Hi there! I’m Christin, the gal behind the blog Blue Crab Martini where I dish up (mostly) healthy food, shake up creative cocktails, and give a glimpse into what life on the Chesapeake Bay is all about. I hope you stop by and visit me sometime! Today I’m so excited to be sharing this Pumpkin Pie Martini with you here on Just Us Four!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you know that it’s officially “pumpkin season”. Store shelves are lined with pumpkin-flavored-everything and fellow coffee aficionados have witnessed the highly anticipated return of the annual Pumpkin Spice Latte.
For this month’s cocktail contributor post I thought it would be fun to share a tasty seasonal drink featuring- you guessed it- pumpkin! I’ve seen plenty of pumpkin-themed drinks popping up on the menus of trendy restaurants around town, but none of them actually contain real pumpkin. What’s a pumpkin martini without real pumpkin?! That sounded like a problem I could solve!
This Pumpkin Pie Martini features several unexpected, but tasty ingredients (including pumpkin puree of course, yum)! I have to admit, this drink is the result of a happy accident- the first time I made it I intended to use regular vodka but instead, mistakenly reached for the Cinnabon flavored vodka. I didn’t realize what I’d done until everything was in the martini shaker, Not one to waste perfectly good vodka, I decided to give it a few good shakes and see what crazy concoction I’d made.
One sip and I knew that this “accident” was meant to be! The hint of sweet cinnamon gives this Pumpkin Pie Martini an authentic autumn flavor that I think regular vodka couldn’t deliver. The addition of real pumpkin lends a hint of pumpkiny flavor without being overwhelming. Smooth and creamy, this martini is the perfect drink to transition us from late summer into early fall.
I had so much fun sharing this drink with you today and I hope you’ll come back and check out my Halloween-themed post next month- it’s going to be spook-tacular! Cheers!
- 2 oz Cinnabon Vodka
- 2 oz Bailey’s with a Hint of Caramel
- 2 TBS Real pumpkin puree
- ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Cinnamon and sugar for rimming the glass (optional)
- Pumpkin flavored cookie for garnish (optional)
- In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients.
- Give it a few good shakes, making sure to combine all of the ingredients.
- Pour the drink mixture through a strainer into a glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.
- Garnish with a pumpkin cookie. Cheers!