Out of the Pumpkin Patch
This flavor favorite makes for a spirited seasonal libation.
Pumpkin is one of the most recognizable and beloved tastes of fall, popping up this time of year in everything from pies and bread to beer and beyond. This autumn favorite also works well in cocktails. One of the easiest ways to incorporate pumpkin into your cocktails is by creating a homemade liqueur with it.
The key to this concoction is utilizing fresh pumpkin—leave the canned stuff on the shelf! This recipe utilizes dark turbinado sugar for some added depth and a sprinkling of baking spices to evoke the feeling of fall.
Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
1 cup water
1 cup turbinado sugar
pinch whole cloves
pinch allspice berries
2 cinnamon sticks
2 oz pumpkin purée
1 cup vodka
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan on medium heat, being careful not to bring it to a boil until the sugar is completely dissolved. Reduce heat, add the spices and pumpkin purée, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Add vodka and stir to combine; then bottle and enjoy.
This sweet and spicy liqueur can be imbibed on its own—chilled or room temp—as a cordial, or incorporated into a seasonal cocktail, like the Fall Flip. This cocktail is based on the classic Flip, a drink that peaked in popularity in the 19th century. The original recipe calls for sugar, but this modern interpretation subs in the Pumpkin Spice Liqueur to supply the requisite sweetness.
2 oz dark rum
1 oz Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
1 whole egg
Dry shake all ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a double rocks glass. Top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon. For a bit more oomph, add a dash or two of Angostura bitters before shaking. This recipe can also be easily scaled to create a punch for larger groups.
Photo credit: Christopher Gibbons