Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Subtle Pumpkin Martini

Subtle Pumpkin Martini
And now the third in this set, the coveted Subtle Pumpkin Martini.  Two fellow martini drinkers taught me to appreciate a classic Bombay Gin martini -- the gin had to come straight from the freezer. Oh so dry. Two olives and an onion..... So when it came to creating pumpkin martinis, I needed something that would appeal to me as I'm not a fan of sweet drinks.

After much experimentation, here it is. This is good, if I do say so myself.  And I know it will appeal to any classic martini drinker.

The proportions are really important in this drink. You can scale it up, but keep the proportions the same. The balance is what makes it work.

Scott's Subtle Pumpkin Martini
1 oz. Bombay Gin
1 tsp Scott's Pumpkin Liqueur
And the super secret ingredient:
1/8th tsp Laphroaig Scotch

You could also use Lagavulin Scotch, but you might want just a wee bit more. It is the smokiness we're after here, so you need one of the heavier smokey, peaty Islay malts.

So good.....the color is a pale straw, just a subtle hint of pumpkin and the tinge of smokiness.   This is a year-round martini.  And for your classic martini drinkers, this may become their new drink of choice.
Subtle Pumpkin Martini

One variation that works very well, is the same basic recipe but instead of gin, I use vodka from Dry Fly Distillery. I'm not a normally a vodka fan, but Dry Fly's is amazing and it works great in this drink.

I'm still searching for the perfect garnish.  I can't quite bring myself to put in olives, though they may work fine.  Let me know if you discover a garnish that fits this perfect martini.

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