With seasonal flavors and fall vibes, you’ll love this list of Pumpkin Cocktails. Whether you’re hosting Friendsgiving or enjoying a quiet night in, these recipes will help you find the perfect pumpkin drinks to make at home.
Why I Chose These Recipes
Nothing says fall like the flavor of pumpkin! And while we like to make fun of America’s love of all things pumpkin spice, enjoying a pumpkin cocktail is a MUST at least once during the season.
Not only can you enjoy these delicious cocktails with friends and family, but they also make for the perfect holiday party drink as well.
Serve a signature drink creates a memorable fall moment and this list has tons of easy and delicious drinks to choose from.
How to Add Pumpkin Flavor to Cocktails
That rich pumpkin flavor can be added to cocktails in a variety of ways. From canned pumpkin puree, as I add in my Pumpkin Spice Margarita, to pumpkin-flavored coffee syrup, you will be able to find a recipe to make based on ingredients you feel comfortable with.
You can even make classic cocktails a little more fall-friendly by swapping out the traditional spirit for some pumpkin-flavored liquor. Or add a dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract.
The rich, earthy flavor of pumpkin is perfect for this time of year and that’s why I’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite pumpkin cocktails. Enjoy!
If you’re a pumpkin fan, you also might love a Pumpkin Recipes e-cookbook! I worked on this with some blogging friends and it has 30 recipes with breakfast, drinks and desserts that are all pumpkin flavored! YUM!
- When mixing up your own easy pumpkin cocktails, try using maple syrup for the sweetener! It adds a richness, that pairs perfectly with the pumpkin flavor. It’s a great falls switch from using regular simple syrup.
- Only need a tablespoon or two of pumpkin? Freeze the rest so you can make pumpkin drinks all season long. Scoop tablespoon sized dollops of pumpkin onto a wax paper covered sheet pan. Freeze until hard, then bag up! Grab and defrost only what you need!
- Just about any liquor will work with pumpkin flavor but some of my favorites are spiced rum and bourbon or whisky. Of course, vodka such a versatile flavor, is great for drinks too!
- Adding a rim to a cocktail glass is the perfect finishing touch, even for pumpkin cocktails. You can use Tajin, spiced sugar, pie spice and even caramel and they will all taste delicious (of course, which rim to use will depend on which recipe you are making above).
Frequently Asked Questions
From copper mugs that look like pumpkins to a pumpkin punchbowl, you can serve pumpkin cocktails in just about anything! Use a pumpkin ice mold and chill a larger batch of a fall drink. Garnish with a cute Halloween stir stick or pumpkin umbrella, and you’re all set.
Yes, if the recipe you choose requires pumpkin puree, you can make your own. Head to this recipe from Dish by Dish to see how.
Pumpkin cocktails can be on the sweet side but have a hint of savory that is really nice! It keeps the drinks from feeling like you’re eating dessert. Pumpkin pairs well with cream which you can sweeten up in a number of ways. It also depends on how you are adding pumpkin to a drink. A pumpkin syrup will make a drink on the sweeter side.