- Chill a martini glass or coupe.
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice, pumpkin spice liqueur, vanilla vodka, Irish cream, and allspice dram.
- Shake to chill.
- Strain into chilled glass.
- Garnish with ground nutmeg, sprinkling on mix and glass.
Variations and Substitutions
Like any pumpkin spice drink, there's room to play with flavors or change the profile based on personal taste. A few of these are great if you're missing ingredients or don't enjoy a particular spirit.
- Spiced rum can take the place of allspice dram and vodka.
- Use vanilla schnapps for a creamier taste.
- A splash of hazelnut liqueur makes a rich addition.
- Skip the Irish cream to omit dairy, adding a splash of whiskey instead.
The garnish of the pumpkin spice martini is relatively simple to begin with, but that doesn't mean you need to keep it simple.
- Add a graham cracker rim by first dipping the rim in honey then a saucer of finely crushed crumbs.
- Use a small amount of orange zest for a small pop of orange.
- For a bigger orange pop, add an orange peel twist.
- A pumpkin candy on a cocktail pick adds a festive look.
About Pumpkin Spice Martinis
Similar to other flavored martinis, the pumpkin spice martini is a result of enjoying fall flavors in a new way. Typically enjoyed as a coffee or something in an old-fashioned, the pumpkin spice martini is a modern martini. While the exact origin of its inception will quite possibly never be ascertained, it started to rise in popularity in more recent years.
The recipe will change slightly from bar to bar--each establishment has its own idea and approach of how to best pack in the pumpkin spice flavors. However, there's no wrong way to enjoy.
Spice It up for Fall
When those cool fall days come knocking on your door, or maybe you need a hint of fall during the peak of summer, a pumpkin spice martini will be there for you. With just the right hint of spices and that creamy pumpkin flavor, any moment is quickly transformed into an autumn paradise.