Spice up your fall with a pumpkin martini — or a pumpkin spice martini or pumpkin pie martini. Choose your favorite, made with various types of spirits and liqueurs.
1) Pumpkin Spice Martini
2 oz Barefoot Riesling
1 oz pumpkin liqueur
1 oz cream liqueur
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Combine Riesling, pumpkin liqueur and cream liqueur in martini shaker over ice.
Shake well and strain into martini glass. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg as garnish and serve!
Makes 1 serving / Recipe from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
2) Pumpkin pie martini
Perfect for entertaining through the fall, this martini tastes just like pumpkin pie.
4 ounces light cream
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
3 ounces white chocolate liqueur
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice
Fill cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add light cream, pumpkin, white chocolate liqueur, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice; shake vigorously 15 to 20 seconds or until well mixed and chilled. Strain into 2 martini glasses. Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of McCormick
3) Pumpkin Pie Martini
2 Parts Absolut Vanilia
1 Part Milk
1 Dash Cinnamon Syrup
1 Dash Pumpkin Smash
1 Teaspoon Sugar, Superfine
Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Recipe courtesy of Absolut Vodka
4) Tito’s Pumpkin Pie Martini
2 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1 tbsp canned pumpkin pie mix (Libby’s brand is what we use, but any brand should work. Make sure it’s canned pumpkin pie mix, and not just canned pumpkin)
1/2 oz spiced syrup (see recipe below)
Shake all ingredients and double strain into a coupe or martini glass. (Use a 3” fine mesh strainer. Mixture will strain slowly, so use a spoon to agitate the mixture in the strainer to speed up the process.)
Spiced syrup recipe ingredients
4 cinnamon sticks (3-inch size)
8 small slices of fresh ginger (skin on is fine)
1/2 of a vanilla bean (split open)
30 whole allspice berries
20-25 whole cloves (stems on)
6 whole star anise pods
2 cups of sugar
2.75 cups of water
Spiced syrup recipe directions
In a 2-quart saucepan, add all above ingredients. Simmer all ingredients on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let steep for another 2-3 hours. Add a little water if the mixture is too viscous (resembling thickness of honey). Then, strain into a glass container and store in the refrigerator until needed.
Garnish: A small amount of fresh, grated nutmeg.
Glass: coupe or martini glass
Mixologist: Max Hinojosa from Austin, Texas
Recipe courtesy of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
5) Pumpkin Patch Martini
1 oz. Cream
1 oz. Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
1 oz. Vanilla Vodka
1 oz. White Cream de Cacao
1 Tbsp pumpkin puree OR pumpkin pie filling
A dollop of whipped cream
Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until the shaker is frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream. Top it off with a candy corn and enjoy!
Recipe courtesy the former Za Za Restaurant
6) Pumpkin Pie Martini
1 graham cracker, crushed (optional)
3 ounces vanilla vodka
3 ounces crème de cacao liqueur
1-1/2 ounces Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Flavor Nestle Coffee-mate Liquid Coffee Creamer
Place graham cracker crumbs in a shallow plate. Lightly rub a small amount of honey around rim of glasses. Invert glasses into crumbs; gently twist so that crumbs coat rims, creating a graham cracker crust.
Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add vodka, crème de cacao and Coffee-mate to shaker; shake well.
Strain mixture into prepared glasses.
Makes 2 martinis / Recipe courtesy of Nestle
7) Kahlua pumpkin martini
“Seasonal pumpkin editions have become a celebrated turning point to ushering in the fall. From flavored coffee drinks and baked goods, to scented candles and even hand lotions, autumn sparks the start of an unavoidable ‘pumpkin craze!,'” said Michelle Sanders, brand director for Kahlua at Pernod Ricard USA.
1-1/2 parts Kahlua pumpkin spice liqueur
1-1/2 parts Absolut vodka
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange zest.
Recipe courtesy of Kahlua/Pernod Ricard USA