The arrival of Halloween means it’s officially the holidays, which means it’s time to procrastinate buying gifts for your ‘fam, eat way to much and get your buzz on. (Well, you probably get your buzz on a lot, but this time you can do it in an ugly old cardigan!)
Cozy up with a blanket because these local drink recipes are comin’ atcha. They’re like a warm Christmas sweater for your insides.
The Cognac Snap
This one is for the gingerbread lovers—aka everyone. Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa will spice things up with this spicy-and-tangy little number, available at their Scottsdale bar.
What you’ll need:1 1/2 oz. Pierre Ferrand 1840 cognac
3/4 oz. Snap Liqueur
3/4 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup
Directions: Shake in a cocktail shaker and pour into a martini or coupe class. Garnish with freshly-grated nutmeg.
Pumpkin Pie Martini
Rusconi’s American Kitchen in Phoenix is not kidding around with their pumpkin-inspired drinks. This really is a pumpkin pie in a glass, with the pie crust and everything. Who needs Pumpkin Spiced Lattes when you can have this instead? This one is a little complicated and has three steps, so stay alert!
Step 1: Pumpkin Martini Base
What you’ll need:
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. lime juice
Directions: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Taste for desired sweetness and spice, run through a fine mesh strainer and serve chilled.
Step 2: Pie Crust Rim
What you’ll need:
Frozen or homemade pie dough
Directions: Bake off rolled-out pie crust on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper till golden brown crisp and let cool. Finely chop pie crust or use a food processor to crumble pie crust very fine. Mix with sugar and cinnamon to achieve desired taste.
Step 3: Pumpkin Martini
3 oz. of previously-made pumpkin martini base
1 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Frangelico
Take a wedge of lime and rub around martini glass until wet, then crust your glass with the pie crust rimming sugar. Shake the pumpkin martini in a shaker, adjust to your desired strength and pour. Top with whipped cream, cinnamon and toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish, if desired.