This pumpkin spice martini recipe with Baileys is the perfect cocktail to make you feel like fall. Who needs a pumpkin spice latte when you can have this decadent pumpkin pie martini?
This cocktail is super simple, but it includes all the yummy ingredients you would put in a pumpkin pie - no baking required!
This dessert martini is full of seasonal flavors with sweet cream, warm spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and of course, pumpkin. And since it's a vodka martini, it has a little bit of a kick to it.
Here's what you'll need to make it
To get the flavor of pumpkin pie in a martini you'll need just a few basic ingredients. I've kept these simple so you can use whichever option you happen to have.
- Baileys Irish Cream - this is what gives the drink its sweetness and creaminess. You actually have a lot of options here - you can use any cream liqueur but I used the original Irish cream liqueur because it's easier to find. They also make a pumpkin liqueur which you can use instead (just reduce the amount of pumpkin pie spices you add to the shaker). You can also use Rumchata. Since it already has some spices in it, reduce the amount of spice blend you add.
- Vodka - the options are endless for this vodka martini. I used plain vodka because that's what I keep stocked at home. But you can use vanilla vodka, whipped cream vodka, or any other flavor that goes with pumpkin pie. You can adjust the amount to your liking.
- Pumpkin - yes, real pumpkin! You have a couple of different options here as well. I used plain pumpkin puree because this is what I use for all my fall and Thanksgiving baking, but you can use pumpkin pie filling if that's what you have.
- Pumpkin spice blend - I make my own pumpkin spice mix with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. But you can use a pre-made blend like this one. You could also use a pumpkin spice syrup if you want it a little sweeter.
- Cream - this is optional depending on how strong you like your martinis. It adds to the creaminess and tones down the alcohol. You can use heavy cream, half and half, or even coconut cream if you like.
- Maple syrup - this optional as well, depending on how sweet you like your drinks. Just add a little maple syrup to taste if you like it sweeter. Bonus: you don't have to make simple syrup for this cocktail!
Shake it up
This fall cocktail couldn't be easier to make. Just add ice and all the drink ingredients to the shaker and shake until it's perfectly blended. Strain it into your chilled martini glass.
And if you want to get fancy, you can rim the glass before you pour the drink. Try a mixture of pumpkin spice and sugar. Or use a graham cracker rim on your pumpkin martini as I did on this key lime version to mimic a pie crust.
Just pour a little maple syrup onto a small plate and dip the rim of the glass in it. Then dip in a dish of the sugar and spice mix or graham cracker crumbs.
You can even add a cinnamon stick as a stirrer or dust the top with ground cinnamon. I like to garnish the drink with a sprinkle of the pumpkin spice blend.
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- Easy Pina Colada Recipe With Coconut Milk
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- Add ice, Baileys, vodka, pumpkin, spice, and cream and syrup if using to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake until blended. Then strain into a martini glass and garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.