Tastes of Autumn: Pumpkin Cocktail

This season I tend toward flavors of fall when choosing a beverage, which in all honesty, is usually a beer; pumpkin ale, Oktoberfest brews fill my fridge and my tummy. Sometimes it’s nice to switch it up though, and try a cocktail instead.

One of my favorite mixed drinks inspired by the season pairs pumpkin with pear vodka. It’s delicious and I most definitely recommend it for your next get-together or even a relaxing evening at home.


Pumpkin Divine Cocktail
2 oz Grey Goose La Poire vodka
2 oz pumpkin butter (recipe follows)
1 oz triple sec
1 oz simple syrup
Pinch each of ground cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger
Grated nutmeg for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, pumpkin butter, triple sec and simple syrup. Add a pinch each of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger. Shake well, until beads of condensation appear on the outside of the shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with grated nutmeg. Enjoy!

Whip up a batch of tasty pumpkin butter for this cocktail and more, with this recipe from easteuropeanfood.about.com:

Pumpkin Butter Recipe
1 lb pie pumpkin, peeled and cubed or (1) 15 oz can pumpkin (not pie mix)
½ cup water
½ cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ginger
¼ tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves

Place pumpkin and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until the pumpkin has broken down. Strain through a sieve or food mill. If using canned pumpkin, omit this step and pick up below.

Combine pumpkin puree with sugar and spices. Place sweetened pulp in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 20 minutes at a time, stirring frequently until thick enough so the butter doesn’t run off a spoon when turned upside down.

Place hot butter in hot sterilized jars, leaving ¼-inch headspace. Cover with hot sterilized lids and rings. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Remove to counter and allow to cool before storing in a cool, dry, dark place.

If you don’t process in a water bath, the butter can be kept refrigerated for up to three weeks or frozen for up to one year.

Have any other great autumn cocktails we should try? Pass them along.




  • M September 30, 2010 @ 10:40am

    So this sounds absolutely divine! I’ve got all the ingredients, except for the La Poire Vodka…Got any other options that I could try for this?

  • Hannah September 30, 2010 @ 10:56am

    M – any pear vodka would do, but others tend to be too sweet. So if a different one is used, I would suggest using less simple syrup.

  • M September 30, 2010 @ 11:49am

    I don’t have any pear vodka, I was curious if there is a different liquor I could use instead. Maybe I”ll just goggle it 😉

  • Hannah September 30, 2010 @ 11:54am

    M – I’m sure you can try just about anything, it’ll just be a different cocktail! Have fun experimenting and make sure to tell me how it goes 🙂

  • M September 30, 2010 @ 12:31pm

    Sounds good! I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

  • Rot October 6, 2010 @ 12:19pm

    This sounds amazing..

  • Hannah October 6, 2010 @ 12:22pm

    Rot – It’s positively delicious. Let me know if you end up mixing yourself up a drink (or three)!

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