Looking for a Fall and Winter dessert cocktail? This recipe for Pumpkin Pie on the Rocks delivers! Not too sweet, plus creamy, spiced, and a bit warming, even over ice.
As you could maybe tell from the title, I’ve finally come up with a sequel/sister beverage to my Apple Pie on the Rocks recipe! And, as most sibling relationships go, the Pumpkin Pie version has some big shoes to fill. APOTR is the most popular recipe on my site BY FAR. Pretty wild, huh?
And while both could be considering dessert cocktails, this one is a bit richer; almost as rich as egg nog but not quite. I was inspired by an admittedly fancier cocktail in the same vein that I had at Downtown Cocktail Room a year or so ago. (Actually, it looks like they’ve added it back to the menu for the season! “Oh My Gourd” is the drink)
I went a sliiiightly different way with the booze choices to add more oomph to the spice-factor, with some spiced dark rum. Not only that, I give you a recipe for a pumpkin drink base, which if you don’t drink alcohol, is great in coffee, hot cocoa, or whatever you want!
Ingredient Tips + Suggestions
- Pumpkin puree – butternut squash or even sweet potato puree could work here if you can’t find pumpkin anywhere!
- Light brown sugar – I prefer this to dark brown because the flavor is not as strong. Turbinado sugar will also work similarly.
- Pumpkin pie spice – while you can find this spice blend in pretty much any store, it’s also easy to make it at home in case you run out. This recipe for pumpkin pie spice from Betty Crocker gives you the ratio.
- Salt – the amount listed may seem a bit high, but I LOVE the “buttery” effect it has on the drink.
- Unsweetened non-dairy milk – now, you can tailor this to your preferences. Use light coconut milk for a more nog-y drink, or some regular ND milk for a lighter version. You could also use unsweetened vanilla milk if you want to add more vanilla flavor.
- Vodka – both vanilla vodka and unflavored vodka work great here, so no worries if you don’t have vanilla! If you need this drink to be gluten-free, make sure that your vodka has been made with potatoes.
- Dark spiced rum – this really brings a great flavor and aroma to the drink. If you don’t have dark and have a lighter spiced rum like Sailor Jerry’s that will also work – it will be a lil’ different.
- Agave nectar – since this is just to adhere the crackers to the rim maple syrup will also work.
- Graham cracker crumbs – I made my own with gluten-free graham cracker crumbs with a food processor – super easy!
Honestly, given the circumstances around Thanksgiving this year, I feel like it’ll be easier to enjoy a beverage like this for dessert instead of making a bunch of dessert that you’ll have left over! Other cocktails I recommend are my Iced Cinnamon Whiskey Chai and Mocha Mezcal Dessert Cocktail.
Last couple of things, make sure to check if your booze is vegan! Barnivore is my go-to tool for this. Also, I LOVE these glasses, but I got them at a thrift store and can’t find them online so I have no idea where you should get them if you also like them. Sorry!
- 1/2 cup (110 g) pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup (235 ml) water
- 1/4 cup (37 g) light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces (120 ml) unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 2 ounces (60 ml) dark spiced rum
- 2 ounces (60 ml) vanilla vodka
- 2 teaspoons agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons (10 g) graham cracker crumbs, gluten-free if needed
- Place pumpkin, water, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and salt in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until it has reduced back down to about a 1/2 cup (120 ml).
- Transfer mixture to a shallow bowl and chill in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes or until it has gotten signficantly cooler. Once chilled, add to a cocktail shaker along with non-dairy milk, rum, vodka and 3 ice cubes. Shake for 15 seconds.
- Place agave in a saucer plate and roll the edge of two rocks glasses or stemless wine glasses in it to wet the rim. Next, place the graham cracker crumbs in a small dish and roll the edges in them to coat.
- Add several ice cubes to each glass and divide drink mixture between them. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly! You can also make the pumpkin base ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 7 day or freeze for up to 6 months.
- Light brown sugar - I prefer this to dark brown because the flavor is not as strong. Turbinado sugar will also work similarly.
- Pumpkin pie spice - while you can find this spice blend in pretty much any store, it's also easy to make it at home in case you run out.
- Unsweetened non-dairy milk - now, you can tailor this to your preferences. Use light coconut milk for a more nog-y drink, or some regular ND milk for a lighter version.
- Vodka - both vanilla vodka and unflavored vodka work great here, so no worries if you don't have vanilla! If you need this drink to be gluten-free, make sure that your vodka has been made with potatoes.
- Dark spiced rum - this really brings a great flavor and aroma to the drink. If you don't have dark and have a lighter spiced rum like Sailor Jerry's that will also work - it will be a lil' different.
- Agave nectar - since this is just to adhere the crackers to the rim maple syrup will also work.
- Graham cracker crumbs - I made my own with gluten-free graham crackers with a food processor - super easy! You will have extra leftover from this recipe, use it on top of oatmeal or chia pudding. 🙂
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 370mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 2gSugar: 34gProtein: 1g
The nutrition information is calculated by a plug-in, and isn't always accurate. Please calculate your own with the products that you use, as it will be different for everyone.