From the expert mixologists at Larkspur and Oeno Wine Bar, four cocktails guaranteed to help you celebrate the season
Pumpkin n Spice Martini
This concoction is like a slice of pumpkin pie in a martini glass (albeit a slightly intoxicating one).
Graham cracker crumbs
2 oz. vodka
Splash of half-and-half
Base: 1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin puree
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cinnamon
To make the base, combine canned pumpkin, cream cheese, sugars, nutmeg and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. This makes enough for a couple dozen martinis, so either cut the recipe down or plan on throwing a really big party. The mixture should also keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
To make the martini, wet the lip of a chilled martini glass and dip into graham cracker crumbs. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, ice, a splash of half-and-half and 1 to 2 tablespoons of the base. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.