Holiday cheer

Now these are the kind of holiday spirits we love

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
 Whipped cream

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.


 2 oz. Pinnacle Chocolate
 Whipped Cream
 2 tablespoons whipped cream
 Crushed graham crackers
 Chocolate shavings

To make the marshmallow garnish, melt chocolate shavings and drizzle over marshmallow, then dip marshmallow in graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To make martini, place vodka, whipped cream and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, then strain until chilled martini glass and garnish with prepared marshmallow.

Sure, you could build a fire out back and cook s'mores that way. But wouldn't it be more fun to enjoy this liquid version in a martini glass?

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