Or the stars are simply continually refusing to align?
Have you ever just had a bad day?
Well, that is a rhetorical question, because of course you have. It’s unfortunately apart of life. It even starts at a young age, because if you are in your two’s you are continuously having a terrible day (although I am sure if you are a two year old you aren’t reading this blog. Spoiler alert in case you are a baby genius – It’s all downhill from there).
I hate those days. You wake up fine… or maybe you don’t. But, either way, there is a moment when you just KNOW it is going to be a bad day. Or in my situation, an endless series of bad days. My list is too extensive, and I won’t bore you with details, but let’s just say I am having a Groundhog Day moment.
I can’t seem to shake the funk. Not to be confused with faking the funk. Let’s be real. I CAN fake the funk. 😉
This cocktail may not make your day better. And, this libation certainly won’t make that annoying person, task or thing poof into thin air… but, it certainly will put a smile on your face. Or at least put a small skip (or wobble, depending on how many of these you drink) in your step.
These martinis taste like a boozy, bodacious pumpkin pie. This cocktail is smooth, creamy, sweet and rich with nuances of pumpkin and cinnamon. Essentially it is the dessert portion of Thanksgiving in a chilled glass, minus the hours of slaving away in a kitchen.
Confession time, I have never been a fan of pumpkin pie. It’s a little too goopy for my taste, but this pumpkin pie martini? I could, and did, totally get down with this cocktail.
Besides, no offense to the pie, I happen to think this martini is prettier too! I mean, just look at that graham cracker-cinnamon-sugar coated rim, the slight dusting of nutmeg and the stick of cinnamon acting as a stirrer. Does pumpkin pie have that? Um, no.
And if you want to get all fancy-dancy with it, I suggest you add a huge dollop of whipped cream. Because life is made sweeter with whipped cream. Fact.
So whether or not you are having a bad day and like or loath pumpkin pie, you need to shake together this pumpkin pie martini. The season calls for it and you, my friend, deserve it! 😉 Until next time, Cheers – to sippin’ on somethin’ scrumptious.
*Disclosure: I received free bottles of various flavored Vodka from my friends over at Pearl for my own personal tasting. I loved their new flavors of Vodka so much I freely chose to develop a drink with it. For more flavors and great recipes check out their website here.
- 2 Oz. Pumpkin Spice Vodka
- 1 Oz. Dark Rum
- ½ Oz. Half and Half
- 2 TBS Pumpkin Puree (canned or homemade)
- 1 Oz. Maple Syrup
- ¼ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 3 Ice Cubes
- Maple Syrup
- 1 Graham Cracker
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 TBS Granulated Sugar
- Cinnamon Stick
- For the Garnish: Crush graham cracker in a Ziploc bag, or food processor, or food processor until it resembles sand. Stir in the cinnamon and sugar. Line the rim of a martini glass with maple syrup (I used a thick napkin to apply syrup). Dip/roll in the cracker mix. Set aside.
- For the Martini: In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice and remaining cocktail ingredients. Shake vigorously until shaker chilled to the touch.
- Strain and pour cocktail into the prepared martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Enjoy!