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Grapefruit Ginger Spiced Rum Punch

Grapefruit juice, ginger beer & sparkling wine are combined in this easy spiced rum punch recipe, perfect for serving a crowd at birthday, Christmas or holiday parties!

Copper serving bowl filled with spiced rum punch, topped with slices of grapefruit and mint leaves, with two glasses of rum punch on the side sitting on a patterned towel with fresh mint leaves

Making delicious bowls of cocktails is something I’ve become known for. In the summer, I’m all about the Lemon Berry Prosecco Sangria and at Thanksgiving, it’s all about the Cranberry Apple Sangria.

Around the holidays everyone goes crazy for this Cranberry Apple Moscow Mule Punch and this Grapefruit Ginger Spiced Rum Punch! And since it’s the holidays, it’s totally acceptable to make both!

One thing I love about serving this punch bowl at parties is that the drinks are pre-made and everyone can serve themselves whenever they’d like!

Another thing I love about this rum punch is that you simply pour everything into a bowl, stir and serve. It’s so easy to make, you can whip it up in 5 minutes to serve at your own party or take to a party! Read the full post here!

Frozen Peach Sangria

You only need 4 ingredients to make these light and refreshing Frozen Peach Sangria Slushies! They’re perfect for cooling off on warm summer days!

Frozen Peach Sangria on Copper Tray with Fresh Peaches

The temperatures have been soaring lately and I’ve found myself reaching for frozen cocktails by the pool every chance I’ve had! So far this summer I’ve been blending up these Strawberry Watermelon White Wine Slushies, Frozen Mango Margaritas and Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies!

Last weekend, I decided that it was time to turn one of my most popular cocktail recipes for White Peach Sangria into a frozen cocktail and boy, am I glad I did!

This sangria tastes like you’re sipping on a fresh peach slushie, that also happens to have white wine it! It’s so refreshing and SO easy to blend up with just 4 ingredients in only 5 minutes!

Read the full recipe here!

Strawberry Watermelon Wine Slushies

These 3 ingredient Strawberry Watermelon White Wine Slushies are easy to blend up for parties, pool side cocktails or happy hour anytime! This refreshing cocktail recipe is made in just 5 minutes, so you can quickly get to sipping!

Strawberry Watermelon Wine Slushies in Watermelon

It’s summertime y’all and wine slushies are all the rage! I already shared a recipe for Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies and now I’m combining two of my favorite summer fruits, watermelon and strawberries, in this refreshing new slushie recipe!

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Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies

Three ingredients are combined to make the most refreshing drink of the summer, Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies, they’re easy to blend together in just 5 minutes for your next party, pool day or happy hour!

Strawberry Lemon White Wine Slushies

The warm days of summer are here, which means it’s time to update your menu of refreshing summer cocktails and I’ve got the first 3 to add to your menu! These Frozen Coconut Mojitos, Frozen Mango Margaritas and Lemon Berry White Wine Slushies are guaranteed to be a hit at your next pool party, beach bash or BBQ!

Read the full recipe here!

Lemon Berry Prosecco Sangria

Fresh lemons and strawberries are mixed with bubbly prosecco for a refreshing prosecco sangria recipe. It’s perfect for spring and summer!

Fresh lemons and strawberries are mixed with bubbly prosecco for a refreshing prosecco sangria recipe that is perfect for spring and summer!

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, there’s a great chance you’ve heard me talk about, take pictures at or check in to Queenstown Public House. It’s my “Cheers” if you will. My neighborhood bar where “everybody knows my name.” But literally, I’ve been asked if I work there because people see me there so often!

It’s a gem and I’m a creature of habit. What can I say? I find something I love, I stick with it.

One of the things that keeps me coming back time and time again is their Prosecco Mint Sangria. It’s amazing.  So amazing that I decided to re-create it at home last weekend and share my version with you all!

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Grilled Fruit Sangria

Red Wine Sangria is given a delicious twist in this refreshing cocktail recipe that features cinnamon sugar grilled peaches, apples, oranges and lemons!

Red Wine Sangria is given a delicious twist in this refreshing cocktail recipe that features cinnamon sugar grilled peaches, apples, oranges and lemons!

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and what better time to bust out the grill and grill up a juicy, delicious cocktail! Wait, what, grilling a cocktail, are you crazy?!

Why, yes, yes I am kind of crazy, but we’re not actually grilling the sangria here, we’re grilling the fruit that goes in the sangria!

Two years ago, I created this Grilled Strawberry Lemonade and it was such a hit on the “Grill Your Whole Meal” segment I hosted on San Diego 6 News, that I couldn’t wait to find more drinks to grill up!

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Make Your Own Margarita Bar

There’s nothing more fun than a make your own Margarita Bar! Create one with ease for your next party or event and impress all of your guests!

There's nothing more fun than a make your own Margarita Bar! Create one with ease for your next party or event and impress all of your guests!

Earlier this week I shared a post for how to Make Your Own Taco Bar, but it felt incomplete. Why, you ask? Because we all know you can’t have a tasty taco, without washing it down with a delicious margarita, thus I created the “Make Your Own Margarita Bar”!

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Caffe Mocha Martini

Coffee liqueur, chocolate, cream and vodka, combine to make this delicious Caffe Mocha Martini recipe, perfect for a post-dinner cocktail!

Caffe Mocha Martini Recipe

Today’s post is sponsored by Daily’s Cocktails!

Whether hosting a dinner at home for friends, or Christmas dinner with my family in Oklahoma, when it comes to entertaining for the holidays, I love to serve an after dinner cocktail.

Two of my favorites are chocolate martinis and espresso martinis, because who doesn’t like a little dessert or a little coffee after a delicious meal?! 😉

Today I combined both martinis to create this Caffe Mocha Martini recipe with the help of the brand new line of Cream Cocktails from Daily’s Cocktails!

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Watermelon Jalapeño Mojito

This Jalapeño Watermelon Mojito Recipe is light and refreshing with a slight kick of spice, made delicious as a cocktail or as a mocktail!

Watermelon Jalapeno Mojito Recipe

It’s Thursday, which means that it’s almost the weekend!

And since 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year, most people have Friday off, which means it’s basically Friday! Time to make yourself a mojito! 😉

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Grilled Strawberry Lemonade

Fresh lemons and strawberries are grilled in this delicious recipe twist on strawberry lemonade, perfectly refreshing for summer BBQs!

Grilled Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Ever since I completed my Balcony Makeover a couple of weeks ago, all I’ve wanted to do is hang out on the balcony and grill EVERYTHING!

Seriously, 8 out of 10 new recipes posted this week, or coming in the next two weeks on the blog, are grilled! I can’t be stopped, must grill everything… including lemonade!

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Long Island Iced Coffee

This deliciously boozy Long Island Iced Coffee cocktail is every coffee lovers dream! It’s the perfect recipe for an after-dinner drink!

Long Island Iced Coffee Recipe

A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon Halcyon, a new hybrid coffee/bar/restaurant in the East Village neighborhood of downtown San Diego.

I was with a group of friends on a Friday night, so we asked for the cocktail list. I was so ridiculously excited when they presented me with an entire menu of coffee cocktails. As a die-hard coffee-loving girl, I couldn’t wait to try one of these cocktail creations!

I was immediately drawn to the “Long Island Iced Coffee” – I was both intrigued and excited about trying this – I figured that it would either be the best thing ever or totally weird – IT WAS THE BEST THING EVER!

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Pear Pomegranate Martini

Two delicious fruit flavors are combined in this low sugar, low calorie pear and pomegranate martini recipe, a festive cocktail for any occasion!

Pear Pomegranate Martini

Today’s post is sponsored by bai. 

For todays festive new drink recipe, I partnered up with my friends at bai to bring you a tasty, low calorie, naturally sweetened martini!

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Peach Basil Moscow Mule

A traditional Moscow Mule cocktail is given a summer twist with peach vodka, fresh basil and lemon juice for a super refreshing drink!

Peach Basil Moscow Mule

I took one sip of this cocktail creation on 4th of July, then looked at my friend and said, “ok these are dangerous. Dangerously good!”

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw the “cheers-ing” of copper mugs on my balcony with red & blue straws to kick off the holiday weekend.

If you were wondering what was inside and thinking that is was probably just a traditional Moscow Mule, then you would be wrong, this is the Moscow Mule, summer-ized!

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Frozen Sangria

Fresh fruit is blended into this delicious frozen sangria recipe. The perfect cocktail for cooling down during the summer months!

Frozen Fruit Sangria

Today’s post is sponsored by Yellow Tail.

For anyone that knows me (or follows me on Instagram), it’s quite apparent that I am a BIG FAN of Sangria, which is why I was so excited to try Yellow Tail’s new bottled sangria!

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Blueberry Mint Prosecco Sparkler

Fresh blueberries and mint add a burst of light, fresh flavor to this sparkling Prosecco cocktail, perfect for spring and summer!

Blueberry Mint Prosecco Sparkler

It’s Friday, which makes it the perfect time to share a new cocktail recipe to get your weekend started!

I’m a huge fan of prosseco! I  love it on it’s own or in cocktails, like this Lemon Berry Prosecco Sangria!

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Sparkling Cherry Lime Mojito Punch

Fresh cherries, limes & mint are muddled with sugar, then mixed with rum & sparkling water in this Cherry Lime Mojito Punch recipe, perfect for parties!

Sparkling Cherry Lime Mojito Punch

Yesterday was Wednesday, which seemed like a good day for a mojito!

I should also tell you that I consider any day which ends with the letter “Y” a good day for a mojito! 😉

Cherry Mojitos

My sweet friend Charlotte is getting married in 10 days. She came over last night for a little pre-wedding relaxation. I thought this would be the perfect beverage to help her lighten up and enjoy some time away from the wedding craziness!

Did you know that cherries actually help calm the nervous system? So cool, right?

Sparkling Cherry Lime Mojito Punch Ingredients

Cherry Lime Mojito Punch Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 3 limes (sliced)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cherries (pitted)
  • 12 oz rum
  • ½ cup water
  • 750 ml sparkling lime water

Cherry Lime Mojito Punch Instructions

Add fresh mint and limes to the bottom of a pitcher or punch bowl.

Cherry Lime Mojito Punch Recipe

Add the sugar, then muddle with the back of a large spoon or a muddler.

Mojito Punch Recipe

Add the cherries and muddle.

Cherry Lime Mojito Punch Recipe

Add the rum, water and sparkling water. Mix well.

Cherry Lime Mojito Punch Recipe

Fill the pitcher with ice then pour into a glass and garnish with fresh cherries and mint leaves.

Cherry Lime Mojito Punch

This punch is light, refreshing, bubbly perfection.

Fresh Cherry Mojito Recipe

Making a large pitcher of mojitos is perfect for parties so that you can enjoy the festivities without spending 5 minutes preparing a single cocktail for each guest.

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Sparkling Cherry Lime Mojito Punch

Fresh cherries, limes & mint are muddled with sugar, then mixed with rum & sparkling water in this Cherry Lime Mojito Punch recipe, perfect for parties!

Course Drinks
Cuisine cuban
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 mojitos(8 oz each)
Calories 152 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 3 limes sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cherries pitted
  • 12 oz rum
  • ½ cup water
  • 750 ml sparkling lime water

Instructions

  1. Add the fresh mint and limes to the bottom of a pitcher or punch bowl.

  2. Add the sugar, then muddle with the back of a large spoon or a muddler.
  3. Add the cherries and muddle.
  4. Add the rum, water and sparkling water. Mix well.
  5. Fill the pitcher with ice then pour into a glass and garnish with fresh cherries and mint leaves.

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

This avocado honeydew melon margarita is creamy, fresh and a unique twist on a classic cocktail, perfect for Cinco De Mayo or any Mexican Fiesta!

Avocado Melon Margarita

This Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita might be the most interesting margarita you’ll ever drink!

Avocado Margarita

Creamy avocado is combined with fresh honeydew melon for a super refreshing twist to a classic margarita!

While I was weary  of putting avocado in my margarita at first, I soon jumped on the bandwagon after trying this deliciously creamy treat, so why not jump on it with me and try something new this weekend?

I promise that you will not be disappointed!

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon (chopped)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz water

Puree the melon and avocado together in a blender.

Avocado Honeydew Melon Puree

Add the puree to a shaker with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar and water.

Avocado Honeydew Margarita

Shake and strain into glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! Hope you have a delicious day tomorrow and don’t forget to check out our “Cinco De Mayo” board on Pinterest for tons of scrumptious food and drink recipes for the holiday!

Remember to check out our other delicious margarita recipes like Blackberry Jalapeño and Serrano Chili Mango!

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Avocado Honeydew Melon Margarita

This avocado honeydew melon margarita is creamy, fresh and a unique twist on a classic cocktail, perfect for Cinco De Mayo or any Mexican Fiesta!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 margarita (app 14 oz)
Calories 507 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon chopped
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1 oz water

Instructions

  1. Puree the melon and avocado together in a blender.

  2. Add the puree to a shaker with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave nectar and water.

  3. Shake with ice and strain into a glass.

  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

This Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita recipe is light and refreshing, making it the perfect poolside cocktail for warm summer months!

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

It’s day 3 of “Margarita-A-Day” until Cinco De Mayo!

Cucumber Margarita

And todays margarita is so light and refreshing that it almost tastes healthy!

This cucumber jalapeno margarita is super fresh with a little kick, making it the perfect poolside cocktail for the warm summer months.

Serve it with a side of Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole for a happy union of two very delicious things!

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 jalapeño, sliced and seeded
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 2 oz tequila reposado
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Add the cucumber and jalapeño to a shaker, then muddle.

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Muddled Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Add the lime juice, tequila, triple sec, agave nectar and ice, then shake well.

Pour into glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Cucumber Margarita Recipe

This margarita would be delicious at a fiesta with Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers and Deconstructed Mexican Street Corn!

Fresh Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Recipe
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Cucumber Jalapeno Margaritas

This Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita recipe is light and refreshing, making it the perfect poolside cocktail for warm summer months!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 margarita (app 6 oz)
Calories 322 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cucumber sliced
  • 1/2 jalapeño sliced and seeded
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 2 oz tequila reposado
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Add the cucumber and jalapeño to a shaker, then muddle.

  2. Add the lime juice, tequila, triple sec, agave nectar and ice, then shake well.

  3. Pour into glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Serrano Chili Mango Margarita

This Serrano Chili Mango Margarita recipe is sweet, spicy, light and refreshing, perfect for warm summer days, BBQ’s or your next fiesta!

Mango Chili Margarita Recipe

It’s day two of “margarita-a-day” until Cinco De Mayo and I’d like to introduce you to my friend, the Serrano Chili Mango Margarita!

Mango Margarita Recipe

Just like yesterday when we combined blackberries and jalapeños, today we’re combining another fruit with another pepper for a sweet and spicy, refreshing cocktail!

Mango Serrano Chili Margarita Ingredients

Serrano Chili Mango Margarita Ingredients

  • 1/2 mango (diced)
  • 1 serrano chili (seeded and diced)
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Serrano Chili Mango Margarita Instructions

Muddle the mango and serrano chili in a shaker.

Muddled Mango and Serrano Chilies

Add the tequila, triple sec, agave nectar and ice to the shaker.

Shake well then pour into a salt rimmed glass and garnish with a lime.

Mango Margarita

Sip this cocktail on the patio in the middle of summer to cool down and relax! I promise that you won’t be able to have just one! 😉

Mango Serrano Chili Margarita

This is also the perfect drink to serve with Chips, Guacamole and Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers at a Mexican BBQ or dinner party!

Serrano Mango Margarita Recipe

Don’t forget to check out all of my margaritas and favorite Cinco De Mayo recipes on Pinterest!

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Serrano Chili mango Margarita

This Serrano Chili Mango Margarita recipe is sweet, spicy, light and refreshing, perfect for warm summer days, BBQ's or your next fiesta!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 margarita (app 6 oz)
Calories 357 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1/2 mango diced
  • 1 serrano chili seeded and diced
  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Muddle the mango and serrano chili in a shaker.
  2. Add the tequila, triple sec, agave nectar and ice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well then strain and pour into a salt rimmed glass and garnish with a lime.

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

This Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float combines scoops of vanilla ice cream with delicious pumpkin ale and a dash of cinnamon for a delicious fall treat!

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

My favorite time of year is the week when Pumpkin Beer hits the shelves and college football begins!

I somehow managed to take this glorious week and my favorite beer and make it even better in this delicious concoction that transforms a classic dessert favorite into an adult style fall treat with a pumpkin twist!

Pumpkin Beer Float Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 float)

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin ale
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass. Pour the pumpkin ale over the ice cream and top with a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin Ale Float

This dessert is perfect for the beginning of fall when it’s still warm enough outside to enjoy ice cream, but fall is in the air, so it also feels acceptable to begin drinking pumpkin beer!

And you thought root beer floats couldn’t get better? Well, they just did!

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

Grab a spoon and dig in to this scrumptious Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float!

Pumpkin Beer Float

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Pumpkin Ale Float

This Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float combines scoops of vanilla ice cream with delicious pumpkin ale and a dash of cinnamon for a delicious fall treat!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 float
Calories 514 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin ale
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass.
  2. Pour the pumpkin ale over the ice cream and top with a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin Mudslide

The Pumpkin Mudslide is a fun seasonal twist on a traditional Mudslide combining pumpkin pie vodka and coffee liquor in a delicious fall cocktail!

Pumpkin Mudslide

Trick or Treat with a Delicious Drink! Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Slide

This Pumpkin Mudslide is a fun seasonal twist on a traditional mudslide!

Pumpkin Mudslide Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 2 cocktails)

  • 2 shots coffee liqueur
  • 2 shots irish cream liqueur
  • ½ cup milk
  • dash cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pumpkin
  • 4 shots pumpkin pie vodka

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice and shake well.  Strain into a glass and top with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie Mudslide

Add sprinkles for a little extra fun!  (And who doesn’t like a little extra fun in their life??)

Pumpkin Mudslide

Rim the glass with sprinkles for even MORE fun!

Pumpkin Mudslide

Hope everyone has a Spook-tacular day!

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Pumpkin Mudslide

The Pumpkin Mudslide is a fun seasonal twist on a traditional Mudslide combining pumpkin pie vodka and coffee liquor in a delicious fall cocktail!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 530 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 3 oz coffee liqueur
  • 3 oz irish cream liqueur
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 dash ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 6 oz pumpkin pie vodka

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to shaker with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a glass and top with whipped cream.

Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail

Rich apple cider is paired with sparkling champagne, vodka, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg to make a festive fall apple cider champagne cocktail!

Rich apple cider is paired with sparkling champagne, vodka, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg to make a festive fall apple cider champagne cocktail!

This Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail could also be called a “Fall-mosa”, as it’s basically an Apple Cider Mimosa! It’s filled with the delicious flavors of fall like maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

If you’re like me, one of your favorite parts of Fall is all the pumpkin goodness that starts popping up around this time of year, including the ever-so-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte.

In this martini I combine Pumpkin Pie Vodka with Coffee Liquor for a martini that is sure to give you that boost you love from a latte with a little kick from the vodka!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 martini)

  • 2 shots pumpkin pie vodka
  • 2 shots coffee liqueur
  • dash ground ginger
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers and serve with cinnamon stick to garnish.

Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte Cocktail

This is the perfect after-dinner drink for a cool fall night or sipping cocktail at a Halloween party!

Pumpkin Coffee Martini