Halloween Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini

If you're a fan of pumpkin spice, you'll enjoy this seasonal take on a classic cocktail.

Published: October 2, 2023
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For the pumpkin spiced espresso martini

Add all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and stir to combine.

Fill with ice, then shake hard for around 20 seconds.

Strain into a coupette or martini glass, then twist the pared orange zest over the glass to release its oils onto the surface of the cocktail.

For the pumpkin spice syrup

Simmer 170g light brown soft sugar, 225g caster sugar and 360ml water until dissolved.

Whisk in 85g pumpkin purée, 2 tsp ground cinnamon and ½ tsp each ground ginger, ground cloves and ground nutmeg.

Simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cool and stir in 25ml vanilla extract.

(Any extra syrup can be chilled in a sterilised jar for up to 3 months.)

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Pumpkin Spice espresso martini
Picture: Waitrose


  • 40ml vodka
  • 15ml Kahlua
  • 10ml pumpkin spice syrup
  • 25ml espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • Pared strip of orange zest
  • For the pumpkin spice syrup
  • 170g light brown soft sugar
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 360ml water
  • 85g pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp each ground ginger, ground cloves and ground nutmeg
  • 25ml vanilla extract
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