The vodka is Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie and this recipe is one of the brand's signature drinks for the seasonal liquor. Traditional pumpkin pie spices round out the vodka and they're the perfect complement to the Irish cream and half and half. The three ingredients combine to create a creamy dessert drink that will have you coming back for more.
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with cinnamon sugar.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, Irish cream, and half and half.
Shake vigorously to ensure the creams are thoroughly mixed.
Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick, if you like.
The Cinnamon Sugar Rim
The cinnamon sugar for the rim is quite easy to make. Simply mix 1 part ground cinnamon with 2 parts sugar until it becomes a uniform brown. Place this in a tray or flat dish. Wet the rim of a glass with a lime or a touch of half and half and roll the rim around in the sugar to get an even coat. Shake off any excess in the sink or over the garbage.
Finding the Pumpkin Vodka
Any pumpkin drink lover who gets an autumnal craving for the flavor knows that finding pumpkin-flavored liquor can be a challenge. The good news is that Pinnacle's vodka is one of the most reliable on the market. Since its release in 2012, it has made a regular appearance each autumn and many liquor stores choose to stock it through the December holidays.
Granted, that might change in the future. This is an extremely seasonal flavor and because of that, many companies won't invest the time and money into it. There is also the possibility that you'll come across another pumpkin vodka from time to time. When you discover a new one, give it a try. Just don't hold your breath that you'll find it again next year!
Make Your Own Pumpkin Vodka
When a search at the liquor store fails, consider making your own pumpkin vodka. The pumpkin infusion used in Belvedere Vodka's spiced pumpkin martini is a great place to begin and can be done in just one day. It doesn't have the sweet pie-like flavor of Pinnacle's, but that can be fixed.
To sweeten a DIY pumpkin vodka, take the homemade liqueur approach. This amaretto recipe, for instance, uses a brown sugar syrup that would be a fantastic base for pumpkin. It's incredibly easy to make and adds just one more step to the infusion.
Add the syrup while blending the pumpkin water with the vodka, sweetening it to taste. If you have leftover syrup, refrigerate it and use it to sweeten your tea, coffee, or other cocktails.
More Pumpkin Vodka Cocktails
While you have your pumpkin vodka, try it in other recipes. It may be seasonal, but it's very useful as a substitute and the cocktails you can create with it are quite fun!
For example, pumpkin vodka is a good alternative to pumpkin liqueurs, especially if you choose to sweeten it. Pair it with a vanilla vodka in RumChata's pumpkin pie martini or with a ginger vodka as a substitute for the puree in the pumpkin spice cocktail.
If you prefer vodka over other liquors, simply switch it out! The great pumpkin, for instance, calls for a pumpkin scotch but could definitely work with the lighter vodka base.
And, there's no need for a substitution with a recipe like the Thanksgiving cider! It also calls for Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie and is a refreshing delight to serve with any meal during the season.