|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 13g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 13g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 12g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||8%|
|*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.|
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.
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, pour the vanilla vodka, cream liqueur, and pumpkin liqueur. Fill the shaker with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Grate cinnamon on top for a garnish. Serve and enjoy.
- Pumpkin is a 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.
- Rather than pumpkin liqueur, use pumpkin spice syrup—a key ingredient for pumpkin spice lattes. In the grocery store, it's usually with the coffee sweeteners.
- You can also use 3 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.