I made you a ridiculous martini for your Thursday!
Is it just me, or is this week taking forever? I don’t know what the deal is, but I swear I’m caught in a time warp or something. I spent the majority of Tuesday thinking it was Wednesday, and now my brain can’t get over the fact that the week still isn’t over!
Cocktail recipes are usually a Friday kinda thing, but a festive, little, Thursday martini never hurt anyone 🙂
I originally had planned on making a chocolate-coffee martini, but I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the Pumpkin Spice Kahlua. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee liquor?! This is the best of all inventions. I actually grabbed it off the shelf and hugged it.
So yeah, all my chocolate thoughts flew out the window, and here we are with, somehow, even more pumpkin on this blog. PumpkinFest 2014….non-stop coverage on this blog, apparently.
And now I’ve gone and turned that famous PSL into a martini. Where do I draw the line?! No where.
Now, I just assumed everyone loved that stupid orange squash as much as I do, but last night at Red Robin our waitress replied to our inquiry about the pumpkin pie milkshake with: “I’m not a pumpkin fan so….I don’t drink that.” Ummmm, what? Whatever. But, if you can relate to our waitress (first of all, sorry about my blog the past month?), go ahead and just use one of the other Kahlua flavors.
I decided ice spheres look awesome in martini glasses. Except these ones are espresso spheres because watered down drinks can be kinda gross. And this way, as the ice ball slowly melts, you just get more coffee flavor! By the way, the ice ball molds I used were sent to me by Arctic Chill (not a sponsored post, they just sent the molds), and I was actually quite fond of how simple they were to use! They’re BPA-free, and all that good stuff, and, as I discovered, you can freeze more than just water in them. Two thumbs up!
Espresso ice cubes would work in this drink, too, but it won’t look as cool, and they’ll melt a lot faster.
I added a cinnamon-sugar rim to these, because not only does it looks fancy, but it tastes freakin’ delicious. And, I mean, cinnamon and pumpkin are just meant to be together. You could probably to a sugar + pumpkin pie spice thing if you wanted, but it might be a little much.
If you couldn’t tell, this is definitely a dessert-y kinda cocktail. It’d be perfect to wow some guests after a dinner party. Ending the night on a high note—oh yeah!
Yield: 1 martini
- brewed espresso (or strong black coffee), cooled
- 2 tsp turbinado sugar (we want the bigger sugar crystals for this)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- agave syrup
- 1 and 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1 and 1/2 ounces Bailey's
- 1 and 1/2 ounces Pumpkin Spice Kahlua
- Fill your ice ball (or cube) molds with the espresso, leaving a small gap at the top, and freeze until solid.
- Combine the sugar and cinnamon on a small plate. Rub a small amount of agave syrup around the rim of your glass, then roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Place a single espresso ice ball into your martini glass.
- In a separate cocktail shaker (or maybe protein shake cup because you're weird like me...), shake the liquors together, then pour over the top of the ice ball. Enjoy!