Last night I had a friend over for a pumpkin themed drinking night. I wanted to try to recreate a pumpkin pie martini that I had at a restaurant recently, but I could not find any horchata and it was a part of their martini. Instead I decided to go with a new idea based on another recipe that I found.
To make the pumpkin pie martini you only need a few ingredients.
1.25 oz vanilla vodka
0.75 oz pumpkin spiced rum
2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1.5 Tbsp pumpkin spiced maple syrup
2 Tbsp half and half
whipped cream for garnish
To make your pumpkin pie martini, simply shake all ingredients except the whipped cream with ice in a cocktail shaker. Once your drink is cold, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with whipped cream.
If you don’t have pumpkin spiced rum and maple syrup, you could use regular aged rum and regular maple syrup and then add a sprinkle of pumpkin spice mix before shaking your cocktail.
This version of the pumpkin pie martini was delicious and we both enjoyed it. I will be trying more options though because that’s just the way I am. If you have any pumpkin martini recipes that you think are worth trying, please let me know.
Pumpkin Pie Martini Rating 8/10
A second pumpkin drink we tried is Pumking and Coke. This is technically a mixer and not a cocktail, but it was still surprisingly good. When I saw that Southern Tier had a canned version of this available I thought it was a bit strange, but decided to give it a try. I couldn’t find their canned version in stock, but I had a bottle of Pumking so I went out and bought some coke to mix with it. The result was worth the special trip to the store for coke. If you have a bottle of Pumking I would give this one a try.
I enjoy a good cocktail, but during the week it can be hard to find the time to make a good cocktail. So I decided to start a series called Mixer Monday. In my Mixer Monday posts I will talk about what mixers I have tried and what I thought of them. Personally, I usually do mixers during the week if I’m drinking and cocktails on the weekend. Mixers are so easy and can be super delicious. If you like to drink adult beverages on occasion you should give some of these mixers a try. Or maybe even try some of your own combinations.
This week I made a batch of pumpkin spice iced tea and tried a few different mixers with it. I will have a post tomorrow on how I make my pumpkin spice iced tea. Here are the mixers I tried starting with my favorite and working down to my least favorite.
Coconut Rum Cream – I love coconut rum cream (and coconut rum) as an iced tea mixer so I figured it was worth a try as a pumpkin spice iced tea mixer as well. It did not disappoint. If you enjoy coconut rum (like Malibu) you may want to give this one a try. 5/5 delicious!
Peanut Butter Whiskey – I used Skrewball, but there are other peanut butter whiskeys out there you could try as well. I enjoyed this one. The peanut butter flavor came through and worked well with the pumpkin spice flavors. 4/5
Pumpkin Whiskey – I used Pumking. I haven’t seen any other pumpkin whiskeys but there could be some out there. This one was definitely strong on the pumpkin spice flavoring, but I still enjoyed it. I would have this one again. 3/5
Vanilla Vodka – I used Smirnoff, but once again there are plenty of other choices. I didn’t feel like this one really changed the flavor of the tea, but I definitely could feel the effects of the alcohol. It makes me wonder how pumpkin vodka would work with this. I guess that’s something I can try for next week’s Mixer Monday. 2/5
Pumpkin Spiced Rum – I used Seacrets which is a Maryland brand that I’m not sure is available in a very large area. While I absolutely love this rum, I did not like it in pumpkin spice iced tea. I actually wound up dumping this one out instead of finishing it. 1/5
Have you tried any mixers with pumpkin spice iced tea? Do you have any suggestions for other mixers to try? I do have a few more that I plan to try and post about next week, but I’m open to other ideas.
The Pumpkin Tea War was a lot of fun for my daughter and I. We got to compare which of my many pumpkin teas were our favorites. In the first round we pretty much agreed on which tea should advance to the second round, but at the end we each had a different favorite tea. You can read about round 1 here. For round 2 we had the following teas:
Lidl Pumpkin Spice vs Spice and Tea Exchange Pumpkin Chai Latte
Yogi Pumpkin Spice vs Dollar Tea Club Pumpkin Patch
Rocky Mountain SereniTEA Pumpkin Pie vs August Uncommon Psychocandy
The final pairing in round 2 was the hardest for me personally since those two teas are among my favorites right now. I have the review for Pumpkin Pie up and the review for Psychocandy will be up tomorrow. The first two rounds both had very clear winners. I will even say that I was surprised that the tea bags won as I usually prefer loose leaf tea. It goes to show that you just don’t know until you’re tasting them side by side.
For the final round of our Pumpkin Tea Showdown we had three teas going up against each other. They were:
Lidl Pumpkin Spice Tea
Yogi Pumpkin Spice Tea
August Uncommon Psychocandy
I do want to note that all of the teas featured in this showdown have been delicious. In the end my daughter and I just could not agree one one favorite tea. So we wound up with 2 winners. She selected Lidl Pumpkin Spice as her favorite and I selected August Uncommon Psychocandy as my favorite. Now I just need to make sure that we both have plenty of our favorites on hand before they are gone for the year.
You can see the videos for the various rounds of the pumpkin tea showdown below.
If you’ve seen any of my pumpkin tea war videos you may have notices that I have a lot of pumpkin teas. But Psychocandy by August Uncommon Teas is currently my favorite of all my pumpkin teas. This tea is absolutely delicious. It even won the Pumpkin Tea Wars. I was introduced to this tea in the Sips By Pumpkin Tea Collection that I purchased last month. I have no regrets about that purchase. I love Sips By for the ability to try new teas without committing to a full size package.
Cons: This brand is not available locally so I have to order online.
Pros: This tea is fall in a cup and has not once been sold out when I have gone to purchase it. They even had a QR code on their package that you can scan to order more.
Overall: The packaging describes this tea as tasting like baked pumpkin, salted butter caramel and golden syrup while feeling like a brisk walk under a Harvest moon. I honestly don’t feel like I can describe it any better than that. So if that sounds like something you’d enjoy, go get yourself some.
One of the teas that I loved in the Sips By Pumpkin Tea collection was the Pumpkin Pie tea by Rocky Mountain SereniTEA. To me it tastes like pumpkin cheesecake. You can read my full review on that tea here. The Pumpkin Pie tea was so good that I wound up placing an order from Rocky Mountain SereniTEA to get some more and try a few more of their teas. Here are the teas that I wound up getting:
Pumpkin Pie – I picked up 2 more bags of this one. One for myself and one for my mother.
Pumpkin Spice – A seasonal black tea
Maroonbells Lady Grey – A creamy Earl Grey with green tea ad=nd jasmine flower.
Cherry Almond – A flavored black tea.
Cucumber Melon – This one I picked up for my father.
Peach Green Tea – This was a sample included with the order.
Apple Spice Black Tea – This was a second sample included with the order. Since I’m not a fan of apple beverages I will pass this on to a friend.
I’m excited to try these new teas. They have more that look really good to me so if I enjoy these anywhere near as much as I enjoyed the Pumpkin Pie tea, I will definitely be ordering more.
I will be posting reviews of these teas in the coming weeks. I have a bit of a backlog of teas to write reviews on. Thankfully I love trying new teas.
One of my favorite teas from the Pumpkin Tea Collection I purchased from Sips By is the Pumpkin Pie tea by Rocky Mountain SereniTEA. This tea is delicious and I have already purchased a new bag for myself and one to give to my mother. Here is my full review:
Overall: As mentioned above, this tea tastes like pumpkin cheesecake. I enjoy it in the evenings without worry about caffeine keeping me up. It’s a delicious way to unwind after dinner. Do be aware that since this tea has hibiscus in it, if you add dairy products they will curdle.
Rating: 10/10 – I’ve already purchased a backup bag.
This tea was so good that I purchased a few additional teas from Rocky Mountain SereniTEA to try out. You can watch my unboxing of my order below. The additional tea reviews will be coming soon.
It has been crazy at work lately so tonight I decided to make myself a fun Halloween cocktail. I found the recipe for the Malibu Bloody Bay Breeze on the Malibu Rum website. It’s a pretty easy cocktail to make so it was perfect for a quick weeknight adult beverage break. All you need is Malibu (I used strawberry), cranberry juice, pineapple juice and grenadine. I even made a child friendly version for my daughter. Hers had strawberry seltzer instead of the Malibu. It was delicious and I enjoyed it very much. You can watch me make it in the TikTok video below.
Another fun Halloween themed cocktail with Malibu is the Maliboo. This one just uses lemonade, Malibu and grenadine so it’s super easy to make as well. I don’t remember where I found this recipe, I think it was the Malibu Facebook page. It’s just 1 part Malibu (I used strawberry again), 2 parts lemonade and top with a splash of grenadine. You can watch me make this one in the TikTok below.
Pros: This is a delicious caffeine free tea that is a fun way to have a dessert if you want to save yourself some calories instead of actually eating dessert.
Cons: Some people may not like the gold glitter. There are also allergens of dairy, coconut and nuts.
Overall: Enchanted Forest is a delicious caffeine free tea. The edible gold glitter is a fun addition. The tea itself is sweet so you really don’t need to add much, if any, sweetener. The flavor is a mild caramel and nutty flavor which I personally find delicious. For me, this is a fun way to replace dessert some evenings. We have already used all of our sample packet and my daughter has requested that I buy more.
Fall is my favorite season and I love that Sips By is getting in to the Halloween spirit with their Magic themed tea box. When I told my daughter about their Magic Tea Box with it’s color changing tea and the sparkling glitter teas, she begged me to get it. Obviously I did get it and we had fun trying out these new teas. We even had different favorites from this collection.
Here are the teas included and some notes on each one. I will have a full review up on each one of these this week.
Faerie by The Witchwood Tea House This is the color changing tea although I did not managed to get it to change colors for me. It tasted mildly of mint and was fine, but nothing special in my opinion.
5th Dimension by The Balanced Buddha Co. This tea was way too herbal for my tastes and I wound up dumping it out and getting rid of the rest of it. I am not a fan at all. When I just looked up this tea box on Sips By I noticed that this tea isn’t even included in the collection anymore so I’m guessing I’m not the only one who wasn’t a fan.
Glimmering Dusk by Magic Moon This tea is a caramel flavored black tea with gold glimmer and was my favorite of the batch.
Enchanted Forest by Tea Goblin This is a fall flavored herbal tea with apples and hazelnut brittle along with other fall ingredients and gold glitter. It was the favorite of my daughter.
You can watch my unboxing and hear my quick reviews of these teas below:
Overall: This tea was just ok to me. It did smell like pink lemonade and even tasted like watered down pink lemonade. I think I should have made a smaller batch of tea with the amount of product I had to work with. I used the whole 8 gram sample to make half a gallon of iced tea. It would have been better to make a quart. For me, I think it’s just easier to buy pink lemonade on the rare occasion that I want one than to keep this tea on hand. At this point I have no plans to purchase any further quantities of this tea.