Pumpkin pies are one of things that make this time of year so great. I love them. Alice loves them. Heck, everyone other than my friend Bobby loves them, but he’s always been slightly peculiar. Having already crafted a Pumpkin Pie Martini, I wanted to expand our pumpkin horizons. We’d already nailed that one, but it’s good to have some variety. With that in mind, we set out to create a slightly lighter, less ultra-rich dessert edition and we succeeded with the White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Martini!
I’ll grant you that on the surface adding white chocolate to a pumpkin pie doesn’t seem to, inherently, make it lighter — fair point. Your criticism isn’t falling on deaf ears, let me go over the differences between these two (if I do say so myself) fine cocktails.
We replaced the half and half with whole milk (it’s a savings!). You can go even lighter if you want, take it down to 2% if you must, but it is the holidays, don’t go too light. White water (as I’ve always called it, nonfat milk, 0%) won’t do. In fact, just say no to that always.
Also, we reduced the amount of vodka from two ounces to one. That’s half the amount! As mathematicians might put it, it’s a 50% savings.
Then, in place of maple syrup (which I still love and have been known to take shots of it straight, especially when hiking), we use cinnamon simple syrup. You make that by adding one part sugar and one part water to a pot and boiling with cinnamon sticks. Cool, serve, enjoy!
Finally, in place of the two tablespoons of pumpkin puree, we added one tablespoon of pumpkin butter. Can’t find that in local store? Make your own! That’s what we did. The recipe isn’t hard, if you want it, just ping me in the comments and I’ll put it in there.
With all of that in place, all we needed was to add the extra richness and creaminess to the cocktail, but without adding actual whipped cream (a must for all pumpkin pies). How’d we do that? Egg white. BOOM!
Oh, lest I forget, we also added a little white crème de cacao. It is the holidays after all. Can’t be too light now.
Now, for everyone except Bobby (you enjoy some champagne or a French 75), let’s get on to the White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Martini!
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. rum
- ½ oz. white crème de cacao
- ¼ oz. curacao
- ½ oz. cinnamon syrup
- ½ oz. half and half
- Egg white
- 1 tbs. pumpkin butter
- Whole nutmeg
- Ground cinnamon
- Glass type: cocktail
- Add everything except the nutmeg and ground cinnamon to your cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake it a whole lot.
- Like you have the holiday spirit!
- Gotta froth those egg whites.
- Adds that creaminess without cream.
- Pour into your cocktail glass.
- Give it a minute to let the cream rise.
- Grate on nutmeg.
- Sprinkle ground cinnamon.
- White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Martini!
- Holiday cheer!