Agh, pumpkin spice season is in the air – what better time to make a Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini than now!
The Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini combines two of our favorites things – pumpkin spice & coffee (ok, maybe 3….we do love vodka as well or we wouldn’t have made this blog)
The last time I had this delectable drink was at a friends house and I knew I had to have the recipe. Luckily, she was more than happy to share and now I’m sharing it with all of you!
This martini is absolutely perfect to make in the fall season – whether your just relaxing by the fire, or hosting a fall themed event. You’ll be sure to love it!
Why You’ll Adore This Pumpkin Spice Martini Recipe
If you’re like us and love all things pumpkin spice, it’s hard not to love this martini cocktail. You’ll love making this recipe in the fall because……
- The sweet & rich pumpkin spice flavor pairs perfectly with the strong coffee taste
- It’s easy to make & only requires a few ingredients that you likely already have on hand
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger crowd
Ingredients in a Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
The ingredients in this Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini are super simple and most you might already have on hand!
Here’s the list of ingredients you’re going to need to make this decadent martini!
For the drink:
- 1 part Vodka – any vodka will do, we’re partial to Tito’s at the moment.
- 1 part Kahlua – this will bring a nice creaminess to the martini
- 1 part Espresso / Coffee – you’ll need to have a batch ready to add to the drink
- 3 Coffee Beans (for garnish) – really finishes off the presentation nicely.
- 1/2 Tablespoon Pumpkin Spice – can’t make this martini without it!
For the rim:
- Graham Crackers – the perfect ingredient for our martini rim
- Brown Sugar – we like this for it’s taste and the large size of the sugar
- Cinnamon – optional but we like to use it with the graham crackers and sugar
Now that you’ve got all your ingredients ready – it’s time to learn how to make this martini!
Let’s get started!
How to make a Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
Making this Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini is pretty simple and straightforward. The most important part is to make sure all your ingredients are cold – we don’t want any watered down martinis here!
We’ll start by rimming the glasses. To do this, crush the graham crackers and then mix together with the brown sugar and cinnamon on a plate. Then, wet the rim of your glass with some water and dip it into the mixture. Set the glass aside and repeat with as many glasses as you need.
Next, add all the liquid ingredients and the pumpkin spice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake until combined and chilled – about 30 seconds should do it.
PRO TIP: Don’t rush this part, serving martinis extra cold is a must!
Then, strain the mixture into the prepared glasses and garnish with some coffee beans.
And that’s it – you’ve now made a delicious Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini!
Variations of the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
We adore that you can customize this cocktail so much. If you want to mix things up, here are some alternative versions of this martini for you to try!
- Add a dash of pumpkin pie spice to the rimming mixture for an extra festive touch.
- Swap out the plain vodka for flavored – Vanilla vodka would be amazing in this recipe!
- Swap out the plain coffee for a flavored coffee – pumpkin spice coffee would be great!
- Try using cold brew coffee instead of espresso for a different flavor profile.
- Make it a dirty espresso martini by adding some chai tea to the mixture.
- Add Whipped Cream to the top
- Instead of serving over ice, you could blend the mixture for a frozen version
What to Serve with the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
Now that you know how to make this tasty Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini, what should you serve it with?
Here are some ideas!
- Serve it as an after dinner drink with some dessert – maybe a slice of pumpkin pie or some chocolate cake.
- For a fun fall twist, try serving it with caramel apples!
- Pair it with a savory dish like roasted turkey or beef tenderloin.
- Serve it as a pre-dinner drink along with some fall appetizers like roasted Squash Soup or Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce.
How to Serve the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
There are a few different ways that you can serve this Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini.
If you want to keep it super simple, just strain the mixture into the prepared glasses and garnish with some coffee beans.
Or, if you want to get a little fancy, try adding some whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin pie spice to the top.
How to Make the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Ahead of Time
This cocktail is best made fresh, but we know that sometimes you need to make things ahead of time. If that’s the case, here’s how you can do it!
Prepare the rimming mixture and store in a sealed container at room temperature until ready to use.
Make the espresso or cold brew coffee and store in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to use.
Mix together all the liquid ingredients EXCEPT for the coffee. Store in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to use.
When you’re ready to make the martinis, add the coffee to the mixture and shake until combined. Then, strain into the prepared glasses and garnish with some coffee beans.
Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini FAQ’s
Q: Can I make this cocktail without alcohol?
A: Yes! Just omit the vodka and replace the kahlua with your favorite cream, then increase the amount of coffee that you use.
Q: Can I make this cocktail ahead of time?
A: We recommend making it fresh, but you can prepare the rimming mixture and mix together all the liquid ingredients (except for the coffee) ahead of time. Store in the fridge until ready to use, then add the coffee and shake until combined before serving.
Q: What is the best type of coffee to use for this cocktail?
A: We recommend using espresso or cold brew coffee, but you can really use any type of coffee that you like. Just keep in mind that the flavor will be different depending on the type of coffee that you use.
Q: Can I make a frozen version of this martini?
A: Yes! Just add all the ingredients (except for the coffee) to a blender and blend until smooth. Then, add the coffee and blend again until combined. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with some coffee beans.
Q: What Kind of Coffee is best for an Espresso Martini?
A: There are a few different types of coffee that you could use for this recipe.
If you want to keep it traditional, stick with using espresso. You could also use cold brew coffee or even regular drip coffee.
For the best flavor, we recommend using a dark roast coffee.
Q: Do you use hot or cold coffee for espresso martinis?
A: It’s important to use cold coffee for this recipe so that your martinis don’t get watered down.
If you don’t have time to let your coffee cool, you can always add a few extra ice cubes to the shaker. This will help keep your drink cold without watering it down.
Q: Why do they put 3 beans in espresso martinis?
A: It’s believed that the 3 beans represent “health, wealth, and happiness.” So, next time you’re making an espresso martini, be sure to garnish it with 3 coffee beans!
Q: How much caffeine is in this Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini?
A: This Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini contains about 1 oz of espresso or coffee. That means it has about 64 mg of caffeine.
Q: What if I don’t have Pumpkin Spice on hand?
If you don’t have Pumpkin Spice, you can easily make your own! Just mix together 1 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ground ginger, and 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg. That’s it – now you have your own Pumpkin Spice blend that you can use for this
Why we love this Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini
This Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini is the perfect fall drink! It’s cozy, festive, and super delicious. Not to mention, it’s pretty easy to make.
This martini is also great for entertaining. Whether you’re having a few friends over for Halloween or having a holiday party, this is the perfect drink to serve. Your guests will love it!
The Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini : Final Takeaways
If you’re looking for a festive and delicious fall cocktail, look no further than the Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini. This martini is easy to make and can be served a variety of ways. Whether you’re entertaining guests or just looking for a cozy drink to enjoy at home, this is the perfect choice. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today and let us know in the comments your feedback!
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