10 Tempting Pumpkin Cocktails for Your Fall Cravings

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Are you among the many drinkers who have a craving for pumpkin cocktails every autumn? It happens every year and as the leaves begin to change, so do our tastes. Luckily, there are quite a few great pumpkin-flavored mixed drinks that you can make in minutes.

Pumpkin is a unique flavor in the cocktail world. While it is not the most versatile, pumpkin can be found in everything from pumpkin martinis to tall, spiced drinks that are perfect for holiday parties. From the first signs of autumn...MORE through HalloweenThanksgiving and December's holidays, there is a pumpkin cocktail for every taste and occasion.

How to Add Pumpkin to Your Drinks

Between all of those pumpkin lattes and pumpkin martinis, pumpkin has been a trending flavor since the early 2000s. 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 drink recipes use pumpkin-flavored ingredients that are used in food. Pumpkin butter, seeds, fresh purees and pumpkin pie spice are among those that often crossover from the table to the bar.

You will also notice a few pumpkin syrups, pumpkin vodkas and pumpkin liqueurs appear on store shelves beginning in September. However, if you have a favorite brand it's not always a guarantee that it will be around next year. Pumpkin is a very seasonal flavor and producers of these products cannot always keep them going. If your favorite disappears, simply move on to the next option. This hide and seek game is a reality of a pumpkin lover.

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    Sobieski Vodka's Polished Princess Cocktail
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    We'll ease into our love for pumpkin by enjoying the lovely polished princess cocktail. This one uses pumpkin spice, which will give your drink that pumpkin pie flavor without an overload of pumpkin.

    The drink is quite simple and a fantastic vodka martini for fall. It pairs a 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 Cocktail from Finch at The Boxer
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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 it's time to give it a pumpkin twist.

    The pumpkin old-fashioned is incredibly simple and it is one of those full-flavored pumpkin drinks that require 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 Cocktail with Skyy Vodka
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    While you have that pumpkin puree, pick up or make your own ginger vodka and enjoy this simple recipe. This pumpkin spice cocktail is sure to give you your pumpkin fix.

    The play of spicy ginger against a pumpkin puree is quite interesting and the lime and honey water bring it together admirably. For any of these drink recipes, consider adding a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for a simple seasonal garnish. 

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    The Great Pumpkin Cocktail
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    The great pumpkin is a very special cocktail with a very special ingredient. To pull off this drink, you'll be creating a pumpkin-infused Scotch whisky, an easy infusion to make at home.

    That will take about two days and is worth the effort. Once you pair it with an impressive ginger liqueur, maple syrup and lemon juice, then finish it with a dash of cinnamon, you'll understand why we love it so much.

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    Pumpkin Fever Cocktail
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    Pumpkin-flavored liqueurs come and go each year and Bols Pumpkin Smash is one of the few that sticks around. This is great for the pumpkin lover because the liqueur has a wonderful flavor and is a reliable drink mixer.

    For the pumpkin fever cocktail, the recipe allows the pumpkin to take center stage. It's backed up by spiced rum, and a little milk and cream to smooth it all out. It's quite delicious and even better with a cinnamon sugar rim.

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    Pumpkin Martini
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    Pumpkin martini recipes are everywhere and it's time to break into a few of those. This one is extremely simple and gives you a choice for the pumpkin ingredient.

    A vanilla vodka and cream liqueur are paired up with either pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup. You'll probably find that the syrup is easier to find thanks to brands like Monin who offer it annually to create all those pumpkin spiced lattes.

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    RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini
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    A very similar recipe, the pumpkin pie martini also uses vanilla vodka, but this time it's paired with RumChata, one of our favorite cream liqueurs.

    This one 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 since 2008. It may not be the best pumpkin liqueur ever created, but it does make a good drink.

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    Pumpkin Spice Martini
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    Tired of all the vodka? Whiskey lovers will want to turn to this pumpkin spice martini. It's far more interesting than most and does not shy away from adding complementary flavors to pumpkin.

    Once again, you'll need a pumpkin liqueur for this recipe. Add that to a robust rye whiskey, add a little triple sec, then just a hint of an anise liqueur like absinthe. The egg white marries the flavors perfectly and creates a pumpkin cocktail that is sure to impress.

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    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 also make your own in just a few hours.

    This martini recipe relies on a homemade spiced pumpkin vodka that is made with roasted pumpkin and bay leaves. It's mixed in an incredibly simple way, requiring only a spiced syrup and a piece of fresh ginger.

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    Thanksgiving Cider with Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
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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 released it seasonally since 2013. 

    To put the vodka to good use, try the super easy Thanksgiving cider recipe. It's perfect for holiday parties and the only other ingredients you need are apple cider and club soda. Serve it tall or short, it's great either way.