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Pumpkin old fashioned


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce pumpkin spice syrup* (recipe below)
  • 1/2 ounce orange flavoured liqueur
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters (such as Angostura)

Pumpkin spice syrup:

  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4-5 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree (be sure it's plain pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling)


  1. Add all ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and stir vigorously for about 20-30 seconds. Strain into either an empty coup or a rocks glass with one large ice cube. Garnish with a rosemary twig (if you want to get fancy smoke/char the rosemary first. I like fancy.)

Pumpkin spice syrup:

  1. Combine water and both sugars in a pot over medium low heat and simmer until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients – cinnamon through pumpkin, and stir carefully (the sugar water will be very hot!!) but thoroughly to combine. 
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Do not let the mixture boil. 
  4. Turn off the heat and let cool for 20 minutes on the stove.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and store in the refrigerator.

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