13 pumpkin cocktails to sip on this month


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The following cocktails are made with everything from pumpkin ale to pumpkin puree, and are as perfect for a Halloween party as they are for a Thanksgiving get-together. What are you waiting for? Check them out and savor some of fall's yummiest cocktails!


1. Pumpkin Apple Cider Shandy

With Salt & Wit 

From: With Salt & Wit

This pumpkin apple cider shandy is full of apple, pumpkin beer and a bit of spice, making it the perfect autumn cocktail.


2. Pumpkin Beer Brandy

Holly's Cheat Day 

From: Holly's Cheat Day

Holly mixes apple cider, pumpkin beer and brandy. It's not sweet as far as pumpkin cocktails go, but it's still quite delicious.


3. Spiced Pumpkin Punch

Domesticate Me 

From: Domesticate Me

If you’re skeptical about putting pumpkin puree in a cocktail, then this is the cocktail that will change your mind. Fresh ginger gives this cocktail a touch of sweetness and a little heat and the puree doesn't render it smoothie-like at all. Make a giant batch for your Halloween party or Thanksgiving gathering.


4. Spiced Pumpkin Shrub


From: Swooned

No pumpkin-flavored syrup in this recipe, no! You'll need an in-season sugar pumpkin to concoct this spicy, richly layered cocktail.


5. Ginger Pumpkin Bourbon Fizz with Cinnamon Sugar

Climbing Grier Mountain 

From: Climbing Grier Mountain

How do you get pumpkin beer and bourbon to complement each other beautifully? Ginger simple syrup is how. Get ready for a glassful of spicy yum. And don't forget the cinnamon sugar!


6. Pumpkin Spice Whisky Cocktails

Dishing Up the Dirt 

From: Dishing Up the Dirt

This recipe had as at whiskey. A+. Would drink again.


7. Rotten Pumpkin

What to Drink 

From: What to Drink

You'll need Blavod black vodka to make this tasty and gorgeously creeptastic drink.


8. Pumpkin Punch


From: Self

This pumpkin punch is made with — wait for it… — tequila. Combine it with pumpkin ale for a perfect complement to fall.


9. Pumpkin Champagne Cocktail

Pink Pastisserie  

From: Pink Patisserie

This sweet and spicy cocktail is made with pumpkin butter, fresh squeezed lemon juice, sparkling champagne or prosecco and a splash of gin: an unusual combination that delivers every time. Garnish with a strip of black licorice and cinnamon sugar and toast your friends in style on Halloween and again on Thanksgiving.


10. Cinnamon-Pumpkin Toddy

Better Homes & Garden 

From: Better Homes & Gardens

Made with rye whiskey or bourbon, this cocktail tastes best when served with cinnamon whipped cream (glorious) and garnished with ground cinnamon or a stick of cinnamon (marvelous).


11. Pumpkin Mulled Wine

Photo by Anna Stockwell for Saveur

From: Saveur

If unusual is what you want, then check out this spiced, pumpkin-infused wine — a cozy take on cold-weather flavors. You simmer sugar pumpkin with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg and then bath it in red wine and let it infuse overnight. This squash-inspired version of mulled wine will fill your home with the aroma of the holidays. And best yet, although it's lusciously flavored, it's also so light you'll have plenty of room to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal.


12. Halloween Pumpkin Punch

Honestly Yum 

From: Honestly Yum

This particular punch is made with spiced rum and the results are honestly yum! Serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin. And if you’re not afraid of dry ice (handle with care!) then go for it! Just look at how spooky it looks, not to mention delicious.


13. Roasted Pumpkin Cocktail

Sippity Sup 

From: Sippity Sup

Rather than use pumpkin puree to capture the essence of pumpkin pie in a glass, Sippety Sup wanted a different kind of roasted pumpkin cocktail. So he used squash-infused vodka. This drink has deep, earthy sugar and spice flavors and is absolutely perfect all season and beyond. Hey, you have to keep warm in the winter, don't you?