If you’re like me, one of your favorite parts of Fall is all the pumpkin goodness that starts popping up around this time of year, including the ever-so-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte.
In this martini I combine Pumpkin Pie Vodka with Coffee Liquor for a martini that is sure to give you that boost you love from a latte with a little kick from the vodka!
Ingredients (makes 1 martini)
- 2 shots pumpkin pie vodka
- 2 shots coffee liqueur
- dash ground ginger
- dash cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well.
Strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers and serve with cinnamon stick to garnish.
This is the perfect after-dinner drink for a cool fall night or sipping cocktail at a Halloween party!
I would like to take this time to make a confession to all of you… I am OBSESSED with ALL THINGS PUMPKIN!!! I mean this is a serious obsession. Nothing puts me in the fall mood more than the taste, the smell and the site of anything pumpkin related. From the most amazing drink Starbucks has ever created… yeah, you know what I’m talking about, the one and only PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE!!!
To the oh so delicious addition to the fall menu at one of my favorite spots, Jamba Juice’s Pumpkin Smash!
And obviously by now you have all read and re-created my delicious Pumpkin Cupcake recipe!
And don’t even get me started on Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Munchkins… or the fact that there is NO Dunkin Donuts in California!!
Now if for some reason you are just plain crazy and don’t like to eat pumpkin, there are still many other fun pumpkin activities for you weirdo’s 😉 Such as the ever popular, pumpkin carving! Now this is fun when you have children (or when you are a child), but what if you’re a grown up that still thinks they’re a child, but doesn’t have a child?!? Do what I did three years ago and throw a “Pumpkin Carving Party”!! By far, one of my best parties ever (and I throw really good parties 🙂 ). Everyone brings a pumpkin and a bottle of wine or their favorite fall beer (Mine is Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale… of course it is… I told you I was obsessed with all things pumpkin!!), but many Oktoberfest’s or Harvest Ales are very popular as well. Now I know what you’re thinking… probably not the smartest thing to be drinking while using a very sharp object to carve a pumpkin… and you’re probably right! This could happen…
The key is to carve first, drink after, but if you do combine the two, the results of the pumpkins can be very entertaining!!
I bought funny party gifts as prizes for the best pumpkins, just a little more motivation for everyone to get very creative!
Now, this year I started my quest for the perfect pumpkin by purchasing my first little guy of the season at a roadside stand in the mountains of Colorado with the fam! While I don’t plan on carving this little guy, I do plan to buy a larger pumpkin that I don’t have to carry on to a plane to carve at this years “Pumpkin Carving Party”!
Happy Pumpkin Season Everyone!!