The Best Pumpkin Martini Recipe For PSL Fans

PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Martini

Great for

Christmas

Difficulty

Easy

Pumpkin Martini

Calling all pumpkin-everything lovers, this cocktail is fall in a glass. More so, the Pumpkin Martini is a slow-sipping deliciousness to drink after (or during) Thanksgiving dinner, and all the way through the holidays. It’s so delicious that you’ll find yourself buying pumpkin purée in the middle of summer.  

This easy fall cocktail combines vanilla vodka, Irish cream, pumpkin purée and pumpkin spice for the ultimate dessert cocktail. Without further ado, let’s jump straight into the recipe:  

QUICK TIPS

01

You can make your own pumpkin spice at home by combining two tablespoons of cinnamon, one tablespoon of ground ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves (this blend also works wonders with your coffee). 

02

Pumpkin purée thickens your cocktail so extra dilution is necessary. Shake it longer than you normally would with other cocktails. 

03

For an even greater pumpkin kick, you can make your own pumpkin pie cream liqueur by combining 1 ½ oz of pumpkin liqueur with 1 ½ oz of Irish cream. 

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

vanilla-flavored vodka
1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

Irish cream liqueur, plus more for rimming
1
tablespoon granulated sugar, for rimming
1.5
teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided
1.5
tablespoons pumpkin purée
Cinnamon stick, for garnish
2
tablespoons finely crushed graham crackers, for rimming

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Combine graham crackers, sugar and half of the pumpkin spice into an even consistency. Pour a little Irish Cream liqueur in a side dish. Wet the rim of your glass into the liqueur and gently roll it into the graham cracker mixture, removing any excess. Place the glass in the freezer for a quick chill while you’re making the cocktail. 

02

Add the vanilla-flavored vodka, Irish cream, pumpkin purée and half of the pumpkin spice into a cocktail shaker with ice. 

03

Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.

04

Strain cocktail into the chilled martini glass.  

05

Garnish with the cinnamon stick and serve.  

History of the Pumpkin Martini 

This fall-in-a-glass drink is a seasonal variation on the classic Vanilla Martini. Otherwise light to the taste, the Pumpkin Martini (also called Pumpkin Spice Martini) becomes a real dessert cocktail thanks to the lusciousness of Irish cream. What’s more, you can use the remainder of your pumpkin pie baking endeavours to gather pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice.  

Recipe variations 

If you’re a pumpkin lover and want to try experimenting with your Pumpkin Martini, here are some variations you should try: 

  • You can make your Pumpkin Martini with Rumchata, a cream liqueur made with rum, dairy cream, cinnamon and vanilla.  
  • If you’re in for a treat, prepare a Pumpkin Pie Martini combining vodka, crème de cacao, heavy cream and pumpkin spice. Extra decadent points if you top it off with whipped cream. 
  • Give brunch a spin by serving Pumpkin Espresso Martini. Mix coffee liqueur, vodka, espresso and pumpkin spice syrup for the ultimate fall pick-me-up.  

 If you’re a martini lover, you should also try the Dirty Martini, Pornstar Martini with Gin, Lemon Drop Martini and Apple Martini. 

When to serve 

Thanks to its rich and creamy texture, the Pumpkin Martini lends itself to be a dessert cocktail, that will delight your guests, especially during the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, alongside a platter of homemade pies and cookies. It’s also a great Halloween cocktail if you’re planning a sophisticated at-home party. And don’t feel like it’s a fall drink only. Pumpkin purée and syrup are readily available all year long, so you can serve a Pumpkin Martini at friends’ get-togethers, brunches and parties to sip away the fall nostalgia.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Marilyn Martini is a sweet and sophisticated cocktail named after the legendary actress Marylin Monroe. It consists of apple brandy, grenadine, Champagne and maraschino cherries.

A Candy Martini is a fun, dessert cocktail with caramel syrup, butter whiskey, peanut butter syrup and ice cream mix. There are also several Candy Martini variations with candies, including candy corn, cotton candy, candy cane and more.