Pumpkin Pie Martini

RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
406 Calories
13g Fat
13g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 406
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 99mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

As the leaves begin to turn their autumn colors, all thoughts turn to pumpkin. In the drink world, that includes the pursuit for the perfect pumpkin martini. When that craving for all things pumpkin hits, you'll love this delicious RumChata recipe.

The creamy liqueur is made with dairy cream and has hints of cinnamon and vanilla, so it's an ideal foundation for a sweet pumpkin cocktail.  The recipe uses a pumpkin liqueur, though that can be hard to find. Pumpkin spice syrup and even pumpkin pie filling are good substitutes. A shot of vanilla vodka marries the two liqueurs and creates a fantastic three-ingredient dessert cocktail that's sure to please.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini
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  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the vanilla vodka, cream liqueur, and pumpkin liqueur. Fill the shaker with ice.

    Making a RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini
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  3. Shake well.

    Shaking a RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini
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  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Straining a RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini
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  5. Grate cinnamon on top for a garnish. Serve and enjoy.

    RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini with grated cinnamon on top
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Tips

  • Pumpkin is a very seasonal flavor, and very few liquor companies make pumpkin liqueur. Many have tried over the years, but the majority do not make a repeat appearance. The exceptions are Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice and Bols Pumpkin Spice; both have been reliable in the past.
  • Search your local stores to see what brands are available in any particular year. If you find one you really like, stock up. Remember that liqueurs have sugar that decreases the shelf life. You may get a second year out of an unopened bottle, but don't count on it.

Variation

  • Rather than pumpkin liqueur, use pumpkin spice syrup. A key ingredient for pumpkin spice lattes, you can typically find it among coffee sweeteners.
  • You can also use three tablespoons of pumpkin pie filling for this martini.

How Strong Is the Pumpkin Pie Martini?

The pumpkin pie martini is both delicious and delightfully light on the alcohol. With a pumpkin liqueur, it has an alcohol content of just 11 percent ABV (22 proof). If you opt for one of the nonalcoholic pumpkin mixers, it's even lower than that.

Is a Pumpkin Pie Martini a Good Pairing for Pumpkin Pie?

The general rule for food and cocktail pairings is to avoid matching flavors. Under that theory, a pumpkin martini is not a great match for pumpkin pie. However, this particular cocktail is more cream than pumpkin. When made with pumpkin spice liqueur or syrup, it could be a delicious complement to a piece of pumpkin pie. The martini would also be excellent with cheesecake or a chocolate dessert.


Other good drinks for pumpkin pie, include a chocolate martini, whiskey Manhattan, cinnamon coffee, and spiced seasonal beers. You can also try fortified wines; Madeira, tawny port, and sweet sherry are the best picks.

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