Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini

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Cocktail History

This Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini is a modern cocktail that was created by Jassy Davis and was first published in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. It was created as an autumnal variation of the original Espresso Martini that uses coffee as a base but calls for vanilla-flavored vodka instead of classic vodka and adds pumpkin and baking spices, the quintessential flavors of fall, in a homemade syrup.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Vanilla Vodka: This is the base spirit. We used Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka because it has a tasty vanilla flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Strykk Not Vanilla Vodka in place of the vodka.

Espresso: This adds most of the drink’s coffee flavor. We used espresso we made at home with a coffee from our local grocery store.

Coffee Liqueur: This is a liqueur made by steeping coffee beans in a spirit and adding sugar, other sweeteners, and spices. We used Trader Vic’s Kona Coffee Liqueur because it has a delicious and robust coffee flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Coffee Originale in place of the coffee liqueur.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup: This is a sweetener made with pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, brown sugar, white sugar, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Nutmeg: This is one of the garnishes. It adds a hint of spice and nutmeg aroma.

Coffee Beans: These are another garnish. They add more coffee aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini features the aromas of coffee and nutmeg and tastes prominently like espresso, but the coffee flavor is nicely balanced by hints of pumpkin, vanilla, and baking spices.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both loved this recipe and thought it was a dangerously easy sip, especially for coffee lovers. And even if you’re not a coffee drinker, it’s worth giving this delicious fall cocktail a try. Alex loves having a daily cup of joe; meanwhile, Kendall usually doesn’t like anything coffee-flavored, but she really liked this drink a lot. Thanks to the vanilla vodka and fabulous homemade pumpkin spice syrup, it’s nowhere close to as bitter as some coffees can be when you’re not used to its taste.

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Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Hardcover Book; Davis, Jassy (Author); English (Publication Language); 144 Pages – 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
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Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Vanilla Vodka
 1 oz Espresso
 ¾ oz Coffee Liqueur
 Grated Nutmeg
 3 Coffee Beans

Method
1

Add vanilla vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, pumpkin spice syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with grated nutmeg and coffee beans.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Vanilla Vodka
 1 oz Espresso
 ¾ oz Coffee Liqueur
 Grated Nutmeg
 3 Coffee Beans

Directions

Method
1

Add vanilla vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, pumpkin spice syrup, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with grated nutmeg and coffee beans.

Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini

Make It a Mocktail: Use Strykk Not Vanilla Vodka in place of the vodka and Lyre’s Coffee Originale in place of the coffee liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Pumpkin Cocktails

If you like this pumpkin-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Smashed Pumpkin Cocktail Recipe

Smashed Pumpkin: A bourbon cocktail made with lemon juice, pumpkin spice syrup, orange bitters, and an egg white

Thanksgiving Nog Cocktail Recipe

Thanksgiving Nog: A dark rum cocktail made with water, heavy cream, pumpkin purée, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, ground mace, whipped cream, and a cinnamon stick

Spiced Pumpkin Punch Cocktail Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Punch: A gin cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin purée, honey syrup, lemon juice, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks

Pumpkin Cider Cocktail Recipe

Pumpkin Cider: An apple brandy and rum cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin cubes, butter, sugar, whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and grated nutmeg

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