Pumpkintini & dreaming of fall

I woke up to the sound of pouring rain this morning, and then poof…the rain had stopped!  I was hoping that it would mean a cool down in temperatures and some much needed drought relief…..

but no.  It seriously only rained for like two minutes, and added moisture to the already hot, humid air!  I will continue to dream about crisp, fall temperatures.  The fabulous flavors of pumpkin and apple baking in the oven.  We’re just not quite there yet…..

Pumpkintini | cookingwithcurls.com

so I bring you this cool, refreshing Pumpkintini cocktail that has the flavors of fall.  The original recipe is from Rachael Ray, but I needed to make a few tweaks.  First of all, I did not have any pumpkin pie filling.  I did however have a can of pureed pumpkin, and I added some spices.  When I say a pinch, I seriously mean A PINCH…..

Pumpkintini pinch cookingwithcurls.com

I dipped the corner of the smallest measuring spoon that I could find into each of the spices.  You don’t want to put a full pie’s worth of flavor into two drinks!

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Second change – I cannot use half and half, so I substituted boxed coconut milk and it worked perfectly.  Third change – well that would be the Sortilege Maple liqueur that they do not sell in Iowa…I have looked…for years!  From what I have been able to determine, Maple liqueur is basically maple syrup and whiskey.  Well that’s easy enough to recreate!

Pumpkintini Collage | cookingwithcurls.com

So here’s a toast to cooler fall weather and the wonderful flavors that it brings with it…..

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Serves 2
Prep time 10 minutes
Meal type Beverage
A Pumpkintini is the cocktail version of pumpkin pie.


  • 2 graham crackers (crushed)
  • ice
  • 6 Tablespoons white rum
  • 6 Tablespoons pureed pumpkin (or substitute pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tablespoon whiskey
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut milk (box)


Place graham crackers in a zip top plastic bag and roll with a rolling pin to crush. Pour crumbs onto a plate and set aside.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes to within an inch of the top.
Add all ingredients to the cocktail shaker.
Place lid on cocktail shaker and shake to thoroughly combine ingredients.
Wet the edge of the glasses and dip rim into graham cracker crumbs.
Strain drink and pour into prepared glasses and serve.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!


  1. says

    OhMyGoodness. Now, let me start by saying the WORST nights of my life have been caused by chocolate martinis. I haven’t had ANY kind of ‘tini in over 2 years.

    This just might break my fast…..YUM!


  2. says

    That sounds really good! I haven’t tried any pumpkin type drink before but you make it sound so tasty and simple I might just have to whip one up this Fall. Thanks so much for sharing it at the DIY Sunday Showcase.
    Cheers to you and yours,

  3. says

    Lisa, you always have the best recipes! I am a wine person, but I think I would love to try one of these! I bet you had fun making them!

    I will be featuring this recipe at the Top 10 Favorites post that goes live on Monday morning. Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party!


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