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Close up of finished espresso martinis with pumpkins in background.

Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini is a fun fall twist on one of our favorite classic cocktails. Homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup pairs perfectly with freshly brewed espresso, coffee liqueur and vanilla vodka. It's such a crowd pleaser and perfect for fall entertaining! 


Units Scale


  • 2 fl oz freshly brewed espresso
  • 1 1/2 fl oz vanilla vodka (or regular vodka)
  • 1/2 fl oz coffee liqueur (Kahlúa)
  • 1 fl oz coconut milk or heavy cream
  • 1 fl oz pumpkin spice simple syrup (store bought or use recipe below)

Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 5 inch vanilla bean, (use the seeds and pod)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of whole cloves



  1. Brew espresso and let it cool to room temperature, then add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.

  2. Strain the chilled mixture into a martini glass and dust with a touch of pumpkin pie spice blend or cinnamon. Cheers!

Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup (if not using store-bought):

  1. Add maple syrup, water, and pumpkin pureé to a small saucepan and whisk together over medium-high heat.
  2. Using a small paring knife, carefully cut a slit in the vanilla bean from the top to the bottom. Using the edge of the knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean pod. You may need to scrape more than once to make sure you get everything. 
  3. Add cinnamon sticks, ginger, vanilla bean seeds (as well as the leftover pod) and cloves to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat slightly and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let the mixture sit for 15-30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean pod with tongs, then strain the simple syrup through a fine mesh sieve. You'll have to use a spatula to push the liquid through, since the pumpkin puree residue makes it thick
  5. Get as much liquid out as you possibly can, then transfer to a mason jar or other sealed container for storage.


For an extra cold martini, chill your martini glasses in the freezer 10-15 minutes prior to making these. 

If you don't have the time to make our pumpkin spice simple syrup, you can sub with store-bought. From late summer-winter, you should be able to easily find this in most grocery stores. It's may be located near the baking aisle, the coffee aisle, the alcoholic beverages section, or the condiment section.

If you're not dairy free: use regular heavy cream in place of coconut milk.

Vanilla vodka: We're using vanilla-flavored vodka for this recipe to add a bit of extra sweetness. If you don't have this on hand, feel free to sub with regular vodka. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 133
  • Sugar: 10.3 g
  • Sodium: 6.9 mg
  • Fat: 3.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g