Cocktail Time: Red Hot Apple Pumpkin Martinis

Red Hot Apple Pumpkin Martinis

When I was a child growing up in Tennessee, my mom’s family always came down from her hometown which was about 3 hours from where we lived, each Thanksgiving for lunch. My mom made a fabulous spread with turkey and dressing and corn casserole and yeast muffins and deviled eggs and sweet potatoes and all sort of other yummy surprises. Her spread was large, fabulous and wonderful and it really took it out of her to prepare such a feast.

As I’ve gotten older, most of the years since Jamison and I married, we’ve had Thanksgiving here in Maryland and I’ve done the traditional Thanksgiving feast. This year? Not happening! I need a break! I briefly thought about taking a break last year and didn’t, but this year I was determined to make Thanksgiving easy on myself so I made reservations instead! My plan for Thanksgiving is to wake up, eat breakfast, then we’ll go with Jamison’s family to eat lunch, come home and relax and maybe have a cocktail or two along the way! That sounds like my kind of holiday!

This martini takes your classic fall flavors of pumpkin, apple and cinnamon and throws them together in a fabulous martini that will quickly become a fall favorite. The cinnamon gives it a bit of a hot kick and it just comes together perfectly! If you like the tastes of harvest, this is the martini for you!

Red Hot Apple Pumpkin Martinis

What You’ll Need:
1 cup of Apple juice or apple cider
1/3 cup of Atomic Hots Cinnamon Vodka or cinnamon schnapps
1/2 cup of Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1/4 cup of heavy cream or half and half
2 tablespoons of cinnamon syrup
Ice
Cinnamon sugar

Add all ingredients except the cinnamon sugar to a martini shaker and gently shake.

Rim the martini glasses with cinnamon sugar and pour mixed martini into prepared glass and dust the top of the drink with more cinnamon sugar if desired.

Red Hot Apple Pumpkin Martinis

Drink and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Notes: As always don’t drink and drive!

In Which My Child Stuns Me with Her Knowledge Of Japanese

Scene: We’re driving to Thurmont to return to our library books and then on to Frederick to pay rent. I’m signing along to music and Lex is playing on my iPod in the back seat when all of a sudden I hear her speaking something that sounds decidedly Japanese, recognizing the Japanese word for hello.

Me: Alexis what did you just say? That sounded like Japanese.

Lex: That’s because it was Japanese. First I said, “Hello. Do you have a menu in English?” and then I said, “How is your day?”

Me: Where in the world did you learn that?

Lex in her best “I’m rolling my eyes at you!” voice: Mom you do have language learning aps on your iPod including Japanese. I’ve been teaching myself to speak it so I can go visit.

Me stunned: You’re learning it by yourself?

Lex, patiently as if talking to a difficult three year old: I can read you know and I can listen. It doesn’t take much more than that. I’ve been doing it for a while now.

Mind. BLOWN!!!

Originally posted on Daffodil Lane.