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Pumpkin Pie Martini

This pumpkin pie martini is basically a pumpkin pie in a cocktail glass. Made with pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka, and a pumpkin caramel syrup, it’s a pumpkin cocktail that will have you in the fall spirit in no time at all!

(This recipe for Pumpkin Pie Martinis was originally posted in October 2010, but has been updated with new photos and content in 2018).

Head-on close-up view of a pumpkin pie martini on a marble surface with a second one, maple leaves, and a jar of caramel sauce in the background and "Pumpkin Pie Martini" text at the top

Listen up, all you pumpkin haters. It’s time for you to simmer down. See, pumpkin spice sentiment has come a long way since I launched this blog back in 2008. Back then, pumpkin was just starting to become super trendy. And for quite a few years it was all the rage to the point where it became a bit, dare I say, basic? But guess what? The times have changed. Now, I can barely get through a day where I don’t see some sort of pumpkin hatred and vitriol out there. It’s to the point that pumpkin hatred has now become trendy and yes, basic. It’s almost like people enjoy bragging about how they don’t like pumpkin and want some sort of medal for it. Please just let us pumpkin lovers live in peace with something simple that makes us happy for a short period of time each year. I’d rather be a lover than a hater any day. End rant (and seriously, if you don’t like pumpkin, that’s perfectly OK… But please just let me have it).

That said, I do kind of feel the need to apologize for posting a pumpkin recipe when it’s 90-something degrees out (in New England… It’s not like I live in California or something). But lots of people are already getting into the spirit and searching for pumpkin recipes on my blog and this pumpkin pie martini first made in 2010 is already getting a fair amount of traffic. And it was in desperate need of a photo upgrade. I’m also happy to say I made a few improvements to the recipe from the first time I made it back in 2010. Now, this pumpkin martini is back and better than ever. And the photos don’t look like they were taken with a camera phone in the middle of the night (at least I hope they don’t. Please don’t tell me if you think they do).

PUMPKIN PIE MARTINI

Like an espresso martini, the pumpkin pie martini is more of a dessert, or at least after dinner, martini. Though I did have to recipe test these quite a few times and certainly wasn’t opposed to enjoying them in the afternoon (all a part of the life of a blogger!). They’re incredibly easy to make, but they do involve a pumpkin pie caramel syrup that you’ll want to make ahead of time so it can cool. However, you can also buy a store-bought caramel and add pumpkin pie spice in (or make your own) and use that instead. It will be thicker than the syrup, but when shaken up with the other ingredients, it should blend in (just make sure it’s fully cooled to room temperature or it will harden when it hits the ice). If you are making your own caramel, make sure the recipe you use is for a caramel that stays more liquid-y at room temperature. I made this a ton of times with lots of different types caramel and can honestly say it’s delicious no matter what you use.

To make the caramel syrup, you simply need to caramelize sugar and then add warm water and pumpkin pie spice to it. If your mixture hardens after you add the water to it (I’ve heard this feedback from some and had it happen to me once, as well), simply put the saucepan back on the burner over medium-low heat and it should turn back to liquid in no time.

Collage showing pumpkin caramel syrup making, including one photo showing sugar caramelizing and one showing finished syrup in pan

You’ll definitely have enough syrup for quite a few cocktails and you may also be tempted to eat it with a spoon because it is ridiculous good.

Head-on view of mason jar filled with pumpkin caramel syrup

 

When you have your caramel syrup or caramel ready, just put it in a shaker along with the pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka, and some ice. Obviously, you’re gonna want a sugar/pumpkin pie spice rim on those martini glasses!

Strain the mixture into your martini glass and sprinkle some more pumpkin pie spice on top.

And enjoy your night. I’m not even kidding when I say this tastes exactly like a pumpkin pie. The pumpkin puree gives it a little thickness, but it’s not too thick by any means. Next time I’m totally going to make little pie crust garnishes because yum.

Head-on close-up view of a pumpkin pie martini on a marble surface with a second one, maple leaves, and a jar of caramel sauce in the background

This cocktail is packed with the flavors of fall and the kind of drink that will totally hit the spot once the temperature falls just a littttle bit. Some people enjoy pumpkin throughout the whole year (after all, the puree is always available!), but I try to only indulge from September to Thanksgiving. Otherwise I fear I will go on overload. And I certainly don’t want to become a pumpkin hater!

Of course, this pumpkin pie martini is the kind of drink you likely only want to have one of. OK, maybe two. But it is pretty sweet. Just like pumpkin pie šŸ™‚

Landscape photo of two pumpkin pie martinis on a marble surface with jar of caramel sauce in the background, along with maple leaves and a small glitter pumpkin

I don’t even want to admit how many times I’ll probably make this from now until Thanksgiving. That is, when I’m not enjoying pumpkin beer. Can we talk about how many pumpkin beers are on the market now?? It’s absolutely insane. But I’m not complaining.

Head-on view of pumpkin pie martini on a marble surface with a second one, jar of caramel sauce, and maple leaves in the background

If you’re not a pumpkin fan, stay far far away from this cocktail. But just maybe you can work to unite the world in some small way and make this for a friend who does like pumpkin. You can tell them, “even though I don’t like pumpkin, I know you do and I want you to be happy.” And then you can gleefully accept your pumpkin haters medal with pride.

What’s your favorite fall drink?

If you’re looking for more pumpkin recipes, check out my sour cream pumpkin pie bundt cakeor my pumpkin spice linzer cookies.

5 from 3 votes
Pumpkin Pie Martini -- This pumpkin pie martini is basically a pumpkin pie in a cocktail glass. Made with pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka, and a pumpkin caramel syrup, it's a pumpkin cocktail that will have you in the fall spirit in no time | wearenotmartha.com
Pumpkin Pie Martini
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Syrup Cooling Time
30 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This pumpkin pie martini is basically a pumpkin pie in a cocktail glass. Made with pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka, and a pumpkin caramel syrup, it's a pumpkin cocktail that will have you in the fall spirit in no time!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Eclectic
Keyword: cocktail, Pumpkin, Vodka
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Sues
Ingredients
  • Pumpkin pie spice, for glass rim and cocktail garnish
  • Granulated sugar, for glass rim
  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka (you can also use regular vodka with 1 tsp vanilla extract added in)
  • 3 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Caramel Syrup recipe below (you can also use homemade or store-bought caramel with pumpkin pie spice mixed in)
  • Ice
Pumpkin Caramel
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Mix pumpkin pie spice and sugar on a small plate. Moisten rim of glass (either with water or simple syrup) and roll in mixture to coat in pumpkin pie spice/sugar.

  2. In a shaker, combine the vodka, pumpkin pie puree, pumpkin caramel syrup (or caramel), and ice cubes. Shake well.

  3. Strain into prepared martini glass. Sprinkle more pumpkin pie spice over top.

Pumpkin Caramel Syrup
  1. Place sugar in medium saucepan set over medium heat. Without stirring, let sugar melt until it's completely liquid and a light amber color.

  2. Remove pan from heat and pour in the warm water. The mixture will sizzle and bubble and some of the sugar may harden. if this happens, return saucepan to heat and simmer until mixture is liquid again.

  3. Pour syrup in jar or heat-proof bowl, mix in pumpkin pie spice, and let cool completely before using in cocktail.

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40 Responses to "Pumpkin Pie Martini"

  1. Kelsey says:

    What I really like about this is that it doesn’t involve any obscure and expensive liqueurs

  2. Spyder Darling says:

    Oh Great Pumpkin’s ghost, this looks delish, how about a dollop of whipped cream for garnish?

  3. Erica says:

    Dessert in a glass! Looks so pretty.

  4. Lauren says:

    I’m not typically a cocktail drinker, but this looks amazing! I will definitely have to gather all of the necessary ingredients to make one (or a few) :).

    This weekend, I will be sipping on mostly water – my husband and I are going hiking out in the Berkshires today! Oh, and I’m bringing a bottle of Kombucha because it’s totally necessary ;).

    Enjoy the weekend!

  5. Lauren at KeepItSweet says:

    what a great idea for a fall dinner party or cocktail hour! impressive that you held out til friday:-)

  6. Lizzy says:

    OMG! I’m sittin here getting ready for my long run and now I want that martini. Doesn’t seem like good pre-run fuel though! Great idea with the simple syrup. I will be making this tomorrow!

  7. Joanne says:

    Anything with this much pumpkin pie goodness in it seems like the perfect way to start a Friday night. I’m all over this.

  8. Umm YUM! Think I will be trying these tonight!

  9. Shannon says:

    wow. totally digging that, looks fabulous!

  10. Bridget says:

    Mmmm that sounds delicious and I’m not usually a big martini fan!

  11. Melissa says:

    Love this drink recipe!

  12. sassy molassy says:

    Mmm…sounds fun. I tried making a homemade pumpkin spice latte and the pumpkin just made it too thick tasting for me. But a vodka based drink might be totally different. I’ll be drinking red wine tonight. Simple, easy, yummy.

  13. dinners and dreams says:

    Super cool drink. Happy Halloween!

    Nisrine

  14. emily says:

    nothing says happy fall weekend like a delish pumpkin cocktail! way to be creative, sues!

  15. Chloe says:

    Definitely going to try these this weekend. Celebrating halloween moving into a new apartment. Cocktails are a must!

  16. Yummmm!! I love sweet, sweet martinis. I just got some pumpkin ice cream from Trader Joe’s – maybe I should make some pumpkin martinis and call it a meal šŸ˜‰

  17. Katie@Cozydelicious says:

    Oooh, now this is my kind of pumpkin pie! Yum! I’ve actually been doing pomegranate martinis lately, but these look awesome!

  18. Manon says:

    Pumpkin pie martini? PUMPKIN PIE MARTINI?!?!?! This just made my LIFE. And, I may finally have found a way to get my mom DRUNK! WOOT WOOT!

  19. Maris (In Good Taste) says:

    I wish I had seen these last night! We made caramel apple martinis which were awesome but I do love me some pumpkin šŸ™‚

  20. emily @ the happy home says:

    this is, like, the PERFECT “eh, it’s noon on thanksgiving, let’s start drinking while we cook” drink. LOVE IT.

  21. Katie says:

    yummy!!! the perfect drink for the month of November!

  22. Velva says:

    What an interesting martini-It tastes just like pumpkin pie? Really? You know I love cocktails and I am always searching for a new one. This is a cool one. I gotta tell you, I am planning to up the vodka in this one. šŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing this one with us!

  23. Kerstin says:

    Wish I had one of these right now – looks so yummy!

  24. sweetersalt says:

    This sounds so good! I made pumpkin bellinis for a Halloween party this weekend. I found them super tasty, others find them weird. Sigh. I guess they just don’t understand the punkin’ love.

    Laura

  25. Sophie @ yumventures says:

    Now that Halloween is over I’m definitely making these for Thanksgiving!

  26. MichellePC says:

    This looks great! I have a bottle of vanilla vodka that I’ve been trying to use in new drinks – I recently saw a simple recipe for Shipyard Pumpkinhead with a shot of vanilla vodka in it. It’s really tasty!

  27. Pam @ Kitchen Cookware says:

    Wow, this pumpkin martini is cool, sounds like great! You are great as Martha in my opinion.

  28. Bakeolicious says:

    Wow, I would never have thought of a pumpkin martini but this looks fabulous.

    Iā€™d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new baking photo gallery showcasing the beautiful baking, sweets and desserts, and of course cocktails.

  29. Irina G says:

    AAAAAMAZING! I must try this immediately!

  30. Rachel says:

    These look beautiful! I was going to try one similar to this with the addition of chocolate liquor šŸ™‚

  31. Sharlene says:

    Heaven! This drink is right up my alley!

  32. Daisy says:

    catcing up on some blog reading now that I’m home!! this looks delicious, l love a good pumpkin martini but have never made my own. sorry you guys didnt make it any further in the project. you shouldhave won! (i wonder who will…..)

  33. Becki Sue says:

    I just made these. Delicious! I’m going to try to find another way to use up the rest of the caramel. That stuff is good!!

  34. Sierra says:

    My only disappointment is that I found this recipe at 7am and now I want one! Can’t wait to try this, thank you!!

  35. Diane says:

    Success!! I tried another pumpkin martini recipe and gagged it was so bad…the one I made was not sweet at all and way too much booze! This one was perfect as is however for a pinch of creaminess that is reminicent of pumpkin pie I added a splash of cream….hey all the calories are already there…what’s a splash of cream…it really bumps it up!! Thank you for this recipe…the carmel pumkin pie syrup is really the shining star in this drink!!

  36. Ruth says:

    WAIT! Make it easier! Instead of the carmelized sugar syrup….just a LITTTTLE bit of REAL maple syrup! OMGoodness!!! All else is the same. I also grated orange zest and added an orange twist…simply marvelous!

  37. Krissy Allori says:

    This looks like the perfect drink recipe for the upcoming Fall season!

  38. April says:

    OMG yaaassssss!! Pumpkin spice everything! Can’t wait to try this one!

  39. Erica Acevedo says:

    I’ll never understand all the hate for pumpkin. I say PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS! Including my martinis <3 This looks delightful and I can't wait to try it!!!

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