This Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini is THE fall cocktail to serve this Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s creamy and delicious, full of fall flavours, so easy to mix up, and the espresso will give you the boost to keep celebrating all day and night! Bonus: it tastes just like a Pumpkin Spice Latte… but with booze! How can you say no to that?!
It’s October! Autumn is in full swing and with Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, followed shortly by Christmas, it’s the most delicious time of year! This is why it’s my favourite time of year, it can get pretty crazy, especially when you’re a food blogger, but there’s so many wonderful festive flavours to taste and experiment with, how can you not have fun?! And I had soooo much fun coming up with this Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Cocktail, especially the taste testing part! It’s so delicious, and goes down way too easily. It’s basically like drinking a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, but better and with booze! I’m totally in love.
This is the second cocktail recipe I’m sharing with you in a row, but this one was just destined to be. Besides, you can’t have too many cocktails, right? First of all, it’s Yum of the Month time (yay!) and this month’s theme is all things Pumpkin Spice. I was super excited about this month’s theme because I’m all about the pumpkin spice trend, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING please! Then, I find out Baileys have made a Pumpkin Spice version of their Irish Cream and I knew I had to track a bottle of this stuff down and create a recipe with it! This stuff is soooooo delicious y’all, you need it in your life (no, I am not being paid to say this!). I’m going to be stocking up and using it in everything, from baking to more cocktails, and making my Pumpkin Spice Latte into an Irish Pumpkin Spice Latte (probably not my morning latte though….). Have I mentioned how much I love this time of year yet?! I’m like an excited little kid on Christmas Eve right now!
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I love almost everything about it, the whole concept is so much fun. But my phobia of clowns ruins the whole thing for me, so I tend to avoid parties or even opening my door to trick or treaters, bah humbug I know! But it doesn’t stop me coming up with fun Halloween recipes! I had a few ideas that really captured the spooky and fun side of Halloween, but in the end I went with a sophisticated adults only recipe, in the form of this Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Cocktail. You can serve it at your Halloween parties and impress your guests, or sip on a few while you hand out chocolate to dressed up kids! Because why should kids get to have all the fun?
It would also be great to serve at Thanksgiving, it will go perfectly with all the other fall flavours you’ll be serving up to your family. Plus, the caffeine boost from the espresso will keep everyone awake after they’ve stuffed themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie!
Honestly, I can’t tell you enough how much you need to go out and find a bottle, or three, of this Baileys Pumpkin Spice, I’m totally in love with it. However, if its not sold where you live or your can’t get your hands on a bottle quick enough (because you’re gonna wanna try this cocktail ASAP!) you can substitute with regular baileys and add pumpkin spice to taste (start with 1/8-1/4 tsp and go from there.). You could also use a pumpkin spice syrup if you like but I wouldn’t recommend it personally, you really don’t want this cocktail to be overly sweet.
This is a really easy cocktail to mix up, and you can make batch after batch! It goes down best when it’s nice and cold, but you do not want to water it down by serving it over ice. So, keep your Baileys Pumpkin Spice in the fridge and make sure your espresso is completely cold before starting. I add 6 ice cubes to the cocktail shaker, which is just enough to chill everything properly with a couple of shakes. It also has a demerara sugar and cinnamon rim, which is optional but makes it extra festive, same with the cinnamon stick garnish! My recipe makes three cocktails, but you can double as needed to make as many as you want!
Before I get to the recipe, I have to offer an apology to all the mixology purists out there! Because although I have called this a Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini, the only “martini” part about it are the glasses it’s served in. There’s no sign of any gin or vodka! Sorry! I hope how delicious it is will make up for that little discrepancy. In my defence, I could have called it a Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini (one of the working recipe titles), which would be double wrong with it’s lack of martini ingredients and lack of frothed milk and foam! At least I spared the coffee purists! Will you forgive me if I pour you a glass?
Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Cocktail
This Baileys Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini is THE fall cocktail to serve at Halloween and Thanksgiving this year. It tastes just like a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but better and with booze!
For the rim:
- 1 tbsp demerara sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
For the cocktail:
- 9oz Baileys Pumpkin Spice*, chilled
- 3oz Kahlua
- 4oz espresso, chilled
- Mix the demerara sugar and cinnamon together on a small plate. Wet the rims of your martini glasses and dip the rims in the sugar mix to coat. Set glasses aside.
- Add 6 ice cubes plus the cocktail ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Give it 5 shakes to combine and chill, then immediately strain into your glasses.
- Serve with a cinnamon stick.
* If you cannot get Baileys Pumpkin Spice, substitute with regular Baileys/Irish Cream and add pumpkin spice to taste (start with 1/8-1/4 tsp and taste from there).
Serving Size 6oz glasses
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Are you a pumpkin spice fanatic? Do you count down the days until you can get a pumpkin spice latte and put pumpkin spice in EVERYTHING? Or do you prefer another delicious flavour of fall?
And check out what the other Yum of the Month lovelies made for Pumpkin Spice month!