Pumpkin. Spice. Latte. Martini. Or perhaps we should call it by a trendier name…the “Basic” martini? Creamy baileys, sweet spiced pumpkin and espresso laced vodka are the building blocks to the coffee classic turned happy hour treat.
Fall Style Sippin’
It’s officially fall in Boston. That time of year when the students descend, driving on Storrow Drive is increasingly frustrating, and the streets before Sunday brunch are a sea of black leggings, Ugg boots, Northface fleeces – Starbucks PSL in hand.
The haters are gonna hate…let them, they don’t know what they’re missing. A great way to make something better? Make it a cocktail! It’s a New England miracle, an alcoholic Pumpkin Spice Latte. Just the right coffee flavor with sweet, nutty pumpkin and creamy Bailey’s. ::Insert all the heart emojis::
Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini
A sweet, creamy cocktail bringing a taste of fall with each sip. While you drink this at happy hour, you can pretend you’re at home on your couch, in your sweats, with the fireplace a glow.
Vodka of choice here is the Van Gogh Espresso Vodka. The company does make a double espresso vodka, but the single espresso is clear and carries a pronounced, yet subtle, coffee flavor so the pumpkin really shines. Of course, the number one rule in my book is substitute what’s convenient. If dark espresso vodka is the only espresso vodka available, you go on and make yourself a martini.
Pumpkin Spice liquor may be a little harder to come by for some, though it’s always been readily available in the stores around here. But this is New England, Pumpkin Spice practically replaces our blood once the leaves start to change. Hirram Walker is the brand that is the most attainable. And just look at that little bottle of Frangelico, it’s just so cute!
There is an optional ingredient for this martini, the additional of heavy cream. Without the heavy cream the kick from the vodka will be more apparent, like a typical martini. If your objective is a smooth, dessert-like beverage the addition of just a touch of heavy cream is your path.
All the Pumpkin Spice
If you’re looking to go Pumpkin Spice to the max, whip up these no refined sugar Pumpkin Spice Blender Pancakes. Pancakes and cocktails? I can get down with that brunch. If you decide you want to share a sweet treat amongst friends, The Gingered Whisk’s Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread with Pecan Cinnamon Streusel is seriously singing the glory of good pumpkin things.
Got my pumpkin spice latte martini, warm cozy socks and some new posts from some of my favorite bloggers to catch up on. Cheers and happy fall everyone!
The sweet pumpkin and cinnamon spice flavors of your favorite latte transformed into a creamy cocktail! An easy way to sip into fall.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini
- 1 1/2 ounces Van Gogh Espresso Vodka
- 1 ounce Bailey’s
- 3/4 ounce Hirram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor
- 1/2 ounce Kahlua
- 1/2 ounce Frangelico
- 1 ounce Heavy Cream (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- On a small bread plate, evenly spread the mixed Cinnamon Rim ingredients.
- Dip the edges of the martini glass in water, simple syrup or triple sec. Dip and spin in the cinnamon rim mixture.
- Combine cocktail ingredients in a shaker over ice.
- Shake vigorously and strain in rimmed martini glass.
The addition of heavy cream will make a smoother, creamier martini and will round off the alcohol kick.