Signature
Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Rum • Sweet
Pumpkin Martini

It’s hard to think of anything other than a mix of gin and vermouth as a Martini, but we’re willing to let the definition slide when the rendition is this good. For his twist on the classic drink, Fitsum Kebede of The Carolina Inn uses a creamy mix of aged rum, pumpkin puree and warming spices. ”Mount Gay Rum is well balanced with a hint of spice and a sweet finish, so it’s perfect for this cocktail,” he says. “The vanilla extract and bitters maintain the sweet spice, and a kick from fresh lemon juice gives the drink a round feeling.” It’s the perfect dessert for a fall dinner party and will keep you toasty (and maybe a little toasted) as you pass out candy to trick-or-treaters.

The Essentials

Rum
Pumpkin Purée
Pumpkin Cinnamon Syrup
Mesh Strainer
Shaker
The Details
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Ingredients

2 oz Rum
2 oz Pumpkin Purée
2 oz Pumpkin Cinnamon Syrup
.5 oz fresh Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 egg white
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Lemon wheel
Star anise, for garnish
cinnamon stick, for garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients save for the garnishes to a mixing tin with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick stuck through the lemon wheel and rest the star anise on top of the lemon.
intermediate
Strength:
Pumpkin Cinnamon Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1 Cup pumpkin purée
.25 Cup Maple Syrup
.5 Cup Brown Sugar
.5 Cup sugar
2 cups Water
.25 tsp cinnamon

Method

  • Add all the ingredients to a medium sauce pan. Boil for about 20 minutes on medium to low heat.
  • When it looks very creamy and foamy on top, remove from heat.
  • Double strain with 80 mesh strainer.