Pumpkin Pie-tini: Thanksgiving Perfection In A Rimmed Glass

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One of my best friends named Lou sent along this recipe to me recently. As he rattled off the ingredients, one by one, my eyes got bigger and bigger, my mouth watered  with every syllable uttered. In the Great Quest For Fall Cocktails, this one hits the bulls eye with deadly accuracy. Pumpkin Pie flavored vodka is the base, further bolstered by pumpkin spice liquor and the smallest splash of triple sec. The cocktail's body comes from freshly pressed apple cider; please use freshly pressed if you can find it -- it will make a massive difference here! Shaken, not stirred, the concoction is poured into a chilled martini glass rimmed with crushed graham cracker, sugar and cinnamon. The spicy cinnamon tickles your nose as you bring the drink up to your mouth, and as you sip you'll be pleasantly surprised at the brightness in flavor.

It's light and super refreshing, not at all heavy and syrupy. Its absolutely stunning orange color glows -- there's no other way to describe it -- making it so festive and fun. This is perfect to serve at the beginning or end of your fall celebrations. Some spiced mixed nuts with cayenne pepper and fresh rosemary would pair outstandingly with the cocktail, or some savory cheese puffs flavored with smoked cheese would go perfectly. Make this in pitchers and keep in the fridge, then pre-chill and rim the glasses so guests to serve as they arrive at your house.

Everything wonderful about late fall is in this drink. I know you'll enjoy as much I do. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie-tini
2 parts pumpkin pie flavored vodka (recommend: Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka)
1 part pumpkin liquor (recommend: Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor)
1 small splash triple sec or other orange-flavored liquor
freshly pressed apple cider
graham crackers
ground cinnamon
sugar in the raw
chilled martini glasses

First prepare the graham cracker mixture. Take about 4-6 graham crackers and place in a food processor. Pulse until well ground but still slightly course. Turn out into a mixing bowl, and add the cinnamon and sugar to taste. I used about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tsp of the sugar, but go ahead and use how much or little you like.

To prepare the cocktail, place ice in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, pumpkin liquor, triple sec. Add the apple cider to your taste. Add lid and shake until well chilled and mixed.

To prepare the cocktail, pour out some of the graham cracker mixture onto a plate or shallow bowl. Pour some of the triple sec into a separate bowl. Take a martini glass and dip the top of the glass into the triple sec, around the rim. Pick up and shake off any excess, then quickly dip it into the graham cracker mixture. You'll see the mixture will adhere quite easily wherever you have the triple sec. Turn over and gently pour the cocktail into the glass from the shaker, careful not to touch the rim. Serve immediately.

These are best served quite chilled.

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