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Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Pumpkin Old Fashioned cocktail

We have a famous fall drink called the Pumpkin Old Fashioned that I’m excited to share with you as your bartender. This drink is a modern take on the classic Old Fashioned, fusing the rich, comforting tastes of pumpkin and spice with the warmth of whiskey. Offering the ideal harmony of sweetness, spice, and power, it’s like curling up with a warm blanket on a brisk evening. A great blend of sweetness, spice, and strength, it’s like wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket on a brisk evening.

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Tasting Notes

The flavors in the Pumpkin Old Fashioned blend harmoniously. The whiskey’s mellow, oaky warmth will hit you first, then there will be a lovely rush of pumpkin and fall spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon. Every sip is rich and fulfilling due to the smooth finish that has a touch of sweetness from vanilla.

Equipment and Glassware

A strainer, bar spoon, and mixing glass are required to make this cocktail. It is typically served in a rocks glass, which helps to concentrate the scents of the beverage and improves the flavor profile.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • ½ oz maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 3-4 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Pinch pumpkin spice
  • Cocktail cherry (garnish)
  • Cinnamon stick (garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, orange liqueur, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and aromatic bitters. Shake well to combine.
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel or rosemary sprig, and serve.

Pro Tips

You can blend pumpkin puree with sugar, water, and fall spices to produce your own pumpkin spice syrup, which will have a stronger pumpkin taste. Since a huge ice cube melts more slowly, it keeps your drink chilled without thinning out too soon.

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When to Serve

If you’re looking for a drink to warm you up on a cold night, or if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving celebration, the Pumpkin Old Fashioned is a great choice. It’s a great topic for discussion and a big hit at holiday gatherings.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best experience, choose a high-quality bourbon or rye that you enjoy on its own. Bulleit Bourbon and Rittenhouse Rye are excellent choices for their balance and smooth finish, which complement the pumpkin and spice flavors beautifully.

Similar Cocktails

  • Fig Old Fashioned: A sweet twist on the classic, with rich fig syrup and a hint of orange, perfect for a sophisticated sip.
  • Maple Bacon Old Fashioned: A savory update with maple syrup sweetness and a smoky bacon garnish, for a bold, unforgettable taste.
  • Raspberry Bourbon Smash: Fresh raspberries muddled with bourbon and lemon for a vibrant, fruity cocktail with a punch.
  • Bourbon Old Fashioned: The timeless classic, combining bourbon with a touch of sugar, bitters, and citrus for a smooth, strong finish.
  • Blackberry Whiskey Smash: Juicy blackberries and whiskey with a splash of lemon creating a sweet and tart drink that’s irresistibly refreshing.

History

Known for its straightforward but powerful flavors, the Old Fashioned has been a mainstay in the cocktail world since the early 19th century. By combining the seasonal appeal of pumpkin and spices, the Pumpkin Old Fashioned elevates this custom and pays respect to its origins while becoming a contemporary take on an autumnal favorite.

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Pumpkin Old Fashioned cocktail

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Old Fashioned
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Enjoy the fall season with a Pumpkin Old Fashioned, a warm blend of whiskey, pumpkin spice syrup, and bitters ideal for cool evenings and parties.

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, orange liqueur, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and aromatic bitters. Shake well to combine.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with an orange peel or rosemary sprig, and serve.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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