It’s a misnomer if there ever was one — there’s no vodka or gin in the Pumpkin Martini, so it isn’t a real martini. But it is a delicious drink for autumn.
The newly renamed Pumpkin “Rumtini” has four and a half shots of pumpkin cream liquor (I used Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur) and one and a half shots of spiced rum. Toss the ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake wildly for 15 seconds or so and strain into two martini glasses, because two small martinis are more fun than hogging the goodness all to yourself.
The first thing of note is the light dusting of nutmeg scent along with the pumpkin. It’s a very gentle and unassuming odor all around, so the kick of the first sip is a surprise.
A pure, unadulterated rum sting is the first thing that hits your taste buds. But, before you can register the unexpected booze bomb on your tongue, it’s already faded into pumpkin pie. The change is instantaneous, and it’s almost as if it never happened for how soothing the pumpkin flavor is. There is a slight rum burn at the back when the drink goes down, but after a few sips it fades away.
The initial shock fades with each sip as well, and by the bottom of the glass, all you taste is a smooth, liquid pumpkin pie with a little spunk.
Try adding a touch of pumpkin pie seasoning for garnish or a dash of ground nutmeg for a darker color. It’ll add another little kick to the mix.
Drink: Pumpkin Martini
Ingredients: spiced rum, pumpkin pie cream liquor
ABV: Rum, 30 percent; liquor, 12.5 percent