Pumpkin Old-Fashioned

whiskey cocktail with rosemary
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
304 Calories
1g Fat
44g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 304
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 18mg 92%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 579mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When you're in the mood for a pumpkin whiskey drink, the pumpkin old-fashioned is sure to please. It's surprisingly simple, requires no muddling, and mixes up in minutes. Plus, unlike other pumpkin cocktails, there are no unusual or hard-to-find ingredients that you need to hunt down.

This fascinating twist on the classic bourbon old-fashioned was created at The Boxer Hotel's Finch Restaurant in Boston. It is a simple recipe of bourbon and brandy-based orange liqueur (e.g., Grand Marnier) with pumpkin puree and maple syrup. When making it at home, you can easily find pumpkin puree at any grocery store, or ​try making your own puree just like they do at Finch. It is very easy and the fresh puree makes this drink really special and tasty.


  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey

  • 1/2 ounce brandy-based orange liqueur

  • 1 ounce maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée

  • 1 dash aromatic bitters

  • Orange peel, or rosemary sprig, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients,

  2. Combine the bourbon, orange liqueur, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Shake well and double strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.

  4. Garnish with an orange peel or rosemary sprig. Serve and enjoy.


  • Give this drink a really good shake for at least 30 seconds to thoroughly mix the ingredients. The maple syrup and pumpkin puree are not as easily mixed as typical cocktail ingredients, so putting a little more effort into it will help.
  • To ensure a clean drink, it is wise to fine strain this drink. Simply use your normal cocktail strainer and pour through a fine-mesh strainer that's placed over the glass. This should catch any extra pumpkin chunks.
  • For the bourbon, choose a top-shelf whiskey, just like you would for any old-fashioned recipe. This one would actually be best with a really bold bourbon because it will not get lost against the pumpkin. Look for anything that's bottled higher than 80-proof.
  • Pumpkin puree is a great way to transform the flesh into a useful ingredient for food, as well as drinks. There are a couple of simple ways to make it. The quickest method bakes pieces of pumpkin in a 350 F oven for 45 to 60 minutes. You can also make pumpkin puree in a slow cooker, cooking the pieces on low for about 5 hours. With either, use a food processor or electric mixer to beat the soft pumpkin into a smooth puree.

Recipe Variations

  • Try this recipe with your favorite rye whiskey rather than bourbon. The whiskey's signature spice is a great complement to pumpkin.
  • If you'd like an alternative to maple syrup, mix up a batch of spiced brown sugar syrup. It includes allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg and will give the cocktail a pumpkin pie-like accent.

How Strong Is a Pumpkin Old-Fashioned?

Any variation on the old-fashioned cocktail is going to be relatively strong because the drink is designed to feature bourbon in a slightly dressed up form. This one is no exception. When made with a 100-proof whiskey, for instance, its alcohol content should be around 21 percent ABV (42 proof).

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