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Pumpkin Spice Martini

This week’s Friday Cocktail fits in perfect for this time of year, the Pumpkin Spice Martini.

A relative newcomer to the world of mixed drinks, the Pumpkin Spice Martini already has a number of different recipes to try.  The most common recipe calls for vanilla-flavored vodka, Bailey’s Irish Creme, and a pumpkin liqueur.  Pour an ounce of each in a shaker over ice, strain into a cocktail glass and sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top.  Or you could even use pumpkin spice.

As for a pumpkin liqueur, Hiram Walker is one producer of a Pumpkin Spice liqueur, available only during the holiday season between October and December.  This cocktail is oft requested during said months.

Now here’s the thing…are you really going out to buy a bottle of pumpkin liqueur?  There’s really not a lot of call for it in mixed drinks.  If you were hosting a party, it might be economical because you’d be likely to use up a bottle.  However, here’s a new variation of this drink.  I’m actually surprised I didn’t see any other recipe call for it, but my Pumpkin Spice Martini uses Coffeemate’s Pumpkin Spice cream.  So if there’s not a lot of call for the cocktail, you’ve still got a creamer for your coffee!

What you’ll need:  Vodka (vanilla-flavored), Triple Sec, Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer, and Lemon Juice.

Pour 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of triple sec, and a splash of lemon juice in a shaker over cracked ice.  Shake.  Then pour in 3 ounces of Pumpkin spice creamer.  Shake again, and then strain into a cocktail glass of choice.  Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top to garnish.  Note:  If you don’t have vanilla-flavored vodka on hand, plain vodka will do.

How I like it:  Another tricky one.  The version of the drink I’ve presented here is quite tasty, but full of calories.  (Does that really matter this time of year?  ‘Tis the season to splurge.)  I also like the version of this cocktail using pumpkin liqueur.  So really, I like both.  Basically, I love anything Pumpkin Spice… cocktails, coffee, muffins, donuts, yogurt, they’re perfect treats during the fall and holiday season.

This holiday season, as always, drink responsibly!

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