Wine Wednesday: Pumpkin Cocktails for Thankgiving

Hi!! It’s been a long time since I’ve totally focused on cocktails. I mean, I hope you like the food recipes and pairing, but today, I’m sharing some fun and festive holiday cocktails.  Yes, they are pumpkin flavored and just in time for your thanksgiving holiday table.

Pumpkins pair with quite a variety of flavors, but being a typical fall ingredient, able partners can be found in hard spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, star anise, clove and cardamom. Fresh ginger also works wonders. For the base spirit, any whiskey is great (especially American expressions), aged tequilas and brandies and dark rums. Ideal modifiers include the likes of amaretto, Frangelico and Licor 43


Pumpkin Buck


  • 1.5 oz American whiskey or Applejack
  • Pumpkin soda*

Glass: Highball
Garnish: Candied ginger on a skewer and grated nutmeg

Add whiskey to a Collins glass and fill with ice. Top with pumpkin soda.

*Pumpkin soda


  • 1 can Pumpkin puree
  • 3 quarts Water
  • Zest of 6 lemons
  • 3 oz Maple syrup
  • .5 cups Finely chopped ginger
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Vanilla bean, split
  • 3 Star anise
  • 4 Cardamom pods

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and strain out the solids. Add the liquid to a Soda Stream and charge with Co2. Keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Pumpkin Sazerac


  • 2 oz Cognac or rye whiskey
  • .5 oz Pumpkin syrup*
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • .25 oz Absinthe

Glass: Rocks
Garnish: Oil from a lemon twist

Place a rocks glass in the freezer for 15 minutes. Add the cognac (or rye whiskey), pumpkin syrup and bitters to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir for 30 seconds. Remove the rocks glass from freezer and add the absinthe. Swirl it around the inside and then discard excess. Strain the stirred mixture into glass. Break a lemon twist over the surface to express the oils onto the drink. Discard lemon twist and enjoy.

Jake’s Pumpkin Syrup*


  • 1 pint Hot water
  • 1.75 pint White sugar
  • .25 pint Brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Allspice
  • 20 Sugar cube-sized lumps of fresh cooked pumpkin

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture through a sieve and refrigerate.

Thanksgiving Margarita


  • 1 tablespoon Ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sea salt
  • 1.5 oz Reposado tequila
  • .25 oz Allspice Dram liqueur
  • .25 oz Amaretto
  • .75 oz Lime juice
  • .5 oz Agave nectar
  • 1 oz Pumpkin puree

Glass: Rocks
Garnish: Roasted pumpkin slice, half rim of ginger salt

Mix together the ground ginger and the sea salt. Coat half the rim of the rocks glass in lime juice and dip in the mixture (for a finer texture, pound the ginger and sea salt in a mortar and pestle). Add remaining ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a the rimmed rocks glass filled with fresh ice.


No matter what, remember that THANKSGIVING is just that. A time to be with those you love.  Please also remember that we want you around next year so….NO DRINKING AND DRIVING!!

Until next week, I remain THANKFUL for you!!


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