Pumpkin Drop Martini

A Pumpkin Drop Martini is a delicious cocktail for your Halloween & Thanksgiving parties! This fun martini is bursting with pumpkin flavors!

How much do you love this fun fall cocktail? You should also check out our popular Pumpkin Pie Shots a simple Pumpkin Spice Wine Spritzer or this super cool Pumpkin Moscow Mule!

pumpkin drop martini in a sugar rimmed glass

A Pumpkin Cocktail Recipe for Halloween & Thanksgiving

When we’re making holiday themed drinks, we know that they need to look good. That’s the first thing that draws someone to a recipe is the picture.

Am I right? This Pumpkin Drop Martini gets a big check mark in both of those requirements, this martini recipe really does taste as good as it looks!

And you might look at this martini and say, cute, but it looks too sweet for me. I’m not going to tell you that it isn’t a sweet martini recipe, because if you’re used to drinking strong vodka martinis, it’s sweet.

But it’s not as sweet as you might think it is because the flavors of the pumpkin liquor mixed together with Liquor 43 and Vanilla vodka go together pretty perfectly…so you get your strong martini with a touch of pumpkin flavor all in one.

a martin glass being rimmed with sugar

How To Add A Sugar Rim To A Martini Glass

Rimming a martini glass, or any cocktail glass in sugar is really easy but I get a lot of questions about it all the time. People say that the sugar rim runs, or doesn’t stick to the rim…it’s really all about one thing.

Corn syrup. Using syrup instead of water or in some recipes lime or lemon juice really acts like an edible glue for whatever you’re using to coat the rim of your glass. Water or lime juice will dissolve a sugar rim to some point and make it run down the glass.

an orange martini being poured into a glass

Can I Make This Martini Recipe Ahead Of Time?


Double, triple quadruple this vodka martini recipe and keep it right in the refrigerator until party time. Rim the glasses before your party and have them on stand by.

Then when it’s cocktail time just pour the chilled martini into the rimmed glasses and serve. If you want the icy bits in your martini you can pour the martini mixture into a shaker filled with ice and then pour into each glass.

I do love me some icy bits in my martinis…I have to admit, it’s what makes the drink for me!

pumpkin drop martini with pumpkins in the background

One thing I can tell you is that these cocktails are going to be a big hit. Because like I said before, your guests are going to think these are really sweet but they are actually the perfect balance of strong and sweet.

Coming from a straight up bourbon guy and a Dirty Martini girl, we were even surprised at how much we loved these cocktails!


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an orange martini being poured into a glass

Pumpkin Drop Martini

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x

This festive martini recipe will be a hit at your Thanksgiving or Halloween party!



  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces pumpkin spice liquor
  • 1/2 ounce Liquor 43
  • Corn syrup
  • Colored sugar for rimming the glass


  1. Add some of the sugar to a shallow plate. Pour the corn syrup onto another shallow plate, deep enough to dip the rim of your glass into. Swirl the rim around in the corn syrup and them dip it into the colored sugar to create the sugared rim. (You can do this ahead of time if you’re serving these drinks at a party)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a martini glass and serve.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: martini recipe, halloween cocktails, halloween recipes, pumpkin martini, vodka martinis, vodka cocktails, drink recipes

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