Celebrate autumn with the delicious fall flavors of this Pumpkin Espresso Martini. Made with classic ingredients like vodka and Kahlua, we’re taking things up a notch by adding creamer, maple syrup, pumpkin, and more pumpkin!
The most delicious and perfect cocktail for fall
If you’re like me, you’re all about pumpkin everything. And today, that includes… espresso martinis!
This delicious pumpkin espresso martini puts a fall-friendly twist on the classic espresso martini that everyone seems to be enjoying right now! Made with classic ingredients like vodka, Kahlua, and espresso, we’re taking this bev up a notch by adding creamer, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice.
This flavor combo is what autumn dreams are made of, and it’s a must for enjoying on Thanksgiving!
Ingredients in this pumpkin spice espresso martini
Get ready to treat your taste buds to the most delicious and decadent espresso martini they’ve ever tasted. This ingredient combo is unmatched!
- Vodka: Begin with a base consisting of 2 oz of vodka. Any kind works, but it should be unflavored.
- Kahlua: 3 oz of Kahlua adds a thick coffee flavor. This is a coffee liqueur and serves as a must in an espresso martini! Okay, maybe not a must, but it sure does make the drink taste nice.
- Espresso: Enhance the coffee taste that we’re going for by adding 3 oz of brewed espresso or strong coffee (cold brew concentrate should also work).
- Creamer: Next, thicken up the drink with 2 oz of plain creamer (or you can use vanilla extract for a sweeter result).
- Pumpkin puree: Achieve the pumpkin flavor by using 1 tbsp of pumpkin puree.
- Maple syrup: Then, make the fall flavors come alive with 2 tsp of maple syrup! This will add some sweetness as well.
- Pumpkin pie spice: Finish off the recipe with 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice.
- Garnish: Finally, garnish with espresso beans and cinnamon or cinnamon sticks!
Bar tools needed to make a pumpkin spice martini
The main bar tool needed to create this recipe is a cocktail shaker! If you don’t have one, you can use a pitcher or large glass and a spoon instead. Some measuring cups will be useful, including a 1 oz bar measuring glass, as well as 1/4 tsp, 1 tsp, and 1 tbsp sized measuring cups.
How to make a delicious pumpkin espresso martini
Ready to dive in? This recipe is incredibly simple to throw together and comes together in a total time of under five minutes! The ingredient amounts listed above will yield two cocktails.
To begin, start by filling a shaker with ice.
Then, add all of the ingredients to the shaker in the order listed above.
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to get a nice foam on top. This is needed to aerate and shake the drink up well.
Once the mixture is well shaken, strain the drink into two chilled martini glasses. Top with a dusting of cinnamon and three coffee beans each.
What liquor is best for an espresso martini?
Vodka is traditionally best for an espresso martini! Additionally, Kahlua is usually used to add more coffee flavor.
What is a dirty espresso martini?
A martini becomes a “dirty” martini with olive brine is added!
What can I add to my espresso martini?
If you have pumpkin spice syrup on hand, this may be a nice ingredient to add! Just a dash would be tasty. You can also sprinkle on some nutmeg.
Can I double this recipe?
Of course! It’s easy to double this recipe to serve four. Simply double all of the ingredient amounts and mix in a pitcher with a spoon. Alternatively, you can just make two batches of the original ingredient amounts!
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Photos by Moriah Sawtelle and recipe by Erin Antoniak.
- 2 oz vodka
- 3 oz kahlua
- 3 oz espresso or strong coffee
- 2 oz plain creamer (or vanilla for sweeter)
- 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- topping: espresso beans + cinnamon
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Add in all ingredients in order as listed.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, in order to get a nice foam top you need to aerate it and shake it up well.
- Pour into two chilled glasses. Top with a dusting of cinnamon and three espresso beans.
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