I love having a pumpkin spice cocktail when I crave the flavors of pumpkin pie, and that is pretty much all season long this time of the year.
Since baking pumpkin pie every few days would be a bit time-consuming (and not very practical), I came up with this easy pumpkin spice cocktail because it tastes just like having the dessert, but in a glass.
The best part?
It only takes 5 minutes to whip up, and doesn’t require any pumpkin flavored liquor.
Now you might be wondering… how I am able to make pumpkin flavored drinks without using any pumpkin flavored liquor?
Pumpkin and spice – and I mean literally pumpkin and spice – are what make this autumn spice cocktail authentic.
My guess is that many of you can probably find pumpkin spice kahlua in the grocery store as well as a tin of pumpkin spice, and that is all well and good, but I may have to drive at least 20 miles to get kahlua like this. For as much as I love a good pumpkin spice alcoholic drink, I am not willing to go to that extreme to get what it takes to make it as often as I would like to make it.
Especially when we can get snow and ice here as early as October.
Yuck! Snow! (Well, not entirely… I like snow from December 15th to January 10th, and then it can go away again until next December.)
Who am I kidding? I live in Wisconsin! One year we had snow flurries on July 25th! (Yeah, that was up north… but still!)
Ok. Enough about snow. I need to solve my pumpkin spice alcoholic drink dilemma without having to hoof it 30 minutes one way to get pumpkin spice flavored liquor.
What to do?
Back to pumpkin and spice. Yes, I am going to use just that. Good ol’ pumpkin purée, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.
The beauty of being able to use easy-to-find ingredients is that this cocktail can be easily whipped up whenever the mood strikes. Canned pumpkin will stay good as long as it is unopened, and I love the creamy texture it adds to this cocktail. If you don’t have pumpkin spice at home, it is pretty easy to make if you have cinnamon, cloves, and ginger…. or in this case – nutmeg.
Oh don’t get me wrong, I love ginger! I just think it’s a little too strong for this creamy cocktail.
I’ve made this pumpkin spice cocktail both with essential oils and with regular powdered spices. Both ways will work, but I like how the flavors seem smoother when I use essential oils in this recipe. The oils will become suspended throughout the drink when they are shaken up enough, which means that the stronger flavors get distributed evenly. (Thankfully, they won’t just float on top.)
Essential oils in recipes are always healthier, too. Although powdered spices are nice, they begin to lose their oils – and hence their flavors and health benefits – pretty much right away. (Want to know more about the health benefits of the powerful essential oils in this recipe? I invite you to contact me for more information! I’ve got some great resources that I would love to send your way!)
I think you’d agree that pumpkin flavored drinks are the best for creating hygge this time of the year. Whether you use pumpkin pie purée in your morning latte, pumpkin spice kahlua in your white russian, or you make this easy pumpkin spice cocktail, you’ll feel cozy and warm on cold, gray, windy evenings with a glass of anything that involves pumpkin pie spice in your hands.
Pumpkin Pie Cocktail
- 2 Coupe Glasses
- cocktail shaker
- 2 ginger snap cookies crushed
- 3 oz half and half divided
- 3 oz Kahlua
- 3 oz white Creme de Cacao
- 2 tbsp puréed pumpkin
- 1 drop cinnamon essential oil or 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 drop clove essential oil or ½ tsp ground cloves
- freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
- Place the ginger snap cookies in a ziplock bag. Roll with a rolling pin until the cookies are very finely crushed. Transfer crushed cookies to a small saucer. Add 1 oz half and half to a separate saucer.
- Dip the rim of one coupe glass into the half and half, followed by the crushed cookies. Repeat with the second glass.
- Add the remaining 2 ounces half and half along with the rest of the ingredients (except for the nutmeg) to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain contents evenly into the two coupe glasses. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and serve immediately.
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