Spiced Pumpkin Punch

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Cocktail History

The Spiced Pumpkin Punch is an autumn-inspired batch cocktail recipe that was created by Craft Gin Club, the United Kingdom’s first and largest gin subscription club, for their book Gin O’ Clock: A Year of Ginspiration. It combines several seasonal ingredients into one extremely tasty tipple that still manages to be gin-forward despite a myriad of other spices and flavors.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. 

Apple Cider: This gives the drink its sweetened apple and spice flavor. We prefer to use freshly-pressed apple cider available from a local orchard and not the bottled stuff because those tend to taste too sour no matter what brand you get.

Pumpkin Purée: This is cooked pumpkin that has been blended into a smooth pulp. It adds pumpkin flavor and texture.

Honey Syrup: This is a sweetener that adds honey flavor. We made ours using Alex’s simple recipe.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Pumpkin Pie Spice: This is a baking spice that adds more pumpkin flavor. We used Simply Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice, but any brand will work.

Cinnamon Stick: This is the garnish. It adds cinnamon aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Spiced Pumpkin Punch begins with pleasant aromas of pumpkin and cinnamon, has a taste that initially features apple before transitioning into a bright combination of pumpkin and other spices, and leaves you with a hint of tartness, lingering pumpkin flavors, and a bit of spicy tingle on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: When making this drink, we turned to Broker’s Gin, our favorite classic London Dry bottle, as the base for its rich pepper and juniper notes. For a cocktail so full of palatable flavors, it manages to stay so serious and complex that we had no choice but to put it at the top of our shortlist for upcoming party planning. Heck, we might even have to plan a party just to have an excuse to serve it again.

Alex’s Take: “Even though it was a pain to scale down the recipe the book presented in order to make 1-2 drinks (The original was for six servings and used pints, ounces, teaspoons, etc as measurements), the drink ended up brilliantly delicious. The cozy fall flavors hide the gin fairly well, but its telltale aromatics still show up and compliment the other spices in the drink, which is why we went with a classic London Dry. Some fall recipes can feel like they’re too much of a hassle to make, but this one is well worth every second of prep time.”

Kendall’s Take: “I’ll be honest… I didn’t end up getting to drink much of this cocktail because Alex enjoyed it so much that he quickly downed mine, but the few sips I had were absolutely delightful. This is a surefire crowd-pleaser for fall parties because it’s so well-balanced and hides the taste of gin so well that your guests won’t even know that’s the base. And it’s really simple to make, too! Definitely worth adding to a menu sometime.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club.

AuthorGin O'ClockPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 10 ½ oz Gin
 1 pt Apple Cider
 3 ¼ oz Pumpkin Purée
 1 oz Lemon Juice
 ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
 6 Cinnamon Sticks

Method
1

Add gin, apple cider, pumpkin purée, honey syrup, lemon juice, and pumpkin pie spice to a blender.

2

Pulse for 30-45 seconds.

3

Pour punch into punch cups.

4

Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 10 ½ oz Gin
 1 pt Apple Cider
 3 ¼ oz Pumpkin Purée
 1 oz Lemon Juice
 ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
 6 Cinnamon Sticks

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, apple cider, pumpkin purée, honey syrup, lemon juice, and pumpkin pie spice to a blender.

2

Pulse for 30-45 seconds.

3

Pour punch into punch cups.

4

Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Spiced Pumpkin Punch

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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:

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

Pumpkin Spiced Espresso Martini: A vanilla vodka cocktail made with espresso, coffee liqueur, pumpkin spice syrup, and grated nutmeg

Pumpkin Cider: An apply brandy and dark rum cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin cubes, butter, sugar, whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and grated nutmeg

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

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