Depending on the year, a good pumpkin-flavored liquor can be difficult to find. While a number of distillers try their hand at this very seasonal—and very popular—flavor, few end up making it past a year or two of production. Pinnacle Vodka is one of the brands that has seemingly found success with it.
In the fall of 2012, Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka made its debut on the market. It continues to be one of the few that makes an appearance on liquor store shelves each autumn. It is sweet, rather delicious, and a delight for anyone who loves a good pumpkin cocktail. You'll find that this one is also delicate enough in its pumpkin taste that it can appeal to drinkers who are prone to shy away from the flavor.
Sweet Pumpkin Pie in a Glass
Pinnacle's take on pumpkin-flavored vodka is a little sweeter than others that have gone before it. This is only appropriate considering it's made by a brand that has capitalized on the dessert-flavored vodka trend over the last decade. It is in keeping with their whipped cream and cake vodkas, which certainly made a splash in the market on their release.
Pinnacle's take on the pumpkin pie includes whipped cream alongside the sweet pumpkin and the traditional spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. It ends up being a fair balance that gets as close to a piece of pumpkin pie done up with a dollop of cream as a vodka can get.
Production & Availability
Like all of Pinnacle's vodkas, it is distilled five times from winter wheat in France. Flavorings are added to mimic the taste of a pumpkin pie. It is bottled at 35 percent alcohol by volume (70 proof), as are most flavored vodkas. You can also expect to pay somewhere around $10 for a 750ml bottle.
As far as availability goes, this bottle of Pinnacle seems to be a regular offering. It can often be found on liquor store shelves starting in September and through the winter holidays. A number of online sellers have also offered it year-round. And yet, as with any pumpkin-flavored distilled spirit, all of this is subject to change at any time.
The vodka's fragrance is a delicate, fresh-from-the-oven pumpkin pie, subtly marked by spices. It is a surprisingly smooth vodka, sweetened slightly and has a natural pumpkin taste with an invigorating amount of spice. The finish is warming, lasting, and has a slight alcohol taste.
Drinking Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
This vodka is good on its own—either neat or on the rocks—and it is a fun way to give popular cocktails a fall twist. If you choose to drink it on its own, do be conscious that its sweetness disguises the taste of alcohol and it is very easy to drink a little too much.
When it comes to mixing Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie, there are some obvious flavor pairings you can turn to. Cranberry, apple, and cream are good places to begin. Vanilla is a great option as well and you'll enjoy the pumpkin undertones in a simple vanilla martini. If you have a craving for pumpkin lattes, create a spiked version by using this vodka rather than vanilla in a recipe like the vanilla latte.
The vodka is really nice in a simple highball with apple cider and club soda, as seen in the Thanksgiving Cider recipe. Garnish that with a cinnamon stick if you'd like to enhance the pumpkin pie's spices. Cranberry and club soda make another tasty and simple mixed drink, resulting in a sparkling twist on the famous Cape Codder (aka vodka cranberry).
Also, feel free to mix it into your favorite vodka cocktails with ingredients like Irish cream or crème de cacao. The mudslide and chocolate martini are two recipes that do rather well with a hint of pumpkin.
Ginger is a natural complement to pumpkin as well. You may want to try this vodka in either a ginger martini or Moscow mule. Yet another delightful drink for this is the pink honey martini where it would be paired with Barenjager honey liqueur and cranberry.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.