Pumpkin Harvest – A Bourbon Cocktail

A perfect fall pumpkin and bourbon cocktail!




Living in Nebraska gives us a unique opportunity to experience harvest time as our state is still quite closely connected with the farms where the produce comes from.  Even living in Omaha, we see fields being harvested on the edge of town, the big combines and grain trucks kicking up dust clouds into the sky giving the sunshine a golden glow that only makes the blazing orange and red maples look even prettier.




Pumpkin and Bourbon

We wanted a great fall combo as a pumpkin and bourbon cocktail. What is more perfect than a pumpkin cocktail for autumn toasting!?




Apples and fresh cider from local orchards start to appear in the stores and if on cue, our kids start bugging us to take trips to the orchards and pumpkin patch. We are lucky to have lots of great orchards just a short drive away, and before we know it we are lugging home a bushel of apples, a gallon of fresh pressed cider and pumpkins for decorating the house for Halloween. Make sure to pair it with our Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pies!




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Pumpkin Harvest cocktail in cocktail coupe with mini pumpkins and jiggers, whiskey bottle and bitters bottle in background

Jigger / Wooden Spoons / Angostura Bitters

Coupe / Cocktail Shaker/ Hawthorne Strainer / Fine Mesh Strainer






About this time of year, anything pumpkin is hot, so it was only natural that we found a way to use some of the fruits of our labors to come up with a great pumpkin and bourbon cocktail. The Pumpkin Harvest Cocktail combines the caramel and vanilla notes of bourbon, the tart sweetness of apple cider and the earthy sweetness of pumpkin to make a rich creamy cocktail that brings all the flavors of fall right into your glass!




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Pumpkin Harvest - A Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
A perfect fall cocktail, this pumpkin harvest is creamy and cool.


  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • .50 oz heavy cream
  • .75 oz apple cider
  • .75 oz simple syrup (adjust amount to taste depending on the sweetness of the cider)
  • .50 oz amaretto
  • 1.75 oz bourbon
  • 3 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • Pumpkin spice or fresh grated nutmeg for garnish


Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice.

Shake vigorously until mixture is frothy.

Strain into a coupe and garnish with pumpkin spice or grated nutmeg.


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299 Total Fat: 5.4g Saturated Fat: 3.3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 1129mg Carbohydrates: 24.4g Fiber: 1.4g Sugar: 15.2g Protein: 0.8g



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29 thoughts on “Pumpkin Harvest – A Bourbon Cocktail

  1. As a fellow Nebraskan who loves harvest season I SOOO wanted to be able to love this… but I just can’t do it, hahaha! I just can’t put pumpkin puree in a cocktail! 😉 However, amaretto and apple cider sounds like a good combo! I am trying to remember what was in the cider at the cute little bar we had here for a while. Captain Morgan perhaps? It was so good. Anyhow, I give you props for being creative! I bet there are lots of people who will go nuts for this!

    1. Haha! Is it the thought of thickness, or the pumpkin in general? It’s just like a muddled cocktail. And, by shaking it, it breaks it down and makes it very smooth! We seem to put weird things in cocktails anyway, though. Thanks for stopping by, fellow Nebraskan! 🙂

  2. Mmmm…This Pumpkin Harvest Cocktail looks so delightful! I love original recipes like this. It’s perfect for the season. 🙂

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