Now that All Hallow’s Eve has passed, the big question remains: What to do with all those pumpkins? Thankfully, Vintner Grill has a decadent solution on its new fall cocktail menu. The Pumpkin Martini ($10) is literally a dessert-to-glass libation—the centerpiece purée recipe originated in the pastry kitchen.
The Pumpkin Martini captures autumn in a most delightful way, as nostalgia-evoking baking spices—cinnamon, sage, cloves and nutmeg—are prominent and enchanting. It’s the perfect cocktail for upcoming holiday dinners—and for saving those gourds from the post-Halloween junkyard.
1 ½ oz. Stoli Vanil vodka
1 ½ oz. fresh pumpkin purée (pumpkin, butternut squash, brown sugar, orange juice, sage, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, simple syrup)
½ oz. white crème de cacao
graham cracker crumbs
Quarter the butternut squash and pumpkin and top with brown sugar, orange juice, sage, cinnamon and cloves. Bake on a baking sheet for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Scoop out and add nutmeg, simple syrup and cinnamon to taste.
Rim martini glass with graham cracker crumbs. Add vodka, crème de cacao and pumpkin purée to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the martini glass.