Pumpkin Cider

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Cocktail History

The Pumpkin Cider is an autumn cocktail that was created by bar manager and author Nick Mautone and was first published in his book The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails. It mixes a brandy and rum base with apple cider, fresh pumpkin, and baking spices to create a warm batch drink that’s great for fireside or holiday party sipping.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Apple Brandy: This is a type of brandy made with apples, pears, spices, sugar, and alcohol. We used Laird’s Applejack because it’s a high quality and flavorful. For a mocktail version of this drink, try apple cider or unsweetened apple juice in place of the apple brandy.

Dark Rum: This is a type of rum made with sugarcane, spices, and alcohol that has been barrel aged for a long period of time. We used Mount Gay Eclipse Rum because it has notes of banana, vanilla, caramel, and spices. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative in place of the rum.

Apple Cider: This is a beverage made with freshly pressed apple juice and baking spices. We used The Glass Orchard Apple Cider because it’s fresh, delicious, and made locally to us.

Pumpkin Cubes: This the flesh of a pumpkin that has been cut into a cube shape.

Butter: This is a dairy product made from the fat and protein components in churned cream. We used Westby Cooperative Creamery Sweet Cream Butter.

Sugar: This is white sugar that has been processed, crystallized, and dried so the crystals don’t clump together. We used C&H Pure Cane Granulated Sugar.

Whole Cloves: This is the flower bud from the clove tree. We used whole cloves from the bulk section at our local grocery store.

Star Anise: This is the seed pod from the fruit of the Illicium verum plant. We used star anise from the bulk section at our local grocery store.

Cinnamon Stick: This is a dried spice that has been rolled into a stick. We used cinnamon sticks from the bulk section at our local grocery store.

Grated Nutmeg: This is a spice made from the seed of a nutmeg tree. We used whole nutmeg from the bulk section at our local grocery store.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Chef’s Knife: This is used to cut the pumpkin into cubes. We used the OXO Good Grips 8-Inch Chef’s Knife.

Saucepan: This is used to warm the ingredients. We used the Cuisinart 3-Quart Stainless Steel Saucepan with Cover.

Spoon: This is used to stir the ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips Silicone Spoon.

Ladle: This is used to transfer the drink to cups. We used the OXO Good Grips Silicone Everyday Ladle.

Grater: This is used to grate spices or citrus peel. We used the OXO Good Grips Grater.

Tasting Notes

The Pumpkin Cider features aromas of apple and baking spices and tastes mostly like apple cider with notes of pumpkin, rum, cloves, and nutmeg throughout and in the aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This cider is everything you’d want in a boozy hot pumpkin beverage, and we thought it tasted as expected. It’s essentially a potent apple cider with a lot more spice, a hint of the spirits, and a warmth that hits just the right spot on a chilly fall day.

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Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails by Nick Mautone.

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The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails: The Best Nogs, Punches, Sparklers, and Mixed Drinks for Every Festive Occasion
The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails: The Best Nogs, Punches, Sparklers, and Mixed Drinks for Every Festive Occasion
Hardcover Book; Mautone, Nick (Author); English (Publication Language); 128 Pages – 10/17/2017 (Publication Date) – Artisan (Publisher)
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AuthorThe Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time20 mins

Ingredients
 6 oz Apple Brandy
 6 oz Dark Rum
 1 qt Apple Cider
 8 Pumpkin Cubes
 1 ½ tsp Butter
 1 ½ tsp Granulated Sugar
 6 Whole Cloves
 4 Star Anise
 2 Cinnamon Sticks
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Preheat a large saucepan over medium heat.

2

Add butter, sugar, and pumpkin cubes.

3

Sauté pumpkin for 7-8 minutes until slightly caramelized on all sides.

4

Stir in apple cider, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon sticks.

5

Reduce heat to simmer and cook until hot.

6

Remove cinnamon sticks.

7

Stir in apple brandy and rum.

8

Ladle into mugs.

9

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 6 oz Apple Brandy
 6 oz Dark Rum
 1 qt Apple Cider
 8 Pumpkin Cubes
 1 ½ tsp Butter
 1 ½ tsp Granulated Sugar
 6 Whole Cloves
 4 Star Anise
 2 Cinnamon Sticks
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Preheat a large saucepan over medium heat.

2

Add butter, sugar, and pumpkin cubes.

3

Sauté pumpkin for 7-8 minutes until slightly caramelized on all sides.

4

Stir in apple cider, cloves, star anise, and cinnamon sticks.

5

Reduce heat to simmer and cook until hot.

6

Remove cinnamon sticks.

7

Stir in apple brandy and rum.

8

Ladle into mugs.

9

Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Pumpkin Cider

Make It a Mocktail: Use apple cider or unsweetened apple juice in place of the apple brandy and Ritual Zero Proof Rum Alternative in place of the rum to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Pumpkin Cocktails

If you like this pumpkin-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Smashed Pumpkin Cocktail Recipe

Smashed Pumpkin: A bourbon cocktail made with lemon juice, pumpkin spice syrup, orange bitters, and an egg white

Thanksgiving Nog Cocktail Recipe

Thanksgiving Nog: A dark rum cocktail made with water, heavy cream, pumpkin purée, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground allspice, ground nutmeg, ground mace, whipped cream, and a cinnamon stick

Spiced Pumpkin Punch Cocktail Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Punch: A gin cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin purée, honey syrup, lemon juice, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks

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