Spiced Pumpkin Martini

Belvedere Vodka's Spiced Pumpkin Martini
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Infusion: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
207 Calories
2g Fat
46g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 38mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Protein 4g
Calcium 34mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an amazing pumpkin-flavored cocktail, though it does take a bit of work. The spiced pumpkin martini is a delicious drink made with a homemade pumpkin vodka. It has a spicy, roasted taste that you can enjoy throughout pumpkin season and it makes a fantastic addition to any meal when served with dessert.

The recipe comes from Belvedere Vodka. It all begins with vodka infused with honey-braised and roasted pumpkin, which is easy to make and ready as soon as it cools down. That is then mixed into a delightful martini that includes a spiced syrup and ginger. It's a great project for autumn when you get a pumpkin craving and the taste is worth the time you'll put into it.

Ingredients

  • For the Spiced Pumpkin Vodka:
  • 2 cups pumpkin (peeled)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups/500 mL vodka (Belvedere)
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 2 ounces spiced pumpkin vodka
  • 1 ounce spiced syrup
  • 1 small piece ginger (fresh)
  • Garnish: ginger slice

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

Make the Spiced Pumpkin Vodka

  1. Gather the ingredients and preheat the oven to 400 F.

  2. In a baking dish, roast the peeled pumpkin, covering it with honey to braise, for 45 minutes.

  3. Remove from the oven and place the pumpkin in a small saucepan with the bay leaves and cover with 1 cup of water.

  4. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.

  5. Remove the bay leaves and allow the pumpkin to cool. Blend with 500 ml of Belvedere Vodka.

  6. Pass through a muslin cloth to remove the pulp. Store in a bottle with a tight seal and keep refrigerated, using it within two weeks.

Make the Spiced Pumpkin Martini

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the spiced syrup and ginger. Muddle well.

  2. Add pumpkin-infused vodka, fill the shaker with ice cubes, and shake well.

  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with a slice of ginger.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

The "spiced syrup" is undefined in the recipe, so it's open for interpretation.

  • Syrup companies like Monin produce a spiced brown sugar syrup that you can buy. These typically include warm flavors like cardamom, cinnamon, and similar "winter" spices.
  • Alternatively, you can create a syrup and add whichever spices you see fit. This spiced brown sugar syrup recipe has the perfect array of spices for this martini.
  • You can also create a custom blend with bay leaves, a couple of cloves, and cinnamon, or use a pumpkin pie spice mix.
  • A cardamom syrup with ginger added may be a good choice, and vanilla-ginger syrup is another nice alternative. In both of these, adding a teaspoon each of cinnamon and allspice can create a balanced flavor.

How Strong Is a Spiced Pumpkin Martini?

Making the pumpkin infusion will lower Belvedere's proof slightly. Assuming that reaches 70 proof (the average for commercially produced flavored vodkas), this cocktail shakes up to 20 percent ABV (40 proof). That's about average for flavored vodka martinis, though it is a potent drink.

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