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Pumpkin- Eggnog Martini

This week, I judged the DRINKS category of the Pacific Natural Foods Everyday Chef Recipe Challenge (which was great fun, by the way). Home cooks were encouraged to enter their own holiday-themed drink creations using Pacific Natural Foods products for the chance to win great prizes. It was a tough decision… since I was lured by the Salted Caramel Snickertini, tempted by the Blueberry Muffin Smoothie and the Cherry Banana Bliss, wishing I had the Hot Buttered Hazelnut Rum or the Hazelnutmeg Alexander, and very curious about the Holiday Hangover Smoothie and the Dominican Rum Eggnog.  But the big winner… the one that grabbed my taste-buds by the roots and screamed, “This is it!”… the big winner is the Pumpkin Eggnog Martini– a recipe created by Carly Marchant.

Here’s how you make it:

Rub the rims of two martini glasses with a small amount of agave nectar, then dip the rims in a mix of superfine sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

Here’s the process, and what goes into the martini.  Grab a cocktail shaker, fill it with ice and add all of this good stuff.  This cocktail is made with a base of Vanilla Almond Milk.

The lid goes on the cocktail shaker, and shake away.

The egg whites in the drink add a little bit of foamy froth to the tops of the martinis.  You’ll spot it when you take the lid off after shaking.

Strain the drink into two glasses.

Sprinkle nutmeg on top.  Freshly grated nutmeg is best!

And there they are!  I’m not usually much of a drinky-drink kind of person, but this is one awesome holiday cocktail!  It’s not overly sweet at all, and it is very reminiscent of eggnog with added pumpkin flavor and plenty of rum.  Great job, and congrats to Carly- who won a VitaMix Pro for her efforts!  Thanks to all for entering.  Some great recipes were submitted- it’s fun to see what people came up with!

Yield: 2 cocktails

Prep Time: 15 min

Pumpkin- Eggnog Martini

The winning recipe in the "Drinks" category of the EveryDay Chef Challenge...


1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 cups ice
1 cup vanilla almond milk
2 to 2 1/2 ounces dark rum
1 1/2 tablespoons pure (unsweetened) pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons beaten egg whites
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

additional freshly grated nutmeg


1. Rub the rims of two martini glasses with agave nectar. Mix sugar and pie spice on a small plate and dip the wet rims into the sugar.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add almond milk, rum, pumpkin, egg whites, agave, pie spice and nutmeg. Put the lid on the shaker and shake several times. Remove the lid and strain the cocktail into the two glasses. Sprinkle each drink with a little more nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Source: (via the EveryDay Chef Challenge)

Disclosure: I have been provided with compensation and products for my task in creating an original recipe and participation as a judge in the Pacific Natural Foods EveryDay Chef Challenge.


  1. postedDec 29, 2011 7:00 AM

    I think whatever bacteria could potentially be in the raw egg whites would be killed by the ethanol in the rum. Wash the egg before you crack it too to be extra careful i suppose.

  2. postedNov 18, 2011 12:46 PM

    I would love to try this. So interesting to use egg whites. I bet that scares away a lot of people.

    • postedNov 19, 2011 10:47 AM

      Yeah, not sure… but I know a lot of people use egg whites in breakfast smoothies, so I don’t know why that would be any different. People could use regular eggnog if weary of the egg whites, I suppose.

  3. postedNov 17, 2011 1:11 PM

    I could not think of a more delicious drink to wash down my holiday meals. Looks amazing Lori.

  4. postedNov 17, 2011 9:26 AM

    Yum… What a great cocktail!

  5. postedNov 17, 2011 9:18 AM

    Yes, please! Two, please!

  6. postedNov 16, 2011 6:22 PM

    Mark my words: this is happening this weekend.

  7. postedNov 16, 2011 10:48 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    This looks so good, Lori!

    I’ll take two.


  8. postedNov 16, 2011 7:47 AM

    I’m a fan of the not too sickly sweet drinks so the snickertini might have been a bit much for me. But this pumpkin martini looks juuuuuust right.

  9. postedNov 16, 2011 7:40 AM
    Jennie O'Connor

    What a yummy little cocktail, just right for the holidays. Besides the flavor, I like it because it adds a little healthy sustenance to the party.

  10. postedNov 16, 2011 7:30 AM

    what a festive drink!! love this idea!

  11. postedNov 16, 2011 7:21 AM

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I cannot wait to try it for upcoming holiday parties 🙂 I love me some eggnog.

  12. postedNov 16, 2011 7:17 AM

    Sounds simply fabulous! Wish I was having a party to serve these at 😉

  13. postedNov 16, 2011 7:16 AM

    that looks awesome!

    and I totally forgot to submit my gingerbread milkshake on Monday – doh! I wrote myself a note and everything 🙂 guess i’ll have to enter it next year!

  14. postedNov 16, 2011 7:13 AM

    This looks yummy!! I’d love to make it however, what would you suggest as an alternative to the egg whites? I don’t feel too comfortable eating raw eggs…Can I just leave them out?

    • postedNov 16, 2011 7:15 AM

      I’d say if you’re uncomfortable eating the raw egg whites, it should be perfectly okay to add a tablespoon of store-bought eggnog instead. In fact, that sounds really good to me!

  15. postedNov 16, 2011 7:10 AM

    Oh yesyesyes!! This sounds perfect for some after dinner relaxation on Thanksgiving night 🙂 xx

    • postedNov 16, 2011 7:16 AM

      Great idea!

  16. postedNov 16, 2011 5:20 AM

    OH MY GOD! It’s 8:30 am here… and I want to start drinking. These look amazing.

  17. postedNov 16, 2011 5:14 AM

    This looks FABULOUS!! SO festive and yummy. I’m curious about the Salted Caramel Snickertini too…maybe we should try it out in Texas. I’ll let you make it 😉

    • postedNov 16, 2011 7:16 AM

      Me too- must try that one! With little snickers as garnish too, don’t ya think? 🙂

  18. postedNov 16, 2011 4:52 AM

    My favorite Christmas treat(s)!!! in drink form!!

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