My girlfriends and I had such a relaxing, fun getaway to Broken Bow, Oklahoma last weekend. Our cabin was perfect and the host even welcomed us with a gorgeous Christmas tree. When we drove up to the house we all sighed, “Look, it’s a Christmas tree!”  We sat outside in the cool air, enjoying coffee and the fire both in the fireplace and in the outdoor firepit. We ventured out one afternoon for happy hour at The Tasting Room. I’ve heard a lot about Pumpkin Spice Martinis and when I saw they offered this sip on their menu I ordered it. Let’s say, two glasses later, I begged the sweet bartender for the recipe and she happily obliged.

Not too sweet, it’s silky and yummy with just the right blend of flavors that let you know it’s pumpkin spiced. You can go easy on the vodka if you don’t like your drinks too strong. When I got home I practiced making it. While it doesn’t taste exactly like the one I had in Broken Bow, it’s pretty close. I added a rim of crushed graham crackers as a fun garnish.

Love the monogrammed cocktail napkins from Basically Brittany.

Pumpkin Spice Martini

In a cocktail shaker about half-filled with ice:

Pour in 1.5 oz (or 1 oz. if you want it mild) Vanilla Vodka

2 TBL pumpkin puree (I just used from the can what I am using to bake a pie. But don’t use pie filling – only use pumpkin puree)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla

1/4 pumpkin pie spice

1/2 oz pure maple syrup (don’t use Log Cabin, use real maple syrup)

1 oz whipping cream or 1/2 and 1/2 (it’s richer with whipping cream)

Crushed graham crackers for the rim of the glass and to sprinkle on top (optional)

Crush the graham crackers and put them in a small dish or bowl, rub a little syrup along the rim of your glass, and dip into the crushed graham crackers to make a rim of crumbs. Add everything (but the crushed grahams) into your cocktail shaker and shake until icy cold. Strain into your glass and sprinkle with a smidge of pumpkin spice and graham crackers. Enjoy the compliments!

Set your glasses on a brass tray to serve.

I love the monogrammed cocktail napkins Basically Brittany gifted me. Be sure to visit this woman-owned business to order a set for yourself or for a gift.

Monogrammed Cocktail Napkins from Basically Brittany. Click to shop.

Happy Thanksgiving!