I’ll be honest, sometimes on Thanksgiving I’m too full to actually have dessert, but I always want something sweet. I swear this makes sense in my head at the time, but I always regret not having at least a little bite of pie. The last few years I’ve gotten smart and started taking a piece with me to-go.
Do you have a favorite pie? Mine is definitely apple, but I always feel like a traitor to the pumpkin pie, since it is Thanksgiving, after all.
So I found a way to have the best of both worlds. This pumpkin pie martini gives me the flavors of pumpkin pie and I still get my slice of apple pie.
For this episode of Drink & Dish (Subscribe to the Drink & Dish YouTube channel here!) Ari makes a batch of her favorite cornbread stuffing. I happen to be a big stuffing fan so I was more than happy to get to try hers! Then I make this pumpkin pie martini.
I used some of my homemade Pumpkin Pie Infused Vodka. I strongly urge you to go make a batch – since Thanksgiving is still a couple weeks away you still have time! I think it might be one of the best things that’s ever come out of my kitchen.
This drink is all about the fun garnishes – the graham cracker crumbs give the feel of pie crust. And Whipped cream sprinkles with more graham cracker crumbs and fresh nutmeg are just the right way to top this drink. I was out of whipped cream the last time I made these and while it was delicious, I did miss it.
One last note, I would highly recommend using a pure maple syrup in this drink. The flavor is much more intense and works so well with the other ingredients. Also this drink is not really very sweet, so if you like your cocktails sweet you might want to add a little extra maple syrup.
- 4 Tbsp maple syrup, divided
- ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs, divided
- 3 oz Pumpkin Pie flavored vodka
- 1.5 oz half and half
- Whipped cream
- fresh ground nutmeg (optional)
- On a small plate, pour about 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. On a second plate pour out graham cracker crumbs, reserving about a tablespoon in a small bowl. Dip the rim of a martini glass in the maple syrup then coat in graham cracker crumbs.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the pumpkin pie vodka, half and half, and remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Shake until contents are well combined and chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass.
- Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle some of the remaining graham cracker crumbs over the top. If desired, sprinkle with a little fresh nutmeg.