10 Tempting Pumpkin Cocktails for Your Fall Cravings

Autumn Is Better With a Spiked Pumpkin Drink

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Are you one of those drinkers who get an autumn craving for all things pumpkin? It happens every year and, as the leaves begin to change, so do our tastes. Luckily, there are a number of great pumpkin-flavored mixed drinks that you can mix up in minutes.

Pumpkin is a unique flavor in the cocktail world. While it is not the most versatile, pumpkin can be found in everything from martinis to tall drinks. From the first signs of autumn through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the December's holidays, there is a pumpkin cocktail for every taste, occasion, and party.

Adding Pumpkin to Drinks

Between all of those pumpkin lattes and pumpkin martinis, pumpkin has been a trending seasonal flavor since the early 2000s. There are a few ingredients that will add that sweet pumpkin taste to your drinks and they become relatively easy to find come fall.

Many drink recipes use pumpkin-flavored ingredients that are more commonly used in food. Pumpkin butter, seeds, fresh purees, and pumpkin pie spice are among those that crossover from the kitchen to the bar.

Starting in September, you will also notice pumpkin syrups, pumpkin vodkas, and pumpkin liqueurs appearing on store shelves. However, if you have a favorite brand it's not always a guarantee that it will be around next year. Pumpkin is a very seasonal flavor and producers cannot always keep them going.

If your favorite disappears, simply move on to the next option or learn how to make a substitute at home. There's always a way to get your pumpkin fix, but sometimes you just have to get creative!

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    Polished Princess

    Sobieski Vodka's Polished Princess Cocktail
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    The lovely polished princess cocktail is a great way to ease into pumpkin drinks. This one gives your drink a pumpkin pie flavor without an overload of pumpkin.

    The drink is quite simple and ​a fantastic vodka martini for fall. It pairs a vanilla vodka with fresh cranberries and a pinch of pumpkin spice. The egg white gives it a terrific texture and the flavor profile is one that anyone can enjoy.

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    Pumpkin Old-Fashioned

    Pumpkin Old-Fashioned
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    What can't you do with a great cocktail like the old-fashioned? This classic has been transformed countless times over the years and it's time to give it a pumpkin twist.

    The pumpkin old-fashioned is incredibly easy and requires a pumpkin puree. Combine that with bourbon, Grand Marnier, and maple syrup and you have one fine whiskey cocktail.

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    Pumpkin Spice

    Pumpkin Spice Cocktail with Skyy Vodka
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    While you have that pumpkin puree, pick up or make your own ginger vodka and enjoy the pumpkin spice cocktail recipe.

    The play of spicy ginger against the puree is quite interesting and the lime and honey water bring it together admirably. For any of these drink recipes, consider adding a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for a simple seasonal garnish. 

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    The Great Pumpkin

    The Great Pumpkin Cocktail
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    The great pumpkin is a very special cocktail with a very special ingredient. To pull off this drink, you'll be creating a pumpkin-infused Scotch whisky, an easy infusion to make at home.

    That will take about two days and is worth the effort. The whisky is paired with ginger liqueur, maple syrup, and lemon juice, and finished it with a dash of cinnamon. One taste and you'll fall in love.

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    Pumpkin Fever

    Pumpkin Fever Cocktail
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    Pumpkin-flavored liqueurs come and go each year and Bols Pumpkin Smash is one of the few that sticks around. This is great news for the pumpkin lover because it has a wonderful flavor and is a reliable mixer.

    The pumpkin fever cocktail allows the pumpkin to take center stage. That is backed up by spiced rum and a little milk and cream to smooth it all out. It's quite delicious and even better with a cinnamon sugar rim.

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    Pumpkin Martini

    Pumpkin Martini

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    Pumpkin martini recipes are everywhere and it's fun to find your personal favorite. This one is extremely simple and gives you a choice for the pumpkin ingredient.

    A vanilla vodka and cream liqueur are paired up with either pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup. You might find the syrup easier to find thanks to brands like Monin. They offer it annually to create all those pumpkin spiced lattes.

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    Pumpkin Pie Martini

    RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini


    A similar recipe, the pumpkin pie martini also uses vanilla vodka. This time, however, it's paired with RumChata, that popular cream liqueur.

    This recipe also uses a pumpkin liqueur and another of the more reliable options is Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur. It has been relatively easy to find throughout the fall and winter since 2008. It may not be the best pumpkin liqueur, but it does make a good drink.

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    Pumpkin Spice Martini

    Pumpkin Spice Martini
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    Tired of all the vodka? Whiskey lovers will want to turn to the pumpkin spice martini. It's far more interesting than most and does not shy away from adding complex flavors to the pumpkin base.

    Once again, you'll need a pumpkin liqueur. Add that to a robust rye whiskey, then pour a little triple sec and a hint of an anise liqueur like absinthe. The egg white marries the flavors perfectly and creates a pumpkin cocktail that is sure to impress.

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    Spiced Pumpkin Martini

    Belvedere Vodka's Spiced Pumpkin Martini
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    Beyond the liqueurs, you can also use a pumpkin-flavored vodka to create an amazing martini. While there are commercial options available, you can also make your own in just a few hours.

    The spiced pumpkin martini recipe relies on a homemade spiced pumpkin vodka, which is made with roasted pumpkin and bay leaves. Beyond that, the drink only requires a spiced syrup and a piece of fresh ginger.

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    Thanksgiving Cider

    Thanksgiving Cider with Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
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    When it comes to pumpkin vodkas that you can buy, the most reliable is Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie. It seems to be one of the regulars of this niche, as the brand has released it seasonally since 2013. 

    To put the vodka to good use, try the super easy Thanksgiving cider recipe. It's perfect for holiday entertaining and the only other ingredients you need are apple cider and club soda.