As much as I love summer, I do enjoy keeping things seasonal when I cook. This is a smooth and silky autumn inspired creation brought to you by a skilled mixologist and cocktail concoctionist who I'm proud to call my friend. Raise a glass to Jodie Hanrahan and her Halloween-tini! (Thank you, Jodie for being September's guest mixologist!)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp sugar
2 cups Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla milk
2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 oz. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
2 oz. Di Saronno Amaretto
1. Make the Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup. In a small saucepan combine the water, brown sugar, and only 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice.
2. Stir and bring this to a boil. Don't walk away or you're going to have a sticky brown mess like you've never seen before. Just keep stirring and have patience. :)
3. Once it comes to a boil, let it cool to room temperature.
4. Prep the martini glass rims. This is all about presentation and truthfully adds extra flavor to each sip that you take. Mix together the remaining pumpkin pie spice, and sugar. Spread the sugar out on a small plate.
5. Pour 2 Tbsp of the Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup onto a separate small plate. Dip the rims of the glasses into the syrup. Then dip the rims of each glass into the sugar mixture on the other plate, gently turning each glass so the rims are coated in the spiced sugar mixture.
6. Prepare the drink in a small bowl. Yes, I said a small bowl - for now. There's a method to this madness. You really want to make sure that the following ingredients are combined well; hence, the bowl. Add the almond milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of the simple syrup. Whisk this until it's well-blended.
7. Add the amaretto and whipped vodka. Whisk again.
8. Place some ice in a cocktail shaker, add the pumpkin drink, shake, and strain into the sugar rimmed martini glasses.
If you want to garnish this martini, you can shake a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg on the top before serving.
You can substitute other "whipped" or whipped cream vodkas if you can't find Pinnacle. Same goes for Di Saronno Amaretto - other good amaretto liquors can be substituted.
Trust me, you want to use Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla milk - NOT regular milk. Regular milk won't produce the same smooth results in the martini and can curdle. You don't want that yuck effect.