Drinking Pumpkins – Happy Thanksgiving from the road!

Guest Blogger, Peg Callihan, placesandplatypie.com

This Thanksgiving we decided to create a recipe for the perfect pumpkin martini. We wanted something clear and pleasant but not too sweet –  something that would be evocative of this time of year – warming and sophisticated, yet cold, clear and elegant.

We tasted pumpkin vodka, pumpkin pie vodka and pumpkin pie cheesecake vodka. All were cloyingly sweet with strong chemical notes. Most recipes we looked at called for the blending of whipping cream with the vodka. then there was the addition of pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin jam – both of which quickly separated and sank to the bottom.

The final, winning drink turned out to be a recipe given to us by Joy at Walmart.

  • 1 part white cranberry juice
  • 1 part Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
  • Garnish with orange peel and two cranberries on a toothpick
  • Serve icy cold

At first it was little sweet, but then the taste of orange tickled our cheeks and the final sips tasted of tart cranberries and soft pumpkin.

Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream LiquorSpeaking of creamy, and not martini, we were able to make a pretty good dessert drink with Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liquor. With the first sip cold, out of the bottle we went into sugar arrest, but by remixing the drink at two parts “liquor” to one part straight vodka it came out pretty well. We put a little whip cream on top…nutmeg was terrible, but pumpkin pie spice sprinkled was quite nice. Very good before going to sleep.



  1. Dear Peg, thank you for sharing you blog on Cooper Creative Group. You’ve been a role model to me, and so many. A perfect fit.

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