Pumpkin Infused Vodka

Actual conversation (as I leave Trader Joe’s and join my wife who just finished at the drug store):

Wife: Get everything you needed?
Me: Yes. Oh, and I accidentally bought a pumpkin.
Wife: What?
Me: LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS. Also, let’s find out what this is like in swimming in vodka.

Pumpkin pie cocktail. Photo by Michael Paydos, https://dazedandinfused.wordpress.com, 2011.

Spicy pumpkin cocktail, sans cream (recipe below)

This is more than a bit out of season, but we recently made a drink using many of the recent not-so-simple syrups I wrote about.


  • 1 sugar pumpkin
  • vodka


  • Preheat over to 400F.
  • Cut pumpkin in half, remove seeds and stems, and cut off rind.
  • Chop into about 1″ cubes and spread out on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes then add cubes to a glass jar and let cool for about 5 minutes. Ideally you’ll fill the jar about 2/3 full.
  • If you can get at least to the 2/3 level, fill jar to within an inch with vodka and shake well. If you have less pumpkin, just eyeball it.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for 14 days. Pour through a metal strainer and store in a cool, dark place. For added clarity, pour it a second time through a coffee filter.

Tip: It’s so tempting to spice the hell out of any pumpkin infusion, and believe me that will follow. However, this is really delicious in its pure form as well. Blends well with many spicy infusions.


  • On the rocks or neat
  • In a martini, dirty martini, kamikaze, or bloody mary
  • With soda water, tonic, ginger ale, Coke, or Sprite
  • With orange, cranberry, grapefruit, or apple juice

Spicy pumpkin cocktail

Mix cinnamon and sugar in equal parts and dust the rim of a cocktail glass. Shake the first 5 ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Using a spoon, gently layer cream on top and dust with a single shake of cinnamon.

Pumpkin sour. Photo by Michael Paydos, https://dazedandinfused.wordpress.com, 2011.

Pumpkin sour

Pumpkin sour

  •          2 oz pumpkin infused vodka
  •          2 oz fresh lime juice
  •          1 egg white
  •          1 oz simple syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.


About Dazed & Infused

Failed science major turned to creative writing which led to a job as a bartender hack turned mixologist turned book editor turned writer who then went on to the world of International Corporate Communications. This is a bit getting back to his roots--that would be booze & science & rambling.
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