Pumpkin Cocktail tastes like a liquid version of a big ole’ slice of pumpkin pie slathered with whipped cream with just a lovely little kick.
Creamy and perfectly spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, this pumpkin cocktail is perfect for effortless entertaining or everyday celebrating.
You need just three ingredients to make this pumpkin drink.
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What You Need to Make a Pumpkin Cocktail
- A cocktail shaker
- Pumpkin Latte premade drink (or pumpkin ice cream)
- Vodka (preferably whipped cream but plain or marshmallow will work)
- Whipped Cream
- Ground cinnamon and maybe cinnamon sticks for garnishes
- Cocktail glasses
I really love the flavors of fall: nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Do you?
This cocktail captures all of those flavors with a lovely little kick!
The Pumpkin cocktail is a perfect festive drink for people who are busy working or baby-raising all week to whip together on the weekends or on a free weeknight evening.
The only way this fall drink would be easier to make is if Starbucks added spirits to the bottle of pre-made Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Note-this post contains affiliate links but it is Not sponsored by Starbucks. I just really like their pre-made latte mix, which I found in the refrigerated section at my grocery store.
I think this pumpkin mix is also available at Super Targets.
Pumpkin Cocktail Ingredients
1 bottle Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (40 ounce or 14 ounce, depending on your crowd)
Whipped cream flavored vodka (I used Pinnacle, use what you have)
If you don’t have or can’t find whipped cream vodka, substitute a non-flavored vodka. I like Absolut.
Whipped cream (for garnish and optional)
Ground cinnamon (for garnish, to dust over the whipped cream or over top of the drink if you’re not using whipped cream)
If you can’t find the Pumpkin Spice Latte, substitute with a scoop or two of pumpkin spice ice cream.
I’ve seen a few brands of those on the shelves this month. (September).
More Drink Garnish Possibilities
If you want to get all fancy, you could crush a few cinnamon graham crackers into a fine dust to attach to the rim of the glasses.
Maybe dip the rims of the glasses in water then dip into the crushed graham crackers.
Add a cinnamon stick to each pumpkin drink for stirring all that luscious whipped cream into the pumpkin.
Warning–the premade Starbucks PSL contains espresso so keep that in mind if caffeine affects you.
I can’t drink caffeine after 2 p.m. really. Otherwise I’m up all night.
If I’m being honest, 1:30 p.m. is pushing it.
I’m not sure what happened.
Well, I know what happened, middle age happened but I don’t understand how that affected my ability to tolerate caffeine.
In my 20’s when I had energy to burn, I could drink coffee all day and all night with no problem.
This drink has a fair amount of calories, 250 for five ounces, so sip sparingly.
This Pumpkin Cocktail is really a dessert in a glass!
- Cup of ice
- 6 ounces Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (small or large container)
- 4 ounces Whipped Cream Vodka or regular vodka
- Whipped Cream (optional, garnish)
- Dash of ground cinnamon (garnish)
- 2 Cinnamon sticks (optional, garnish)
Fill cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice.
Measure pumpkin spice latte and pour into shaker.
Measure and add vodka.
Put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously, until the shaker starts to frost.
Pour into two glasses.
Top with whipped cream (I used a spray can of whipped cream)
Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top of the whipped cream.
Garnish each drink with a cinnamon stick, if you like.
Substitutes are fine for this drink recipe.
If you don't have whipped cream vodka (I used Pinnacle) use non-flavored vodka.
Experiment, I bet a cinnamon vodka would taste good here also.
If you can't find Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte in the refrigerated section, maybe test out a pumpkin spice coffee creamer?
If you don't have a cocktail shaker, use a mason jar or any container you do have with a tight-fitting lid.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 5 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 5g
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Do you have plans for Thanksgiving?
Where do you fall on the pumpkin spice continuum?
Is pumpkin spice a do or don’t for you?
What’s your favorite fall cocktail?