The Great Pumpkin Cocktail

The Great Pumpkin Cocktail
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Infusion: 48 hrs
Total: 48 hrs 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
279 Calories
8g Fat
24g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 123mg 3%
*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.)

The great pumpkin cocktail takes a completely different route than most to add the flavor of pumpkin to the drink. In this one, mixologist Jackson Cannon of The Hawthorne in Boston decided to infuse scotch with roasted pumpkin and mix it with ginger liqueur and maple syrup.

It is one of the better pumpkin drinks you can mix up, though you do have to plan two days ahead for the infusion. The whisky and ginger are natural complements to the more delicate pumpkin flavor, which is not overly showy like it often is in so many other cocktails. You'll find a carefully crafted balance of flavors in this one and it's something that even the non-pumpkin lover may enjoy.

While you have the pumpkin scotch, try it in a few other scotch cocktails. It makes a very interesting Rob Roy, for instance, and is perfect with amaretto in the godfather.


For the Pumpkin-Infused Scotch:

  • 1 sugar pumpkin

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle Scotch whisky

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 ounce pumpkin-infused Scotch whisky

  • 1 ounce ginger liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 ounce Grade-A maple syrup

  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish

Steps to Make It

Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and mixing the drink.

Pumpkin-Infused Scotch

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 250 F. Peel and clean a sugar pumpkin and cut it into small 2-inch square pieces.

  3. Lay the pumpkin in a single layer on a baking sheet and salt very lightly. Roast for about 20 minutes.

  4. Place the roasted pumpkin into a sealed, widemouthed container and cover with scotch. Let the infusion rest for two days.

  5. Strain off the pumpkin and re-bottle. Keep refrigerated.

Make The Great Pumpkin Cocktail

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the pumpkin whisky, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, and maple syrup.

  3. Fill with ice and shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon. Serve and enjoy.


  • If you choose a coupe glass, the drink has more of the pumpkin look. Coupes are stemmed and have a rounded bowl rather than the V shape of a standard cocktail glass.
  • For the scotch, Cannon recommends a single malt from the Speyside region.
  • Feel free to try the infusion with any other scotch. You can often save money with a blended scotch rather than a single malt. This might be a good move while experimenting with the infusion.

How Strong Is The Great Pumpkin?

The two spirits in the great pumpkin are relatively strong, so the cocktail is going to follow suit. If you stick with the recommended brands, it should shake up to 25 percent ABV (50 proof) or so. It's not as strong as the Manhattan, but it's pretty close.

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