Close view of a pumpkin cocktail in a coupe glass rimmed with cinnamon and sugar.

Autumn has its share of delicious pumpkin recipes, but this pumpkin pie martini is in a class of its own. When you bring this drink recipe to your next fall get-together, you’re bound to have all the guests asking you for the recipe. It’s super sweet and creamy, loaded with pumpkin spice flavor, and it looks—and tastes—like a pumpkin pie!

Top view of frozen whipped cream garnish on a pumpkin pie martini.

Why should I try this martini recipe?

Do you like pumpkin pie? Do you like martinis? If so, you’re in luck, because this recipe perfectly combines the two! It uses pumpkin puree, pumpkin spices, and frozen whipped cream to create a drinkable version of the classic autumn dessert. Whether you serve it at Thanksgiving, Halloween, or another seasonal gathering, it’s sure to impress your guests as they ask for another glass.

What kind of alcohol is in this martini?

You need vanilla vodka to make this pumpkin martini. The vanilla in the vodka rounds out the pumpkin pie flavor and adds a warm sweetness to the drink. It’s similar to how a dash of vanilla rounds out the seasonings in a pumpkin pie. If you can’t find vanilla vodka, you can use plain vodka instead. Just bear in mind that plain vodka won’t have the same level of sweetness that vanilla vodka does.

All ingredients needed to make a fall spiced dessert martini. Cinnamon sprinkles down onto a pumpkin pie martini garnished with frozen whipped cream.

What are the ingredients for a pumpkin pie martini?

A lot of the ingredients in this pumpkin pie martini are ones you’d expect to see in a pumpkin pie dessert recipe. To make a pumpkin martini, you’ll need:

  • Vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Half and half
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Vanilla vodka
  • Maple syrup
  • Ice cubes

Wholefully Protip

Although this recipe is almost dripping in sweetness, you can make an even sweeter martini by substituting pumpkin pie filling in place of the real pumpkin puree.

What if I don’t have pumpkin pie spice?

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, don’t worry! You can use cinnamon instead. You can also easily make your own pumpkin pie spice. Mix 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Add a ½ teaspoon of your homemade pumpkin pie spice to each martini.

How do I make a pumpkin pie martini?

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The only part of this recipe that takes much time is freezing the whipped cream. Before you make your pumpkin martini, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray dollops of whipped cream on the tray. Freeze the tray for at least an hour and you’ll be ready to make your pumpkin pie martini!

  1. Prep your martini glass by dipping the rim in water, then again in cinnamon sugar. This step isn’t necessary, but it sure gives your pumpkin pie martini a nice cinnamon addition.
  2. Toss all your ingredients in a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake—roughly 20-25 times.
  3. Strain the liquid into your prepared glass.
  4. If you prepared frozen whipped cream, now is the time to add a dollop to the top of your glass, followed by a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon if desired.

Can I prep it ahead of time?

I wouldn’t recommend making your pumpkin martini ahead of time. Luckily, it doesn’t take long to whip up in the moment. However, you can save yourself a bit of time by freezing up a large batch of frozen whipped cream dollops so they’re ready to be tossed in your pumpkin pie martini whenever you pour one.

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Pumpkin Pie Martini

Yield: 1 martini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

We've turned pumpkin pie into a martini, complete with whipped cream and cinnamon. Find out how to make this autumnal drink for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other fall parties!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 3 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 ounce maple syrup
  • 1 ounce half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • Cinnamon sugar (for the rim)
  • Whipped cream (for topping, optional)

Instructions

  1. If using frozen whipped cream: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a can of ready-to-use whipped cream, spray dollops of whipped cream onto the parchment paper and place them in the freezer for at least 60 minutes before making your martini.
  2. Prepare your martini glass by dipping the edges in water, then dipping again in the cinnamon sugar.
  3. Make the cocktail by adding vanilla vodka, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, half-and-half, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and a handful of ice cubes to your cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, about 20-25 times, then strain out into your martini glass and discard the ice.
  4. Top with frozen whipped cream (if using) and dust with more pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon! Serve!

Notes

    • This recipe can easily be doubled to make two martinis.
    • Regular vodka can be used in place of the vanilla vodka, but the martini won’t be quite as sweet.
    • You can also use pumpkin pie filling instead of the plain pumpkin puree for an extra sweet cocktail!
    • To make your own pumpkin pie spice, combine 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Use 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture in each martini.
    • This drink is best when made and served immediately. The only part we recommend making ahead is the frozen whipped cream, which is easy and totally worth it!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 901Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 203gFiber: 18gSugar: 173gProtein: 3g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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