Pumpkin Pie-Spiced White Russian

Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons, including the arrival of pumpkin season! These days, pumpkin spice products have become ubiquitous; I like to embrace the moment by coming up with fun and different ways to infuse pumpkin into my cooking and cocktails, and this pumpkin pie-spiced White Russian is my new go-to autumn sip.

Our friends and family love this festive drink because it’s creamy, super simple and pretty for fall. It’s a great drink to serve at holiday parties or just at home on a crisp evening. I plan to have a pumpkin pie-spiced White Russian in my hand as we take our son, Henry, trick or treating for the first time this year. Crunchy leaves underfoot, a chill in the air and a pumpkin pie-spiced White Russian by your side – doesn’t that sound like the perfect fall evening?

Pumpkin Pie-Spiced White Russian

It's easy to find premade pumpkin spice creamer this time of year. However, you can make your own in just a few minutes to kick your cocktail up a notch.

Serves | 2 |

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Rim

  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp crushed graham crackers

White Russian

  • 3 oz vodka
  • 3 oz pumpkin spice creamer (recipe below)
  • 1½ oz Kahlúa
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • pumpkin pie spice, for garnish

| Preparation – Pumpkin Spice Creamer | In a medium saucepot, whisk together all ingredients and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute; remove from heat at let cool at least 5 minutes.

| Preparation – Rim | On a shallow plate, combine all ingredients. Dip the edge of two rocks glasses in water and then dip into the graham cracker mixture. Press to coat; set glasses aside.

| Preparation – White Russian | In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, creamer and Kahlúa. Shake lightly until combined and cold. Strain into glasses with ice, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and serve.

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Becky Hardin is the recipe developer, photographer and owner of thecookierookie.com. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook and Family Circle.

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