Pumpkin Pie Martini

— How about a follow up on the Pumpkin-Infused Vodka from the other day? First off, holy cardamom. Yeah do yourself a favor and get some cardamom pods instead of the ground cardamom. The flavor was still great, but the ground cardamom dominated the nose in a huge way. I also drained the pumpkins from the jar, tossed them in cinnamon sugar and roasted them for about 20 minutes so they’d be edible, and then put them back in the vodka.

I had to figure out how to cover up that cardamom bomb while presenting this drink. I took my shaker, filled it with ice, filled the vodka to the top of the ice (which had settled a bit), filled the rest of the shaker with simple syrup and mixed. I poured that in the glass, floated some whipped cream and then topped it with some pumpkin spice. I’m guessing 7 parts pumpkin vodka to 1 part simple sugar.

It worked beautifully. The pumpkin spice up top covered up any cardamom in the nose, the sweetness from the cinnamon sugar roasted pumpkin and the simple syrup made it just sweet enough drink by the pint (Don’t be like us. Drink this in a martini glass or something a normal human being would drink out of. Unless you want to get tanked. Then have at it.)

If you really wanted to get fancy, you could crush up some graham crackers and mix it with some pumpkin spice and rim the glass with it, but let’s face it, I’m not that fucking fancy.

Pumpkin-Infused Vodka

— Speaking of infusions, I decided to do something a little more bearable for Halloween (possibly the only actively Halloween-related thing I’m doing this year, as I’m not having a Halloween Party this year, and I’ve given up on all of the super-gimmicky Pumpkin beers this season). I took a look at a few recipes online but nothing really suited exactly what I was looking for (mostly due to limitations of finding certain whole spices in our crappy grocery stores in the area) so I kinda just winged it. We’ll see how it turns out on Friday.

I couldn’t find cardamom seeds anywhere, so ground cardamom had to do. This shit was ridiculously expensive. Price Chopper wanted $14.99 a bottle which is really unacceptable. I grabbed this bottle at Fresh Market for 8 bucks.

I always have Madagascar vanilla beans in the pantry which normally are really expensive, but I buy them through Amazon by the half pound for substantially cheaper than locally. I had some cinnamon sticks leftover from 30 Days to Dogfish Head Night, but had to grab some whole cloves and the pie pumpkin from the store, too. I’m a bit of a mason jar hoarder, so I grabbed a large Atlas jar from the basement.

After gutting and cutting the outside of the pumpkin (let’s be real I had Elise do that) I cut the pumpkin meat in cubes, split two vanilla beans, grabbed a teaspoon of cardamom, about 25 cloves (Merc is going to give me shit about this), two cinnamon sticks and tossed them all in the Atlas jar. I then filled it up to the top with vodka, leaving enough space up top to give it a good shake every once in a while. I didn’t measure exactly, but I ended up using about 4.5-5 cups of vodka to fill the jar. Here’s it all mixed up:

Since using the ground cardamon instead of cardamom pods, I’m going to have to use a coffee filter like with the Bacon Habenero Vodka to get some of the clarity back. And if I had a little more time last night, I would have probably roasted the pumpkin meat first, and I’ll probably do that next time. We’re planning on making a couple of pumpkin vodka based drinks with this on Friday. More pics of that when it happens.