You know that fall is upon us when all of your different photo feeds gets flooded with photos of pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, even ones you mix up at home. The excitement is palpable… that spicy, comforting, creamy combo that wraps the spirit of Thanksgiving into a single sip. And it gives you your daily caffeine boost to boot? It really is the perfect drink…until now.
As you know, we here at Brit + Co. like to spike our sweets whenever we get the chance, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to transform our favorite fall beverage into an equally irresistible cocktail.
– 2 shots Vanilla or Whipped Cream vodka
– 1 shot Kahlua (or other coffee flavored liquor)
– 2-3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
– 1/2 cup of milk
– crushed graham crackers (food processor works best!)
– pinch pumpkin pie spice
– cinnamon stick (for garnish)
To achieve the same creamy pumpkin flavors, we used whipped cream vodka, pumpkin puree, and a little milk. To get the coffee effect, we went with Kahlua but we also think it might be fun to try Van Gough’s Espresso Vodka.
Start by prepping your martini glass. Rim the glass with honey and dip into crushed graham crackers for a pumpkin “pie” effect.
Combine pumpkin puree and milk in a cocktail shaker and shake until “frothy” (like a latte!)
Next, pour in vodka, kahlua and add ice.
Shake well, then strain into prepared martini glass.
Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Just be sure not to drink these before work! For more pumpkin inspiration, check out our roundup of irresistible pumpkin recipes, including the incredibly amazing pumpkin hummus!
How have you started getting your pumpkin on for autumn? Send us your favorite recipes in the comments below or over on Twitter.
Jaymee Sire is an Emmy-award winning television reporter CSN Bay Area. When she isn’t covering a sporting event, her true passion is food. Check out Jaymee’s alphabet-themed food blog, E is for Eat, and be sure to follow her on Twitter & Facebook.