Recipe Description


In celebration of the season, I wanted to make a cocktail for the pumpkin spice lover. The only way to really make it right is to make syrup from pumpkin. It’s a bit of extra effort, but it’s worth it! Use the pumpkin syrup right in hot milk for the kids–they’ll love you for it!


  • 3 ounces kentucky bourbon
    My go-to bourbon for craft cocktails is Eagle Rare - it is PERFECT in this drink.
  • 1.5 ounces pumpkin spice syrup^
    It's a bit of effort but it's well worth it and you will for sure use it all, if not in the cocktail then in the pumpkin latte mocktail with the kids.
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
    Fresh-squeezed of course!
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 T brown sugar


Makes two.

Put two coupes or martini glasses in the freezer.

Combine pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar, set aside on a saucer.

Combine ^pumpkin spice syrup, bourbon and lemon juice with ice in shaker. Shake this drink like you have never shaken a drink before! You need to loosen up that thick syrup.


Remove glasses from freezer. Run the spent lemon along the rims of the glasses and dip the glasses into the spice sugar. Strain drinks evenly into the glasses & Serve.

This recipe makes two small cocktails – might prefer Nick & Nora glasses for the size or coupes for the pumpkin-round shape – but to keep it cold and properly mixed you can’t leave it sit til you get to the bottom of a double, so it is worth making small batches and drinking them one at a time.


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