Lavish Libations Series: A Pumpkin-tini and a Holiday Comedy!


*This post is dedicated to my good friend, Elaine.

Well, how about a DEEE-Licious drink to pair with a great holiday comedy?  Steve Martin and John Candy starring in Planes, Trains and Automobiles!!

This is not in the book, but I had to share because it is soooooo yummy!  I have brought it to many holiday occasions, and it was a huge hit!

My good friend, Elaine, brought this drink a couple of years ago to our house, when we hosted a “Friendsgiving.”  She said we were “clean drinking.” 🙂 It has been a holiday tradition from then on!

Elaine and her family have moved back to their home state of New York, and I miss the dickens out of her!


Makes 1 large drink

(You could also make a big batch ahead and serve out of a pitcher for a crowd.)

2 shots of RumChata

1 shot of vanilla-flavored vodka

1 shot of pumpkin-spice liqueur

In a shaker filled with ice, pour in ingredients.  Shake 20 times.  Strain into a martini glass.

Beware!  You will want another!

For garnish, I rimmed my glass with turbinado sugar and a cinnamon stick.  How cute would these be to garnish with???


Now for the hilarious movie…I am telling you every time I watch this I get an ab workout from laughing so hard!

Did you know?

  1. John Candy appeared in more John Hughes films than anyone!
  2. This movie was the only one John Hughes wrote that didn’t have a teenager as a lead.
  3. John Hughes wrote the first draft of this movie in three days.
  4. Neal’s(Steve Martin’s) home in PTAA is the same home featured in Home Alone.
  5. The crew had a hard time finding snow for the filming.
  6. This film is based on a true story.  John Hughes said it once took him five days to get home from a trip NYC to Chicago via Wichita, KS.

Some of my favorite quotes:

Neal (Steve Martin) and Del (John Candy)


Neal:  The airlines says they will get us home tonight.

Del:  If they told you wolverines would make good pets, would you believe them?


Neal:  Why did you kiss my ear?

Del:  Why are you holding my hand?

Neal:  Where’s your other hand?

Del:  Between two pillows…

Neal:  Those aren’t pillows!!!!


Owen:  Her first baby came out sideways.  And she didn’t scream or nothin’.

Del:  Isn’t that something.  You’re a real trooper.


Del:  We’d have more luck playing pickup sticks with our butt-cheeks than we will getting a flight out of here before daybreak.


So sorry John Candy had to leave us so soon.





3 thoughts on “Lavish Libations Series: A Pumpkin-tini and a Holiday Comedy!

  1. That drink sounds so yummy! I will have to make the drink now with the pear and goat cheese salad. Oh, and I need to get this movie. It sounds hilarious! Thanks for sharing!😘

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