings for the Halloween party-goer assigned to bring the spirits (the pun, sadly, was very much intended, ha!).

Pumpkin continues to be in demand, particularly for this holiday weekend, and I have several other suggestions of variations and recipes to try for the Perfect Pumpkin Martini.

Pictured is the Nutty Pumpkin Martini, a tasty delight perfect for the fan of cream-based cocktails. But this drink has so many warming flavors, derived from the other ingredients and liqueurs thrown into the mix.   Take a look at the recipe yourself:

Nutty Pumpkin Martini:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with your choice of a little whipped cream or grated nutmeg (if you’re  not a huge w/c fan like me).

If you’re possibly sick of Pumpkin already (gasp! Did you start on those Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes a bit too early?), here’s another earthy fall flavor to snuggle up with – port wine.

Oh yes. A ruby port such as Sandeman Founder’s Reserve actually makes for a wonderful, although probably unbeknownst, ingredient in a fall cocktail recipe. Of the many suggested methods for creating cocktails on their Facebook page, the Diavlo to me looks to be a cocktail worthy to make an appearance at a Halloween party. I’ll let you know how it turns out this weekend!

Have another recipe inspired by fall to share?  Feel free to share your recipe with Hiram Walker by entering the Fall Cocktail segment of The Quest, the brand’s search for the country’s most creative original cocktail recipes. You have until Halloween itself to submit your recipe for a chance to win an Apple iPad!

Wishing you a fun and festive Halloween!

Edit 10/28/11: Another great pumpkin cocktail recipe has come my way, the ABSOLUT 100 Pumpkin Martini. For an extra dose of pumpkin, check out this and the other recipes as featured on Liquor.com.

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Last time I checked…

Folks, my sincerest apologies for the large delay in my posting this month. But when I say it’s been quite a busy month, I hope you’ll understand.

So back to the theme of the post: the last time I checked, Cocktail Culture’s focus during the months of September and October has been geared towards transitioning your home bars from the flavors of summer to autumn. Leading the pack in the conversation around fall favorites is pumpkin, which will dutifully receive another mention today as we head full steam ahead into Halloween.

Ah, understated elegance. A Pumpkin Martini with ABSOLUT Vodka and Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice.

Pumpkin cocktails are to die for (yes, pun was very much intended, I couldn’t help it!) and I know that following my runner-up Autumn in New England cocktail, I’ll be asked to bring Hiram Walker’s Pumpkin Spice liqueur to the Halloween parties this weekend. But goodness knows I can’t bring the same drink; plus, many of my friends have already tried the illustrious cocktail I experimented with.

What to drink? What to drink?

I could try another variant of the Autumn in New England and serve up an icy Pumpkin Chai (perfect for my social media marketing partner in crime). There’s also the Nutty Pumpkin Martini, incorporating the sweet flavors of pumpkin, caramel, and hazelnut.

What other drinks do you plan to stir up for Halloween? Perhaps even those moving outside of the realm of pumpkin? I’ll be sure to provide some of those suggestions tomorrow. In the meantime, go put those finishing (or, in my case, starting) touches on those Halloween costumes.


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