Pumpkin Pie Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol by volume:20%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Pumpkin Pie Martini is a modern cocktail that embodies the flavors of the classic American dessert, pumpkin pie. It's particularly popular in the fall and around Thanksgiving. It's a hit among those who enjoy dessert cocktails and has a special appeal for fans of pumpkin spice.

  • Origins: While the exact origin is unclear, it likely started appearing in bars as the pumpkin spice trend took off.
  • Popularity: Gained traction in the early 2000s with the rise of flavored vodkas.
  • Audience: Perfect for those with a sweet tooth and a love for autumnal flavors.

How Pumpkin Pie Martini Tastes?

The Pumpkin Pie Martini is a creamy and sweet concoction with a warm spice profile. It has the richness of pumpkin puree, the smoothness of vanilla vodka, and the depth of aged rum. The maple syrup adds a touch of autumn sweetness, while the pumpkin pie spice provides a comforting blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove notes.

Interesting facts about Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • Seasonal Favorite: This cocktail is a favorite during the fall season, especially in the United States.
  • Versatile Spirit: Vanilla vodka is a key ingredient, but this cocktail can also be made with plain vodka for a less sweet version.
  • Dessert in a Glass: Often served as a dessert drink, it's a liquid homage to the beloved pumpkin pie.


A few good options for Pumpkin Pie Martini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Vanilla Vodka

Vanilla vodka is used as the base spirit, giving a smooth, sweet undertone akin to the crust of a good pumpkin pie. It also complements the pumpkin spice flavors. If you pour more than 2.5oz, you might overpower the other flavors; less and you lose that cozy vanilla essence. If not available, try plain vodka and a splash of vanilla extract.

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Aged Rum

Aged rum adds a depth of flavor with its subtle notes of vanilla and spice that echo pumpkin pie's warmth. 1.5oz is balanced—it's noticeable without hijacking the cocktail. No rum? Try bourbon for a bolder twist.

Emma Rose

Pumpkin Puree

This is where your martini gets its pumpkin credentials! Skip it, and well, it's not a Pumpkin Pie Martini anymore. Use 0.25c to avoid a sludgy texture—think 'essence of pumpkin' rather than 'pumpkin soup'.

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Maple Syrup

Maple syrup brings sweetness and autumnal vibes. 3tbsp is enough to sweeten without turning your cocktail into a syrupy mess. Honey could be an alternative, but maple's unique flavor is key here.

Alex Green


Creaminess is crucial, and 0.25c gives that luscious mouthfeel without making it too thick. Milk can be a lighter substitute, but why skimp on indulgence in a dessert martini?

Emma Rose

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Without it, you're missing the 'pie'! It's a symphony of spices in a mere 0.25tsp that elevates the drink. Too much could be overpowering; too little and the drink feels flat. No spice mix? Make your own with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Mary Mitkina

Ice Cubes

They're not just here to chill; they're shaking up this party! They help dilute and balance the flavors. No ice means a less integrated, possibly over-strong drink.

Alex Green

Whipped Topping

As needed, because we all deserve a little whimsy. Plus, it looks gorgeous. Go without, and you deny your martini its full festive potential.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Pumpkin Pie Martini Drink

  1. Chill Glasses: Place two martini glasses in the freezer to chill.
  2. Prepare Whipped Cream: Line a small tray with parchment paper and dollop whipped cream onto it. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  3. Mix Cocktail: In a shaker, combine vanilla vodka, aged rum, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, half-and-half, pumpkin pie spice, and ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  4. Serve: Strain into chilled martini glasses, top with a piece of frozen whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice.

Pro Tips

  • Shake Well: Ensure you shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to fully blend the pumpkin puree with the other ingredients.
  • Garnish Creatively: Use a cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of nutmeg for an extra festive touch.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality maple syrup and fresh pumpkin puree for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Mini Quiches: The creamy and savory flavor of mini quiches complements the sweet and spiced notes of the Pumpkin Pie Martini.
  • Stuffed Mushrooms: Earthy mushrooms stuffed with cheese or sausage offer a nice counterbalance to the martini's sweetness.


  • Pecan Pie Bars: The nuttiness of pecan complements the pumpkin and spice flavors in the cocktail.
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream: A simple scoop of vanilla ice cream can accentuate the vanilla tones in the vodka and provide a cooling contrast.


  • Aged Cheddar: The sharpness of the cheese can cut through the creamy sweetness of the martini.
  • Gouda: Its caramel notes could blend well with the maple and pumpkin flavors.

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What you could change in Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • Vodka: If vanilla vodka is unavailable, use plain vodka and add a splash of vanilla extract.
  • Rum: Bourbon can be a suitable substitute for aged rum, adding a different but complementary flavor profile.
  • Half-and-Half: For a lighter version, use milk or for a richer cocktail, use heavy cream.

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Espresso Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • Ingredients: Replace half of the vanilla vodka with espresso vodka for a caffeinated kick.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, using 1.25oz vanilla vodka and 1.25oz espresso vodka.
  • Flavor Change: Adds a robust coffee flavor that complements the pumpkin and spices and gives you a pick-me-up.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • Ingredients: Add 1oz of chocolate liqueur.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe adding the chocolate liqueur with the other ingredients.
  • Flavor Change: Introduces a velvety chocolate layer that marries delightfully with the pumpkin.

Nutty Pumpkin Pie Martini

  • Ingredients: Use 1.5oz hazelnut liqueur instead of aged rum.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but swap the rum for the hazelnut liqueur.
  • Flavor Change: Offers a nutty twist that hints at the flavors of a praline pumpkin pie.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pumpkin Pie Martini

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

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Frequently Asked Questions on Pumpkin Pie Martini

How do I store leftover Pumpkin Pie Martini?

Leftover cocktails should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consumed within a day to maintain the best quality and flavor.

Can Pumpkin Pie Martini be made in batch for a party?

Yes, you can multiply the ingredients according to the number of guests and mix in a large pitcher or bowl. Just add the ice and do the final shake just before serving to keep it cool and well-blended.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Pumpkin Pie Martini?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version using pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and half-and-half. Replace the alcohol with a mixture of non-alcoholic vanilla flavoring and sparkling water or ginger ale for the fizzy effect.

What is the best way to get a frothy texture in the Pumpkin Pie Martini?

A vigorous shake is essential for creating a frothy texture. Additionally, using a high-quality cocktail shaker and making sure your half-and-half is very cold can help create a frothier consistency.

How do I serve the Pumpkin Pie Martini at a dinner party?

Chill your martini glasses ahead of time, prepare the cocktail mix in advance and give it a quick shake before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for an elegant presentation.

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