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Winter Star Martini


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Ingredients

  • 2 Ounces SKYY Vodka
  • 1 Ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 Ounce agave syrup or simple syrup
  • 1/2 Ounce raspberry compote or jam
  • 1/2 ripe green pear
  • 3 raspberries for garnish

Directions

Chop the pear into small pieces. Muddle all ingredients together in a shaker and shake vigorously. Double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with three raspberries on a cocktail stick.

Nutritional Facts

Servings1

Calories Per Serving235

Total Fat0.2g0.4%

Sugar21gN/A

Protein0.5g1%

Carbs33g11%

Vitamin A1µgN/A

Vitamin C17mg29%

Vitamin E0.2mg1.2%

Vitamin K6µg7%

Calcium13mg1%

Fiber3g13%

Folate (food)16µgN/A

Folate equivalent (total)16µg4%

Iron0.3mg1.5%

Magnesium9mg2%

Niacin (B3)0.2mg1.1%

Phosphorus16mg2%

Potassium149mg4%

Sodium6mgN/A

Sugars, added12gN/A

Zinc0.1mg0.8%

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26 Winter Cocktails to Help You Survive the Cold

As it starts to get colder, our favorite way to stay warm indoors is with a delicious, seasonally-minded cocktail. Whether you like yours with bourbon, rum, tequila&mdashor even with candy canes as a garnish&mdashthese cocktails are guaranteed to keep you toasty this winter. Here's a selection of our favorite cold weather libations.

Ingredients
2-4 fresh sage leaves, plus small sage sprig for garnishing
.25 oz maple syrup
2 oz bourbon
1 oz apple cider
.25 oz cider vinegar

Instructions
Add sage leaves and syrup to base of cocktail shaker and muddle until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bourbon, apple cider, and vinegar, then fill shaker with ice. Shake mixture until just combined and chilled, about 5 seconds. Double-strain cocktail into chilled old-fashioned glass half-filled with ice or containing single large ice cube. Garnish with sage sprig and serve.

Ingredients
2 oz Partida Añejo
6 oz hot chocolate
.5 bar spoon ancho chili powder
Pinch of ground cinnamon

Instructions
Add ancho chili and a pinch of ground cinnamon and stir until they are mixed in. Pre-heat a hot toddy glass or mug with hot water. Pour out the hot water. Add spiced hot chocolate to heated glass, add the 2 oz of Partida Añejo and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Ingredients
2 oz Ragtime Rye
.5 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
.5 oz Punt de Mes
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Regan&rsquos Orange Bitters

Instructions
Stir ingredients over ice until exceedingly well-chilled and then strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry on a cocktail pick.

Ingredients

2 oz Mount Gay Rum XO
1 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz maple syrup
.5 oz egg white

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a shaker without ice. Dry shake, then shake with ice. Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass. Express lemon oils over the surface. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Ingredients
2 oz Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz agave nectar
2 oz no sugar added cranberry juice

Instructions
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a cranberry skewer.

Ingredients

2 oz Nelson&rsquos Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz honey simple (2:1 ratio raw honey to water)
.25 oz Allspice Dram
1 dash chocolate bitters

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a chilled coupe. Express the oils from a lemon peel over the top of the drink and discard the peel.

Ingredients

1 oz Malfy Gin
.75 oz Lillet Blanc
1 oz club soda
2.5 oz G.H. Mumm Brut

Instructions

Build in glass over cubed ice. Stir. Top with club soda and G.H. Mumm Brut Champagne.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Rémy Martin XO
.75 oz Som Pineapple Szechuan Pepper
.75 oz pineapple juice
.5 oz lime juice
.25 oz simple syrup
Fever Tree Club Soda
Freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain. Top with Fever Tree Club Soda. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a slice of pineapple.

Ingredients
1 oz bourbon
1 oz crème de cacao
1 oz half and half
One egg white
Dash of simple syrup
Dash of salt

Instructions
Combine ingredients in shaker, add ice, shake vigorously, strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with nutmeg, cranberries ,and a sprig of rosemary.

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Ingredients
1.5 parts Facundo Eximo rum
.25 part cold-brew coffee
.25 part Amaro Montenegro
.25 part Combier orange liqueur
Orange peel for garnish

Instructions
To make the cold brew coffee syrup, combine equal parts cold brew coffee and Demerara sugar. In a mixing glass, stir all the ingredients with plenty of ice. Strain contents into a coupe glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Ingredients
1 oz Absolut vodka
2 oz Kahlúa
3 oz cold brew

Instructions
Fill shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake hard for at least 10 seconds to create a nice foam. Strain into a cocktail glass to get rid of all of the small ice chips. Garnish with coffee beans.

Ingredients
4 oz El Dorado 8 year old rum
6 oz Puerh Tea (or another brewed Black Tea)
1.5 oz ginger syrup (simple syrup prepared with fresh crushed ginger)
.5 oz maple syrup
2 dashes aromatic Bitters

Instructions
Brew of tea in saucepan. While hot, add remaining ingredients and stir to integrate. Add a lemon peel as the garnish. Serves two.

Ingredients
.75 oz Scotch
.75 oz Carpano Bianco
.75 oz Copper & Kings Immature Brandy
.75 oz Coco Lopez
3 heaping bar spoons of pumpkin puree

Instructions
Combine all ingredients into tin, add ice, and shake. Double strain into a coupe glass. Grated nutmeg on top to garnish.

Ingredients
.75 oz honey
.75 oz heavy cream
1.5 oz Jamaican rum
.5 oz Branca Menta

Instructions
Shake with ice. Serve up in a coupe glass. Garnish with mint leaf and grated nutmeg.

From Bartender Brandon Bramhall of Bastion, Nashville

Ingredients
2 oz bourbon
.5 oz winter spiced simple syrup*
2 dashes orange bitters
2 dashes aromatic bitters
Cinnamon stick

Instructions
Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

*Winter spiced simple syrup: simmer 1:1 simple syrup with clove, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Ingredients
2 oranges, peeled & juiced
150 g sugar
50 g honey
3 white cloves
1 cinnamon stick
7 pink peppercorns
1/2 nutmeg, grated
2 star anise
2 bottles of full bodied Malbec
Toasted almonds & dried apricot for garnish

Instructions
Simmer 1/2 bottle of wine with spices, sugar and orange juice. Once sugar is fully dissolved into a syrup, allow to cool and strain. Mix your newly formed and richly flavored 'syrup' with the rest of the pan and heat on low (careful not to boil to lose your alcohol!) Ladle the mulled wine into heatproof glasses and garnish with an orange peel with a side of dried apr

Ingredients
2 oz blended scotch like Monkey Shoulder
.75 oz dry vermouth
.5 oz Singani 63 or another pisco
.25 oz jasmine tea syrup*

Instructions
Stir well, strain into coupe glass. discarded lemon swath garnish

*Jasmine tea syrup: Steep 3 level teaspoons of loose jasmine tea in 6 oz of hot water for 5 minutes. Strain, and stir in an equal amount of sugar by weight.

Ingredients
2 oz bourbon
.5 oz allspice dram
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
Angostura bitters

Instructions
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well. Double strain into a rocks glass with a big ice cube. Garnish with a lemon segment on top of the ice cube.

Ingredients
2 oz Drambuie
9 oz hot milk
3 oz hot cocoa mix
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp kosher salt

Instructions
In a saucepan combine all ingredients and warm over medium heat. Stir slowly until simmering. Serve hot, garnished with miniature marshmallows if desired.

Ingredients
1.5 cups Angry Orchard
2 cups water
1 cup cranberry juice
.5 cup brandy or spiced rum
.5 cup light brown sugar
3 tea bags of chai tea

Instructions
Add water to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add the tea bags. Allow to steep for 2 minutes and then remove the tea bags. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Simmer over low to medium heat and serve hot. Garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves.

Ingredients
12 oz vanilla gelato
2 oz Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps
.5 oz simple syrup with red coloring
5 mini candy canes

Instructions
In a mixer, blend the vanilla gelato, schnapps, and 2 mini candy canes for 30 seconds or until it is a rich creamy-smooth consistency. Do not add any milk or cream. Put simple syrup in a squirt bottle and squirt 3 horizontal lines inside the glass/mason jar. Pour shake into the middle of the glass / mason jar and top with whipped cream .

Ingredients
2 oz gin
.5 oz simple syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
1 sprig rosemary

Instructions
Combine all ingredients into a shaker. Shake, then double strain into large coupe glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Created by Steve Muntean, Harding's, NYC

Ingredients
2 cups cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup Woodford Reserve bourbon
.75 cup sifted powdered sugar
Half of one vanilla bean
Fresh grated nutmeg

Instructions
In a metal bowl over an ice bath, whisk sugar, cream, milk, and bourbon until nice and frothy. Add vanilla bean and strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Place pitcher in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour stirring on occasion. Pour into glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Bacardi 8 Year Rum infused with Cinnamon*
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz honey syrup
Gonet Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Instructions
Build all ingredients (except Champagne) in a shaker. Add ice and shake hard (30X). Double strain into a coupe. Fill with Champagne and mix well. Garnish with a pear ball on a pick.

*Rum Infusion: Take 3 sticks of Cinnamon and add to one liter bottle of Bacardi 8 Year Rum. Infuse for two days. Remove sticks.

Ingredients
1.25 oz Hangar One rose
.5 oz lychee liqueur
.25 oz Disaronno amaretto
1 drop rhubarb bitters
Top with Sant Ambreous prosecco (or any kind of prosecco)

Instructions
Shake first four ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Top with prosecco.

Ingredients
2 oz Remy Martin 1738
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz simple syrup
1 oz lemon juice
.25 oz egg white
3 Asian Pears

Instructions
Build contents into mixing glass, shake and strain into Coupe or Martini glass. Garnish with 3 Asian pears sliced and presented in a fan-like fashion, with cinnamon dust over the pears and a cherry finish


60+ Winter Cocktails That'll Warm the Cockles of Your Heart

When the nights get long and the cold air starts biting we tend to find ourselves with two often competing goals: Get all the holiday shopping done and stay warm at all times. If you need help with the former, we have some last-minute ideas. For the second, nothing beats a warm fire, a big comfortable sweater, and a stiff cocktail. While the first to are up to you, we can help you with the second, and we've rounded up the best winter drinks around. These weekend relaxers will help get you in the holiday spirit, keep Christmas feeling festive, or just get you through a really snowy evening when it's far too cold to go out. Whether you're looking to serve a new Christmas cocktail at your holiday celebration, whip up something special for the kids during Christmas brunch, or just have something to sip on while you wrap gifts, we've got the perfect concoction for you.

Up your hot chocolate recipe game with a to-die-for salted caramel hot chocolate you can make in your slow cooker (yes, really!), or try our pink-tinted white hot chocolate that'll be Instagrammed by all your family members on Christmas Day. Or, switch up your usual eggnog recipe with our gingerbread eggnog instead&mdashyou won't regret it. All of these winter drinks will complement your Christmas dinner menu and holiday dessert spread excellently&mdashbut sometimes, they're best enjoyed all on their own under the Christmas tree.

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Autumn

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Passion fruit martini

This easy passion fruit cocktail is bursting with zingy flavours and is perfect for celebrating with friends. Top with prosecco for a special tipple

Clementine martini

This sparkling, citrus cocktail is one to serve at a celebration. Blend clementine juice with vodka, orange liqueur and fizz

Courgette martini

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Raspberry Martini fizz

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Espresso martini

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Earl Grey martini

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Reverse espresso martini

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Raspberry & passion fruit martini

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Mince pie martini

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Lychee martini

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RAGNAROK

“One of my bar regulars—one that I would now call a friend—had asked me to bartend for his 50th birthday party in Copenhagen some years ago. It’s rare that I get to visit a place and have locals show me all the best restaurants and bars. It was an unforgettable trip filled with great food, drink, and people. I already had an affinity for aquavit, so I was pleased to taste other brands and styles that aren’t available in the U.S. I think I created at least three new aquavit cocktails after that trip. I was obsessed. And when I tasted the Åhus Aquavit recently, I knew I wanted to create something for Wonderbar with it. It’s definitely pushing the clientele here a bit, but I hope they love it as much as I do.” —Jessica Gonzalez, beverage director at Wonderbar, Beacon, NY

Ingredients:

0.5 oz. Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac

0.5 oz. black pepper-infused Cocchi Americano

0.75 oz. Dolin Dry vermouth

Method: Combine, stirred, and serve up—with a brandied cherry garnish.

COFFEE SPRITZ

“This Coffee Spritz is a perfectly smooth digestif. The ingredients are simple and provide the right amount of energy and elevation to your everyday spritz.” —Tiffanie Barriere, mixologist and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Atlanta, GA

Ingredients:

Method: Build in a wine glass over ice. Garnish with an orange wheel.

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COGNAC LATTE

“How many varieties of spiked eggnog can you possibly make without it just tasting the same after a while? The Cognac Latte is a new way to celebrate the winter season with class. After an incredibly challenging year, why mess around? Go all out and splurge on some Hennessy and an old Zacapa Rum! Enjoy a Cognac-laced nog complemented with cocoa and spiced vanilla notes from Ron Zacapa Centenario 23, a booster of Mr. Black cold brew, and the velvety texture of barista oat milk just to add that extra level of lusciousness and of course, heavy whipped egg. A holiday staple reimagined topped with grated cinnamon bark and nutmeg.” —Piero Procida, food and beverage director at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

Ingredients:

0.5 oz. Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur

1 oz. barista oat milk, Oatly preferred

Method: Add Zacapa, Hennessy, Mr. Black, simple syrup, oat milk, and 1 whole egg. Dry shake for 30 seconds, add ice, and a quick heavy shake. Fine strain into a coupe. grate cinnamon bark and nutmeg on top.

PEAR’D PERFECTION

“Pears, much like apples and pumpkins, are a fruit associated with the colder months. A light drink with a savory taste, Hennessy VSOP works well with the juicy sweetness of the pear and is contrasted by the tartness of fresh-squeezed lemon juice along with a few dashes of plum bitters to add complexity. Overall, a rustic and pleasant drink that isn’t difficult by any stretch to make—and it will certainly make for a memorable experience.” —Donny Largotta, Beverage Director at The Chester (Gansevoort Meatpacking), New York City

Ingredients:

0.5 oz. pear-infused simple syrup

Method: Combine ingredients and shake. Serve on the rocks.

EQUINOX

“When the cold months rolls around it’s time for some dark spirits. This drink highlights the sweetness of the Cognac—along with the spiciness of the rye. The combo makes it a complex, interesting, and well balanced. An overall fantastic drink. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” —Gavin Humes, food and beverage director at Scratch Restaurants

Ingredients:

4 dashes Angosutra bitters

Campari (ideally in an aerosolizer)

Method: Add all ingredients except the Campari to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass. Spritz the cocktail with Campari. If you don’t have an aerosolizer, just drop a few drops of Campari on the top of the glass. Finish with a twist of orange peel, rub the peel on the rim of the glass, and discard.

LA VIE EN ROSE

“La Vie en Rose essentially means to see the world through rose-colored glasses. And this cocktail is designed to help you do just that. With Cognac, Champagne, raspberry, absinthe, and rose water, this drink is a healthy dose of romance and escapism that we all very much need this year.” —Hannah Chamberlain, founder at @SpiritedLA

Ingredients:

Method: Shake first four ingredients before fine straining the ingredients into a glass that’s been rinsed with absinthe. Pour in the Champagne until it reaches the brim. Garnish with rose petal.

D’USSÉ HOT TODDY

“When the weather starts to cool and I feel a crispness in the air, I switch out my fruit-forward cocktail ingredients for spiced, aromatic flavors that mix perfectly with D’ussé’s pleasant and full-bodied smoothness. A Cognac hot toddy is typically my go-to: It’s an easy-to-make crowd pleaser that’s perfect for serving at home—plus it packs a good kick. All you need is D’ussé VSOP, hot black tea, and honey—and you’re all set.” —Sullivan Doh, Global Brand Ambassador at D’ussé

Ingredients:

1 orange peel, for garnish

Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Method: Steep tea in a glass mug. Add Cognac and honey syrup, then stir. Garnish with orange peels and a cinnamon stick.

STAY INCIDER

“This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s so simple and easy to make that you will feel like you’re the cocktail master of your kitchen. The flavors of the Apothic Red combined with the Cognac, cinnamon, and lemon juice is perfect for these cold months.” Josue Romero, spirit consultant, The Garnish Guy (@the_garnishguy)

Ingredients (2 Servings):

Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Method: Place all the ingredients into a heat resistant container, including the garnishes, and stir until all the ingredients are fully combined. makes two servings.

LA CONGA BLICOTI

“This cocktail is named after a French jazz song by the iconic Josephine Baker, and I wanted it to capture the song’s refined but playful sense of fun. It’s similar to the classic sidecar cocktail, but the banana, lime, and demerara give it a nice tropical update. It’s easy to make and very easy to drink.” —Hannah Chamberlain, founder at @SpiritedLA

Ingredients:

Method: Shake all ingredients (other than the garnish) and double strain them into a coupe. Garnish with banana chips and tropical flower.

AMBRÉ SIDECAR

“Drinking a sidecar transports me to a dimly lit cocktail bar in Cognac. The aromatics and floral aromas produced by the forgotten Colombard grape variety balances really well with the complex orange aroma of Ferrand Dry Curaçao and the acidity of the lemon.” —Nico de Soto, beverage consultant and owner of Danico in Paris and Mace in New York City

Ingredients:

2 oz. Ferrand Ambré Cognac

0.5 oz. Ferrand Dry Curaçao orange liqueur

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with orange twist.

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11 Easy Martini Recipe Riffs

There are some iconic duos that just make life better. We couldn’t live without the combinations of peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, and, of course, dry vermouth and gin. When combined, the latter two ingredients make for a delicate and delicious treat: the Martini.

Martinis needn’t be relegated to fancy nights out on the town. With practice, home bartenders can master the two-ingredient cocktail recipe, and even create their own riffs on the classic drink.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our list of our favorite Martini variations that will keep you sipping all year round.

The Pineapple Breakfast Martini Recipe

As Drake once said, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.” If your goals line up with the rapper’s, or if you’re just looking for a boozy brunch cocktail, this drink is for you. Combine gin, triple sec, pineapple juice, and pineapple jam in a cocktail shaker with ice, and serve with breakfast (or any meal, for that matter).

Pomegranate Lemonade Martini Recipe

This summery sipper calls for equal parts Martini and lemonade. Pomegranate juice balances out the sweetness of lemonade, while the botanicals of gin and a thyme sprig garnish bring an earthy quality to the concoction. Stir all ingredients together, strain into a coupe glass, and pair with warm weather.

L’Orange Martini Recipe

Orange you glad this isn’t a run of the mill Martini? Add orange bitters, orange liquor, and an orange peel garnish to your traditional Martini to bring out the citrusy notes in dry gin. This drink is fruity yet boozy, and is sure to liven up your cocktail hour.

The Grapefruit Gin Martini Recipe

To make this easy-sipping cocktail, replace vermouth with grapefruit juice and add a few dashes of celery bitters to bring in a tart acidity to your Martini. Navy-strength gin stands up to these bold flavors and brings a boozy kick to the concoction. This unlikely flavor combination is sure to keep you coming back for more.

Breakfast Martini Sour Recipe

This recipe doubles as a hangover cure. The combination of gin, lemon juice, orange marmalade, simple syrup, and egg white results in a frothy, sessionable drink ideal for rough mornings. Hair of the dog never tasted so good.

The Lemon Grapefruit Martini Recipe

This sweet, citrusy take on the Martini is the perfect warm-weather refresher. Combine vodka, lemon juice, grapefruit, simple syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker, and sip on the next sunny day. Garnish with a lemon wheel for a seasonal touch.

Espresso Tim Tam Martini

Need a caffeine boost? This Australian-inspired version of the Espresso Martini mixes Tim Tams — the famous chocolate cookies from Down Under — and coffee for the perfect after-dinner sipper. Combine vodka, coffee liquor, espresso, and chocolate Tim Tams to drink like the Aussies do.

The Rosé Martini Recipe

There’s no doubt that rosé is a summer-drinking essential. In this Martini, the wine replaces gin for a sweeter, low-ABV take on the classic cocktail. Between its pink hue and edible flower garnish, this simple concoction is practically begging you to drink outside.

The Portside Martini

White port replaces vermouth in this crowd-pleasing Martini variation. With only two ingredients, this drink is as simple to make as it is to sip. The bright, lively flavors of this drink are enhanced by its lemon twist garnish.

The Duchess Martini Recipe

This Nordic-inspired cocktail is anything but your typical Martini. Aquavit, bianco vermouth, and sherry combine to create rich notes of caraway and a touch of salinity. Garnish with an orange twist for a hint of citrusy sweetness.

The Rye for Breakfast Martini Recipe

The star of this drink is rye whiskey, which pairs perfectly with rye toast at breakfast time. Combine the dark spirit with lemon juice, blackberry jam, and a pinch of salt for a versatile and unforgettable brunch pairing. Not a fan of blackberry? Feel free to replace it with your favorite jam or marmalade flavor, and make this drink your own.


Winter Cocktail – The Smashing Pumpkin Martini

Featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, this delectable treat infuses pumpkin and star anise to 10 Cane Rum and is mixed with Grand Marnier, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Saffron syrup, cardamom bitters and fresh Meyer lemon.
By Kalle Bergman

The Grant Grill, located in THE US GRANT Hotel (San Diego, CA) features the “Smashing Pumpkin” Martini on their fall menu. Featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, this delectable treat infuses pumpkin and star anise to 10 Cane Rum and is mixed with Grand Marnier, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Saffron syrup, cardamom bitters and fresh Meyer lemon. The Smashing Pumpkin is presented in a martini glass and garnished with a spice-sugared rim and a wooden pumpkin-like ornament.


Substitutions

As mentioned a couple of times, I use prosecco instead of champagne when I make porn star martinis. I actually prefer good quality prosecco, but really use whichever you prefer.

This recipe uses passionfruit juice instead of Passoa (passionfruit liquor). However, you can use Passoa if you have it in. I’ve included how to adjust the amounts in the recipe below.

You can also use vanilla vodka and omit the vanilla essence in the recipe.

Looking for other great cocktail recipes? Check out this easy mojito recipe or, if you want something sans-alcohol, this frozen strawberry daiquiri mocktail.