Pumpkin Pie Martini


For the Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup

½ cup  canned or homemade pumpkin purée

½ cup  purified water

¼ cup  granulated cane sugar

¼ cup  light brown cane sugar

½ teaspoon  ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon  ground ginger

⅛ teaspoon  ground allspice

⅛ teaspoon  ground cloves

Pinch freshly ground nutmeg Few drops pure vanilla extract

For the Optional Rim Garnish

½ cup  turbinado raw sugar

½ ounce Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur

For the Cocktail Ice for cocktail shaker

2 ounces Blanton’s® Original Single Barrel Bourbon

2 ounces  Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur

1½ ounces Bailey’s® Irish Cream

1 ounce half & half cream

1 ounce Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup

Freshly ground nutmeg, for cocktail garnish

Special Equipment Cocktail shaker

Chilled martini glass

Rimmed shallow plates for rim garnish, optional


Prepare the Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine pumpkin purée, water, sugars and spices. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring often to dissolve sugars. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool completely. Prepare the Rim Garnish: Place turbinado raw sugar into a rimmed shallow plate. Pour Frangelico into a rimmed shallow plate. Dip rim of martini glass into the plate with the liqueur, then immediately dip into the plate with the sugar. Prepare the Cocktail: Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add remaining cocktail ingredients and shake vigorously, about 20 seconds. Strain into prepared martini glass. Dust cocktail with a whisper of freshly grated nutmeg and serve. Yield: Recipe makes 1 large Martini cocktail and enough Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup to make 8 Pumpkin Pie Martini cocktails, about 1 cup.

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