Pumpkin spice latte meets vodka martini in this easy and delicious drink. With all the flavors of fall - like pumpkin pie and cozy spices - this Pumpkin Spice Martini makes a fantastic fall drink or Thanksgiving cocktail.
The perfect cocktail for Thanksgiving dinners and fall cocktail hour, this pumpkin spice martini is a little sweet, a little decadent, and sure to be one of your new favorite fall cocktails.
We’re skipping graham crackers on the rim of the glass and other more complex garnishes in favor of a sprinkle of nutmeg, one of the key ingredients in pumpkin pie spice mix. You can also garnish this delicious cocktail with a cinnamon stick if you prefer.
- Vodka - Choose your favorite plain vodka for this recipe, or make some pumpkin infused vodka to up the pumpkin flavor.
- Pumpkin spice syrup - Make your own (get my recipe!), or buy some at the store.
- Irish cream liqueur - My preference is Five Farms brand for this recipe, but Baileys works well if that's what you have on hand.
- Heavy cream - This gives the drink a thicker texture, but you can swap this out for half and half or even whole milk if you prefer. Don't use anything lower in fat than whole milk.
- Cold brew coffee - If you don't have cold brew coffee on hand or don't want to make some, cold strong-brewed coffee will work too.
- Aromatic bitters - Angostura brand is the gold standard and my preference, but any aromatic bitters will work here.
- Fresh nutmeg (garnish) - You can use ground nutmeg, but I highly recommend buying whole nutmeg and grating it yourself. It really does taste (and smell!) so much better.
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Martini
Combine all ingredients - except nutmeg - in a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
Grate a little fresh nutmeg over the top of your drink and/or garnish with a cinnamon stick.
- Make your pumpkin spice syrup ahead of time, so it has a couple hours to chill in the fridge.
- Don’t want to buy or make cold brew coffee? Brew up strong coffee in your favorite coffee maker, then refrigerate it until you’re ready to make your cocktail.
- Don’t like nutmeg? Use a sprinkle of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick to garnish your cocktail instead of the fresh nutmeg.
Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
It takes just 10 minutes to make your own pumpkin spice simple syrup with real pumpkin puree. And since it lasts for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, you can make it days ahead of your cocktail hour.
FAQs and Substitutions
Grab your favorite plain vodka for this recipe. Vanilla vodka and other sweetened vodkas will change the taste of this drink. If you want to use a flavored vodka, infuse your favorite plain vodka with pumpkin purée using the instructions on my DIY Pumpkin Infused Vodka page.
I love Five Farms Irish Cream liqueur, but Baileys Irish Cream would be delicious as well.
If you don’t like or can’t find Irish cream liqueur, substitute another cream liqueur like RumChata for the Irish cream.
Angostura, aromatic bitters are the gold standard and available at most grocery and liquor stores. Look for it in the alcohol section of your favorite grocery store.
Nope. I like to double strain this drink - pouring it through both the cocktail shaker's strainer and a fine mesh strainer - to remove any small pieces of ice, or pumpkin puree from the syrup. If these things don't bother you, feel free to skip the extra strainer.
Turn Up the Pumpkin Flavor
Want extra pumpkin flavors in your martini? Make my DIY Pumpkin Infused Vodka and use it in place of regular vodka in this recipe.
Looking for More Pumpkin Cocktail Recipes?
Want a different kind of pumpkin cocktail? My pumpkin pie martini is sweet and delicious without any kind of dairy or cream. Or try my pumpkin ginger martini which is a refreshing take on pumpkin without any cinnamon or nutmeg to be found.