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Pumpkin Old-Fashioned

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The Pumpkin Old-Fashioned — the classic cocktail of bourbon and orange liqueur gets an autumn twist with pumpkin puree and maple syrup.

A glass of pumpkin old-fashioned in front of a bourbon bottle, orange peel twists and a cinnamon stick.

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I'm lifting a glass in farewell to PumpkinWeek with an autumn twist on an American classic, the Old-Fashioned. Yes, this cocktail has ACTUAL pumpkin in it!

Pumpkin old-fashioned being strained into a glass filled with ice.

In addition to the classic ingredients of bourbon and orange liqueur (preferably Grand Marnier), this cocktail contains maple syrup and pumpkin puree. As long as you thoroughly shake your cocktail shaker, everything will blend together smoothly.

This would make a fantastic before-dinner drink for any of the upcoming fall holidays. You could even mix up the bourbon, maple syrup, orange liqueur and bitters in advance and keep it chilled, then simply add 3 ounces of your mixture plus 2 tablespoon of pumpkin puree per drink to your cocktail shaker to make this cocktail to-order!

A pumpkin old-fashioned garnished an orange peel twist and a cinnamon stick

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The Pumpkin Old-Fashioned — the classic cocktail of bourbon and orange liqueur gets an autumn twist with pumpkin puree and maple syrup.

Pumpkin Old-Fashioned

Yield: 2 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Adapted from Saveur, October 2012


For the cinnamon syrup

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick

For the cocktail

  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz pure maple syrup
  • ¼ oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1 oz orange liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange peel twists, for garnish


Make the cinnamon syrup

  1. Place the sugar, water, and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Stir occasionally and bring just to a boil over medium heat. 
  2. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn off the heat, and let the syrup sit until cooled to room temperature. 
  3. Once cooled, the cinnamon stick can be removed (rinse, pat dry, and save for garnishing your cocktails), and the mixture can be transferred to a container and stored for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. 

Make the cocktail

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. 
  2. Combine the pumpkin puree, bourbon, maple syrup, cinnamon syrup, orange liqueur and orange bitters in the shaker. Shake well.
  3. Fill two chilled old-fashioned glasses with fresh ice, and strain the cocktail into the two prepared glasses. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and serve. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Sodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 29gSugar: 25g

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Friday 14th of October 2022

Delicious using Buffalo Trace bourbon thanks to its citrus-friendly combo with pumpkin. Like seriously: this was GREAT! (I skipped the cinnamon syrup and just added 1/4 tsp. cinnamon to the shaker.)

Wendy Klik

Friday 21st of September 2018

Love this pumpkin-y take on an old classic.

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