Warm spices - without a hint of pumpkin - make this Holiday Spice martini with RumChata is the perfect drink to sip throughout the fall and right into the Holiday Season.
Holidays and warm spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves - seem to go hand in hand. Since those are also known as "pumpkin pie spices," pumpkin also tends to be added into the mix. But I want something to drink WITH a pumpkin dessert that isn't also pumpkin. So we're skipping the pumpkin liqueur and pumpkin pureé for this Holiday Spice martini, and leaving in all the spicy goodness.
Prepare your Coupe or Martini Glass
Combine cinnamon and sugar in a shallow dish.
Wet rim of glass with a little half and half.
Carefully dip the rim in the cinnamon sugar mixture until the rim is coated.
Set glass aside.
How to Make a Holiday Spice Martini
Combine Rumchata, vodka, brandy, half and half, cinnamon syrup, and Orleans bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake it up!
Strain into your prepared glass.
Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.
Make Your Cinnamon Simple Syrup
With only three ingredients, cinnamon simple syrup is easy to make, but it does have to be made ahead of time! Get the recipe and instructions over on my Cinnamon Syrup page.
FAQs and Substitutions
Rumchata is a sweet, rum based liqueur that's full of cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. It's delicious to sip straight over ice or use in a dessert cocktail like this one!
Yes. You can use milk, but it will reduce the creaminess of the drink. If you decide to change the recipe to milk, use whole milk. This drink isn't nearly as good with 2%, 1%, or fat free milk. (Trust me, I've tried.) 😉
You make it! Get the recipe and storage info on my Cinnamon Simple Syrup page.
If you don't have Orleans bitters on hand or don't like the anise taste in Orleans bitters, substitute aromatic bitters to compliment the cinnamon in the RumChata.