When 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 Pie Martini.
When that craving for all things pumpkin hits, you'll love this delicious RumChata recipe. The creamy liqueur is the ideal foundation for a sweet cocktail like this. It also pairs perfectly with the vanilla vodka and any pumpkin liqueur you can get your hands on.
In all honesty, RumChata's Pumpkin Pie Martini is probably the best recipe you'll find for a "pumpkin martini." It seems as if the real dairy found in the liqueur has been the missing ingredient all along. Consider your hunt for a truly great pumpkin cocktail over.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top for a garnish.
The Elusive Pumpkin Liqueur
A trip to the liquor store should produce a few vanilla vodka options and you'd be hard pressed to find a store that doesn't stock RumChata. However, it is a completely different story when it comes to a pumpkin liqueur.
This is a very seasonal flavor because no one wants to drink pumpkin in the middle of spring or summer.
That means that very few liquor companies will even consider making it. Quite a few have tried over the years, but the majority do not make a repeat appearance.
This makes it difficult for pumpkin martini fans to enjoy the same great drink year after year. The exception has been Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice. This liqueur seems to have a big enough backing to make the cut. While it has never been the best option, it's often the only option.
The best advice you can get is to search your local stores to see what they're offering in any particular year. If you find one you really like, stock up. However, remember that liqueurs have sugars and that decreases the shelf life. You may get a second year out of an unopened bottle, but don't count on it.
Thanks to pumpkin spice lattes, you will find it easier to get your hands on a pumpkin spice syrup. This will give you all the great pumpkin flavor found in a liqueur, it simply skips the alcohol. Quite a few syrup companies make the flavor and it's relatively easy to find come autumn.
Due to the creaminess of this cocktail, there is another option. It's much easier to make or buy a pumpkin pie filling mix than it is to find a pumpkin liqueur at times. This is a very viable option, you'll just want to shake the cocktail a little longer to ensure it's properly mixed.
How Strong is the Pumpkin Pie Martini?
The Pumpkin Pie Martini is delicious and it's delightfully light on the alcohol. With a liqueur like Hiram Walker, it has an alcohol content of just 11 percent ABV (22 proof). If you opt for one of the non-alcoholic pumpkin flavorings, it's even lower than that.
Go ahead, have a second round. After all, pumpkin season is short.