10 Tempting Pumpkin Cocktails for Your Fall Cravings

Autumn Is Better With a Spiked Pumpkin Drink

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Every year, as the leaves begin to change, many people get a craving for all things pumpkin. Among the most popular autumn drinks are pumpkin cocktails and they're a lot of fun to mix up.

Pumpkin is a unique flavor in the cocktail world. While it's 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 holidays, there is a pumpkin cocktail recipe for every taste, occasion, and party.

Adding Pumpkin to Drinks

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 recipes use pumpkin ingredients that are more commonly used in food, including pumpkin butter, pumpkin seeds, fresh pumpkin purees, and pumpkin pie spice.

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 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; sometimes you just have to get creative!

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    Polished Princess

    Polished princess cocktail

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    The lovely polished princess cocktail is a great way to ease into pumpkin drinks. It gives your drink a gentle taste of a pumpkin pie without an overload of the flavor.

    The drink is quite simple and ​a fantastic vodka martini for fall. It pairs 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 this time it gets a pumpkin twist.

    The pumpkin old-fashioned is incredibly easy and all you need is 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, mix up the intriguing pumpkin spice cocktail. For this recipe, you will need to pick up or make your own ginger vodka.

    The play of spicy ginger against the puree is quite interesting and the lime and honey water bring it together admirably. You can also give it another flavor boost with 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 unique cocktail with a very special ingredient. To pull it off, you'll create a pumpkin-flavored Scotch whisky, an easy infusion to make at home.

    The infusion takes about two days and is worth the wait. You'll then pair the whisky with ginger liqueur, maple syrup, and lemon juice, and finished it off 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, though Bols Pumpkin Spice is one of the few that tends to stick 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 liqueur to take center stage. It's backed up by spiced rum and a little milk and cream to smooth it all out. The drink is as delicious as pumpkin pie 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.

    In it, a vanilla vodka and cream liqueur are paired up with either pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup (a puree works, too). You might find the syrup easier to find thanks to brands like Monin because they offer it annually to create all those pumpkin spiced lattes.

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    Pumpkin Pie Martini

    RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini

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    A similar recipe, the pumpkin pie martini also uses vanilla vodka. This time, however, it's paired with RumChata, a 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 seasons for over a decade, though you can always turn to pumpkin pie filling as a substitute.

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    Pumpkin Spice Martini

    Pumpkin Spice Martini
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    The pumpkin spice martini does not shy away from adding complex flavors to the pumpkin base. It's also a great option for whiskey lovers.

    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, such as 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 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, honey-braised pumpkin and bay leaves. Beyond that, the drink requires a spiced syrup and a piece of fresh ginger. It's a fascinating cocktail that is a perfect seasonal treat.

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    Thanksgiving Cider

    Thanksgiving cider recipe

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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 offered it as a seasonal release 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.