Pumpkin Spice Martini

A Pumpkin Spice Martini mixed with homemade pumpkin pie liqueur, vodka, and whipped cream to create a cocktail that is creamy and full of your favorite fall spices. Add some pumpkin pie graham crackers to the rim and freshly grated nutmeg on top and you have a Fall Cocktail everyone will enjoy.

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This Pumpkin Pie Martini is the perfect dessert cocktail for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any celebration. You probably already have vodka and whipped cream around for the holidays so all you need is some Pumpkin Pie Liqueur and you are in business. The liqueur takes 3 days to allow to sit, so plan ahead. Make it on Monday and you are ready to go by Thursday for Thanksgiving!

pumpkin spice martini with a small pumpkin

Ingredients Needed for a Pumpkin Spice Martini

  • vodka
  • pumpkin pie liqueur 
  • whipped cream
  • freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
  • graham crackers and pumpkin pie spice for the rim
pumpkin spice martini ingredients

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Martini

  1. Make the pumpkin pie liqueur ahead of time.
  2. Place a few graham crackers in a plastic bag and crush into small pieces using something heavy like a mallet or rolling pin. TIP: Place a towel under the plastic bag to prevent it from getting a hole and to reduce the banging noise. Add pumpkin pie spice and mix into the graham crackers.
  3. Place the graham crackers in the glass rimmer or on a small plate. Take the martini glass and dip into water on a plate or in a bowl, shake off excess, and coat the rim of the glass in the graham crackers.
  4. Place the vodka, liqueur, and whipped cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 20-30 seconds until nice and cold.
  5. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and serve immediately.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

You can check out the full post for Pumpkin Pie Liqueur to make a homemade treat that is perfect in this cocktail, added to coffee, or your favorite desserts.

  1. Place the water, sugar, and brown sugar in a saucepan over med-high heat and bring to a boil while whisking.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the rum, and turn down the heat. Simmer, whisking occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat, stir in the rum, and allow the mixture to cool for about an hour.
  4. Pour the liqueur into a sealable bottle or jar. Store the Pumpkin Pie liqueur in a cool location for 2-3 days to allow the flavors to all blend.
homemade pumpkin spice liqueur

My Favorite Little Kitchen Tool for Freshly Ground Nutmeg

This little gadget is a nutmeg grinder. It’s small, cute, and works perfectly for grinding nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, and any other small nut. There is even a cute little storage bin on top for your nutmeg seed.

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Pumpkin Spice Martini

A creamy and delicious Pumpkin Spice Martini perfect for Thanksgiving or any Fall celebration.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade liqueur, pumpkin, pumpkin pie cocktail, pumpkin pie liqueur, pumpkin spice cocktail, pumpkin spice liqueur
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker
  • cocktail jigger
  • martini glass
  • glass rimmer or small round plate

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz pumpkin pie liqueur (recipe below)
  • 2 tbsp whipped cream
  • graham crackers for rim
  • pumpkin pie spice for rim
  • freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions

Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

  • Make the pumpkin pie liqueur ahead of time. It needs 3 days to sit for all of the ingredients to fully combine with the alcohol.
    homemade pumpkin spice liqueur

Pumpkin Spice Rim Garnish and Glass Prep

  • Place a few graham crackers in a plastic bag and crush into small pieces using something heavy like a mallet or rolling pin. TIP: Place a towel under the plastic bag to prevent it from getting a hole and to reduce the banging noise. Add the pumpkin pie spice and mix it into the graham crackers.
    crushed graham crackers in a plastic bag
  • Place the graham crackers in a glass rimmer or on a small plate. Take the martini glass and dip into water on a plate or in a bowl, shake off excess, and coat the rim of the glass in the graham crackers.
    martini glass dipped in glass rimmer with graham crackers

Pumpkin Spice Martini

  • Place the vodka, liqueur, and whipped cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 20-30 seconds until nice and cold.
    whipped cream and alcohol in cocktail shaker
  • Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and serve immediately.
    pumpkin spice martini with nutmeg garnish
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