5 Tasty Pumpkin Cocktails

Mix some up to welcome the autumn season


If you’ve been paying attention to your calendar or the storefront of your local grocery store, you know that pumpkins are the seasonal squash to buy right now. Last week on TheSpir.it, we shared a recipe for homemade pumpkin vodka. Now that the vodka is complete, some pumpkin-centric cocktails are in order!

While I tend to shy away from drinks that are overly sweet, there’s something about pumpkin cocktails that makes me want to throw my not-too-sweet tooth to the wind and drink up. So while the colder months often have me reaching for a warming whiskey drink, the flavors of pumpkin make my taste buds yearn for the sweet flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, among others.

Pumpkin Cocktail image courtesy of Dinner Series via Flickr/cc
When building your pumpkin cocktails, be creative with mixers but refrain from making things too complicated. The best thing about making cocktails at home is the ability to mix and match flavors until your concoction is just right. Just because pumpkin vodka has a lot going on doesn’t mean it can’t be mixed easily. The flavors in your vodka, whether you use our homemade recipe or a store-bought brand, are screaming for some additional subtle sweetness. The flavors of clove, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg are very present in our homemade recipe, so using mixers that bring out these flavors is really important.

Below are some great pumpkin cocktail recipes that I prepared using my homemade pumpkin vodka. Try some of these cocktails and let us know what you think. Cheers, and happy pumpkin season!

Have any pumpkin cocktail recipes to share? Let us know about them in the comments section below!


3 oz Pumpkin Vodka
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange Slice
Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture

Combine vodka and vermouth in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Rim the cocktail glass with the orange slice. Dip the glass in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Shake the vodka mixture vigorously and strain into the martini glass. Garnish with the orange slice.

Pumpkin a la Mode

3 oz Pumpkin Vodka
2 oz Bailey’s Original Irish Cream
½ oz Sherry (We recommend Hartley & Gibson Pedro Ximenez)
Grated Cinnamon
Grated Nutmeg
Cinnamon Stick for Garnish

Combine the vodka, Bailey’s and sherry in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

Spiced Autumn Cider Punch

4 cups Pumpkin Vodka
2 cups Apple Cider
Ginger Ale
Grated Nutmeg
Cinnamon Sticks

Combine the vodka, apple cider and ginger ale in a pitcher. Stir gently and serve in rocks glasses with one large ice cube per glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

Pumpkin Chocolate Pie

2 oz Pumpkin Vodka
1 oz Godiva Mocha Liqueur

Combine vodka and liqueur in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain. Serve as a shot.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Latte

3 oz Pumpkin Vodka
3 oz Milk
1 cup Black Coffee, hot
Grated Cinnamon

Heat the milk in a pot over medium-high heat. When the milk begins to boil, remove from the heat and stir in the grated cinnamon. Combine the vodka and coffee in a mug and fill the rest of the mug with the warmed milk. Stir to combine and garnish with some fresh grated cinnamon.

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