Simply the best Pumpkin Pie Martini Cocktail for your holiday entertaining. Our Pumpkin Pie Martini consists of Blanton’s® Original Single Barrel Bourbon, Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur for an autumnal nutty flavor, rich Bailey’s® Irish Cream and a homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup to create an exceptional cocktail for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. If you enjoy pumpkin pie, this Pumpkin Pie Martini will send you over the moon!
A Holiday Favorite:
Pumpkin Pie Martini Cocktail
Back in November 2012, I was inspired to create my own version of the Pumpkin Pie Martini after indulging in the Pumpkin Martini by Scotty’s Brewhouse here in Indy. Since I just adore pumpkin anything, I splurged to partake in this seasonal cocktail to welcome autumn and the winter holidays.
The Pumpkin Martini at Scotty’s was a real treat. According to Scotty’s cocktail menu, their version consists of whipped cream vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur, Frangelico®, half & half cream, a graham cracker sugar rim and a caramel marbled martini glass. What caught my eye was that Scotty’s used one of my all-time favorite liqueurs, Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur, which I thought was pure genius for this special holiday cocktail.
For our version of the Pumpkin Pie Martini, I knew right away that I would be using bourbon—and, not just any ol’ bourbon, but my favorite, Blanton’s® Original Single Barrel Bourbon. (Confession: Having once lived in Lexington, KY early in my marriage, and falling in love with Blanton’s, I am always finding ways to incorporate bourbon into my baking, cooking and cocktail recipes.) To make the cocktail especially creamy and flavorful like classic pumpkin pie, I opted to include both Bailey’s® Irish Cream and half & half cream. Suddenly, the concoction started to form in my mind. I could already taste it…creamy, spicy pumpkin pie in a cocktail glass. Dreamy.
The next step was to incorporate sweetened pumpkin purée with spices typically found in traditional pumpkin pie. Wearing my baker’s hat, I immediately considered creating simple syrup made with brown sugar and infused with spices to whisk into the pumpkin purée. Surprisingly, the simple syrup came together rather easily. Aiming for 8 ounces (240 ml) of the simple syrup made sense to me—thus, making it worth the effort to prepare in advance while also making it easy to calculate for larger batches to serve a crowd. As for how much of the pumpkin spice simple syrup to use per cocktail, 1 ounce (2 tablespoons or 30 ml) worked perfectly. The recipe yields enough pumpkin spice simple syrup to make eight (8) Pumpkin Pie Martini Cocktails.
My husband and I enjoy making these Pumpkin Pie Martinis over the holiday season. Honest and truly, this cocktail is like sipping pumpkin pie from a martini glass. And, if you enjoy spiked eggnog—especially with bourbon, this Pumpkin Pie Martini will send you over the moon! Your guests will feel pampered when you serve this distinctive top-shelf cocktail—Pumpkin Pie Martini with Blanton’s® Bourbon.
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What makes our Pumpkin Pie Martini wicked good? We use a fine-quality bourbon, such as Blanton’s® Original Single Barrel Bourbon, and a homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup to create an exceptional seasonal cocktail. It’s like pumpkin pie in a martini glass!
For the Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
- ½ cup (122 g) canned or homemade pumpkin purée
- ½ cup (120 ml) purified water
- ¼ cup (50 g) granulated cane sugar
- ¼ cup (50 g) light brown cane sugar
- ½ teaspoon (1.25 g) ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon (.44 g) ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon (.25 g) ground allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon (.25 g) ground cloves
- Pinch freshly ground nutmeg
- Few drops pure vanilla extract
For the Optional Rim Garnish
- ½ cup (50 g) turbinado raw sugar
- ½ ounce (15 ml or 1 tablespoon) Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur
For the Cocktail
- Ice for cocktail shaker
- 2 ounces (60 ml or ¼ cup) Blanton’s® Original Single Barrel Bourbon
- 2 ounces (60 ml or ¼ cup) Frangelico® Hazelnut Liqueur
- 1½ ounces (45 ml or 3 tablespoons) Bailey’s® Irish Cream
- 1 ounce (30 ml or 2 tablespoons) half & half cream
- 1 ounce (30 ml or 2 tablespoons) Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup (above)
- Freshly ground nutmeg, for cocktail garnish
- Cocktail shaker
- Chilled martini glass
- Rimmed shallow plates for rim garnish, optional
- Prepare the Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine pumpkin purée, water, sugars and spices. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring often to dissolve sugars. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool completely.
- Prepare the Rim Garnish: Place turbinado raw sugar into a rimmed shallow plate. Pour Frangelico into a rimmed shallow plate. Dip rim of martini glass into the plate with the liqueur, then immediately dip into the plate with the sugar.
- Prepare the Cocktail: Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add remaining cocktail ingredients and shake vigorously, about 20 seconds. Strain into prepared martini glass. Dust cocktail with a whisper of freshly grated nutmeg and serve.
- Yield: Recipe makes 1 large Martini cocktail and enough Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup to make 8 Pumpkin Pie Martini cocktails, about 1 cup (240 ml).
The Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup can be made one (1) day in advance. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
Recipe can be prepared with fine-quality rum in lieu of bourbon. (See Shopping Suggestions below.) Also, the Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup can be made with all brown sugar (light or dark brown sugar or muscovado) for richer molasses flavor and darker color.
Wicked Good Kitchen highly recommends selecting organic ingredients whenever possible.
For this recipe, in addition to the brands of spirits featured in this recipe, we highly recommend organic granulated cane sugar, light brown cane sugar, turbinado raw sugar, pumpkin purée, spices and Organic Valley® Half & Half Cream as well as Nielsen-Massey® Organic Pure Vanilla Extract. In addition, for the rum variation above, we use and highly recommend the El Dorado™ 15 Year Old Rum which is a blend of Demerara rums ranging in age from 15 years to 25 years. The rums are aged in oak casks and then blended by the master blender to achieve a consistent flavor. El Dorado™ 15 has received numerous awards over the years including several gold medals.
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