Why we love this pumpkin rum punch
- It’s pumpkin. But, easier. There’s no need to make a fancy pumpkin spice syrup. It’s all there and ready-made in store-bought pumpkin butter.
- It’s easy. Like I said, this cocktail doesn’t get much easier. It’s made with 5 simple ingredients, and can be shaken up in now time.
- Pantry staples. Since pumpkin butter is shelf stable (at least until you open it), you can really make this cocktail any time you want. Just like my favorite jam cocktail.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
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Ingredients & substitutions
- Dark rum – Any rum you like will really work here – white, gold or spiced. This drink is easily customized. You can even play around with different spirits, such as whiskey or tequila.
- Angostura bitters – A classic cocktail ingredient, but you can swap it if you have a different bitters flavor you like.
- Pumpkin butter – I picked mine up at the store, but you can use homemade if you want (or even swap it out for apple butter if that’s what you have at home).
- Apple cider – Fresh from the orchard is best, but they do make shelf stable versions that work really well.
- Lemon juice – As always, fresh squeezed is best, but bottle could work if you’re in a pinch.
How to make a pumpkin rum punch
Shake your cocktail. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rum, pumpkin butter, apple cider, lemon juice and bitters. Cover and shake until nice and cold.
Strain over ice. Add a large ice cube to a cocktail glass and strain your cocktail over the ice.
Garnish and serve. Grate a little fresh nutmeg on top for garnish. You could also rim your glass with cinnamon sugar if you don’t have fresh nutmeg.
Everything you need to know about rum punch
We went with a dark rum for this punch because it has a stronger, more robust flavor. It blends very nicely with the heartwarming spiced flavors of pumpkin butter and apple cider. A spiced rum would also pair well with the seasonal flavors of this rum punch.
Rum punch ingredients can vary quite a bit, this cocktail has long history and many recipes were handed down and changed frequently depending on what was available in different locations. Most every rum punch recipe will contain a rum, a fruit juice and something to make it sweet – ingredients such as spices or bitters are commonly added as well. Whatever the ingredients, these cocktails are served over ice.
These two are not exactly the same, even though they may look quite similar – however they swap out for each other in a pinch. Dark rum is has a deep and rich flavor, which it gets from a longer aging process. Spiced rum other the other hand, has been infused with spices giving it a sweet and spiced taste.
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- 2 ounces dark rum
- 1 dash angostura bitters
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin butter
- 1 1/2 ounces apple cider
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- For garnish: fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add cocktail ingredients. Cover and shake until cold.
- Strain into a cocktail glass with ice and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Category: Rum
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 215
- Sugar: 18 g
- Sodium: 16.9 mg
- Fat: 0.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 21 g
- Fiber: 0.6 g
- Protein: 0.2 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: pumpkin cocktail, halloween cocktail, thanksgiving cocktail, apple cider cocktail, pumpkin drink, rum punch, easy fall cocktail
Last Updated on October 9, 2023 by Melissa Belanger
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