Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

Make your own Pumpkin Pie Liqueur and you can make Fall Cocktails all season long! You can also add it to your coffee or sip it on its own by the fire for a winter warmer.

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Ingredients Needed to Make Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

  • water
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • pumpkin puree
  • cinnamon sticks
  • ground cloves
  • whole vanilla bean
  • rum
pumpkin spice liqueur in a bottle with cinnamon sticks and a pie pumpkin

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

  1. Place the water, sugar, and brown sugar in a saucepan over med-high heat and bring to a boil while whisking.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the rum, and turn down the heat. Simmer, whisking occasionally, for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat, stir in the rum, and allow the mixture to cool for about an hour.
  4. Pour the liqueur into a sealable bottle or jar. Store the Pumpkin Pie liqueur in a cool location for 2-3 days to allow the flavors to all blend.

To Strain or Not To Strain?

I decided not to strain my liqueur because there were beautiful and delicious vanilla beans and residual pieces from the ingredients. I wanted those in my liqueur and in my drinks so I did not strain it. If you want a clearer liquid or fewer floaties, strain through a fine-mesh strainer and/or a cheesecloth before bottling.

pumpkin spice martini with graham cracker rim in a martini glass

What to use this Syrup for

  • Fall Cocktails, of course! Like a Pumpkin Spice Martini
  • Add it to your coffee for a creamy, dreamy caffeine hit
  • Pour it over ice cream or a fall fruit crumble
  • Make a boozy pumpkin pie milkshake
  • Sip it over ice by the fire on those cold winter nights

You Can Make a Non-Alcoholic Version too!

Sometimes you want the Pumpkin Pie Flavor without the alcohol. You can make this liqueur as a syrup without the booze and enjoy the same fall flavor without the spirits. Do everything the same except use 2 cups of water at the beginning of the recipe.

TIP: I reused my vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks and made a second batch of pumpkin pie syrup (without the alcohol). In doing this, I had the non-alcoholic syrup for the morning and the liqueur for the evening. AND, I had less waste and used up that delicious vanilla bean (which wasn’t cheap).

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Pumpkin Pie Liqueur

A homemade Pumpkin Pie Liqueur made from scratch and perfect for Fall Cocktails!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade liqueur, homemade liquor, pumpkin cocktail, pumpkin puree recipe, pumpkin spice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • medium saucepan
  • medium mixing bowl
  • fine mesh strainer (optional)
  • sealable glass bottle or jar

Ingredients

  • 1 cups water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tbsp ground cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • cups rum

Instructions

  • Whisk together the water, sugar, and brown sugar in a saucepan over med-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the rum, and turn down the heat. Simmer, whisking occasionally, for 30 minutes.
    cooked pumpkin spice sauce
  • Remove the pan from the heat, add the rum, stir and allow the mixture to cool for about an hour.
    pumpkin spice liqueur with rum added
  • Pour the liqueur into a sealable bottle or jar. Store the liqueur in a cool location for 2-3 days to allow all of the flavors to blend with the alcohol. Enjoy this liqueur in your favorite cocktail or with your favorite Fall dessert!
    homemade pumpkin spice liqueur

Notes

  • Some people decide to strain the liqueur before placing it in the bottle. I decided not to do this because there were beautiful and delicious vanilla beans and residual pieces from the ingredients. I wanted those in my liqueur and in my drinks so I did not strain. If you want a clearer liquid, strain through a fine-mesh strainer and/or a cheesecloth before bottling.
  • You can substitute 1 tsp vanilla bean paste for the vanilla bean
  • recipe inspired by Chowhound

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