Trick or Treat Martini

Monday, October 01, 2007
By Abbey Khan
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Halloween isn’t just for kids. Give yourself an adult size ‘treat’ with this Pumpkin Pie Martini, that the famous Kelly Liken restaurant in Vail, Colorado handcrafts for their own guests.


1 1/2 oz Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon
3 spoons pumpkin puree (fresh or canned, but unsweetened)
1/2 oz pure maple syrup
1/2 oz chai syrup
Sparkling wine (preferably a dry champagne)


Combine first 4 ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake. Top with sparkling wine. Strain into a chilled, cinnamon sugar rimmed martini glass.

Chai Syrup
3 tbs coriander seeds or 1 1/2 tbs ground
3 tbs cinnamon stick (broken up)
2 tbs cardamom pods
1 1/2 tbs whole cloves
2 tbs star anise
1 1/2 tbs allspice, ground
2 tbs white peppercorns
1 tbs ginger, ground
1 cup honey
2 cups water

Combine all spices in a shallow pan and toast lightly in the oven for 5-7 minutes.
Remove spices to an oil filter and tie closed to form a teabag.
Combine water and honey in saucepan. Add spice bag and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and allow to steep for 10-12 minutes.
Remove teabag and allow to cool.

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