Pumpkin Pie Martini

Lately I’ve really been getting into seasonal drinks. It’s always this time of the year when I really start craving something more festive. I think most people do. As that one Christmas song (gasp, I said it and Halloween isn’t even here yet) goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and it is. Three months of holiday splendor. From ghosts and goblins, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, to visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.


Last night was one of those nights where I was craving something festive to drink, so I decided to make this pumpkin pie martini. I really enjoyed it and the sugar, cinnamon, and pecan rim really go well with the drink. It’s definitely something you could drink throughout the season whether it’s Halloween or Thanksgiving. It just screams fall holidays.


The drink is a little strong, but then again, it is a martini and they usually are. It’s a great drink to substitute that dessert with. That, or try serving it during your next fall get together. It’s a simple enough drink to make. In fact, it’s so simple that I just may have another one this evening. You should try it. It will definitely put you in the festive mood.




Serves: 2


Rimming sugar:
  • 2 tbsp finely ground pecans
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz vanilla or whipped cream vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz dark rum
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice


  1. On a shallow plate, combine ground pecans, sugar, and cinnamon. Wet the rims of two martini glasses and dip into pecan mixture. Set aside.

  2. Fill a large cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, rum, pumpkin, cream, sugar, cinnamon, and ginger.

  3. Shake vigorously, then strain into prepared martini glasses.
  4. Sprinkle with a little nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice and serve.
Recipe adapted from All Day I Dream About Food

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