Martinis & Murder Cocktail Recipe: Bitter Bourbon Spritz

Pair this refreshing bourbon cocktail with Episode #98, “The Crimes of Ed Kemper.”

By Gina Pace

It’s the season of tricks and treats, so I surprised the Martinis & Murder crew with some of the (hopefully former): Homemade pumpkin pie with bourbon whipped cream and complimentary whiskey cocktails.

To balance out the sweetness of the pie, I used a recipe created by Kit Stanley, the founder of cocktail consultancy Flip To Pour, which combines Wild Turkey, prosecco, tart grapefruit juice and Cynar, an Italian amaro. We recommend adding this to your fall drinks rotation ASAP.

Bitter Bourbon Spritz

1 ounce Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
½ ounce Cynar
1 ounce grapefruit juice


Shake the Wild Turkey, Cynar, grapefruit juice with ice and then pour into a rocks or wine glass over ice and then top with prosecco. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

As I brag on the podcast, I took a piemaking class, but we at Martinis & Murder aren’t judging, so go ahead and buy a pre-made pie. Just making your own whipped cream takes even store-bought pie up a level.

All you need is a whisk, a cold metal bowl, and some upper arm strength (or, as the video shows, a couple of assists from your coworkers). Hand mixers are also handy in these situations.

Bourbon Whipped Cream

1 cup of heavy cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon


Put a metal bowl and a whisk in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Remove it, and start whisking together the cream and powdered sugar. When a whipped cream texture starts to form, add in grated nutmeg and Wild Turkey.

Dig in to your desert-and-cocktail pairing while listening to John Thrasher, Daryn Carp and Matt the Bartender discuss the crimes of Ed Kemper and his very strange relationship with his mother. Yikes.

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