Autumn has its share of delicious pumpkin recipes, but this pumpkin pie martini is in a class of its own. When you bring this drink recipe to your next fall get-together, you’re bound to have all the guests asking you for the recipe. It’s super sweet and creamy, loaded with pumpkin spice flavor, and it looks—and tastes—like a pumpkin pie!
Why should I try this martini recipe?
Do you like pumpkin pie? Do you like martinis? If so, you’re in luck, because this recipe perfectly combines the two! It uses pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, and frozen whipped cream to create a drinkable version of the classic autumn dessert. Whether you serve it at Thanksgiving, Halloween, or another seasonal gathering, it’s sure to impress your guests as they ask for another glass.
What kind of alcohol is in this martini?
You need vanilla vodka to make this pumpkin martini. The vanilla in the vodka rounds out the pumpkin pie flavor and adds a warm sweetness to the drink. It’s similar to how a dash of vanilla rounds out the seasonings in a pumpkin pie. If you can’t find vanilla vodka, you can use plain vodka instead. Just bear in mind that plain vodka won’t have the same level of sweetness that vanilla vodka does.
What are the ingredients for a pumpkin pie martini?
A lot of the ingredients in this pumpkin pie martini are ones you’d expect to see in a pumpkin pie dessert recipe. To make a pumpkin martini, you’ll need:
- Vanilla extract
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Half and half
- Pumpkin puree
- Vanilla vodka
- Maple syrup
- Ice cubes
Although this recipe is almost dripping in sweetness, you can make an even sweeter martini by substituting pumpkin pie filling in place of the real pumpkin puree.
What if I don’t have pumpkin pie spice?
If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, don’t worry! You can use cinnamon instead. You can also easily make your own pumpkin pie spice. Mix 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Add a ½ teaspoon of your homemade pumpkin pie spice to each martini.
How do I make a pumpkin pie martini?
The only part of this recipe that takes much time is freezing the whipped cream. Before you make your pumpkin martini, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray dollops of whipped cream on the tray. Freeze the tray for at least an hour and you’ll be ready to make your pumpkin pie martini!
- Prep your martini glass by dipping the rim in water, then again in cinnamon sugar. This step isn’t necessary, but it sure gives your pumpkin pie martini a nice cinnamon addition.
- Toss all your ingredients in a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake—roughly 20-25 times.
- Strain the liquid into your prepared glass.
- If you prepared frozen whipped cream, now is the time to add a dollop to the top of your glass, followed by a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon if desired.
Can I prep it ahead of time?
I wouldn’t recommend making your pumpkin martini ahead of time. Luckily, it doesn’t take long to whip up in the moment. However, you can save yourself a bit of time by freezing up a large batch of frozen whipped cream dollops so they’re ready to be tossed in your pumpkin pie martini whenever you pour one.
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