The Pumpkin Spice Martini combines all the flavors of Fall into one dessert-worthy cocktail. With its maple butter and pumpkin pie spiced rim, the vanilla and pumpkin vodkas, and the Rumchata, this drink is perfect for Autumnal gatherings, live or virtual, or for a quiet candlelit evening alone.
Pumpkin is a quintessential Fall flavor that at times, can be overdone. JK, pumpkin cannot be overdone, EVER!
I simply cannot get enough, as evidenced by my recurring trips to Trader Joe's to stock up on some of their most glorious season treats, wrapped in orange and flavor courtesy of my favorite gourd.
Pumpkin body butter - check.
Pumpkin brioche bread - check.
Pumpkin ravioli - check.
Pumpkin butter - check, check, check!
This year I stumbled upon an item I hadn't noticed before: Maple Butter. My first thought was to use this as a rimmer with some pumpkin pie spice for a fun Fall cocktail. That inspiration led to the creation of this Pumpkin Spice Martini.
Fall cocktail collection
I love Fall inspired cocktails, and this pumpkin spice martini is a welcome addition to our growing collection here on Sip and Feast.
If Fall flavors are your thing, you may want to check out some of our other Autumn cocktails, like our apple cider old fashioned, our apple pie a la mode martini, and because pumpkin can never be overdone, our pumpkin spice bourbon milk punch.
We host Thanksgiving almost every year and last year this cranberry moscow mule was our featured drink.
We've also made these fantastic pumpkin mules in previous years.
This year, to change things up a bit we plan to serve this Pumpkin Spice Martini. And for the kids, the non-alcoholic version of the Apple Pie a la Mode martini mentioned above.
For something you can take with you to a football or soccer game, check out these Instant Pot pulled pork Italian-style sandwiches.
But my favorite dish for Fall evenings is this sausage and apple stuffed acorn squash because it is hearty, warming, and invokes thoughts of harvest and home.
How to make it
First, gather your ingredients. You will need maple butter and pumpkin pie spice for the rim, plus pumpkin vodka, vanilla vodka, and Rumchata.
About 15 minutes before you are going to make your drink, stick your martini glass in the freezer to chill it.
This is not mandatory, but it really helps up the dessert factor for this drink because it ensures a frostier beverage.
Begin by spreading some maple butter in a dish large enough to place the rim of the martini glass, and to another dish, add about a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, spread out.
We used Trader Joe's maple butter for our recipe. If you cannot find this, you can use any liquid that will allow the spice to adhere to the glass, such as maple syrup or the pumpkin or vanilla vodka.
Gently dip the rim into the butter. Then, dip the rim into the pumpkin spice.
You will not use all of the pumpkin spice but if you are making more than one drink you can continue to draw from the same dish.
To a cocktail shaker, add vanilla vodka, pumpkin vodka, Rumchata, and some ice. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.
Strain and pour into the chilled, maple-spice rimmed martini glass.
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- 2 ounces Rumchata
- 1 ounce Pumpkin vodka
- 1 ounce Vanilla vodka
- 1 tablespoon Pumpkin pie spice for the rim
- 1 tablespoon Maple butter for the rim
- 1 cup ice for your shaker
- To a plate large enough to fit the rim of your martini glass, spread the maple butter, and dip the rim of your glass ensuring there is a thin layer of maple butter.
- To a plate large enough to fit the rim of your martini glass, add the pumpkin pie spice and dip/roll the maple buttered portion of the glass ensuring that the spice sticks to the maple butter.
- To a cocktail shaker, add ice, vanilla and pumpkin vodkas, and the rumchata.
- Shake for about 20 seconds, before straining and pouring into your maple and pumpkin spice rimmed glass.
- Serve immediately.
- If you have time, chill your glass in the freezer ahead of time for 10-15 minutes. This will help ensure a frosty cocktail.
- We used Crop Pumpkin vodka for this recipe. If you are unable to locate Pumpkin vodka, you can certainly substitute for plain or caramel vodka.
- If you cannot locate maple butter, you can use maple syrup or just the vodka to create a wet enough rim for the spice to stick to. Alternatively, you can skip the rim and just add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice to the top of the cocktail once mixed/poured.