Warm up your evenings with our pumpkin hot toddy! Just combine tequila (reposado or anejo), freshly squeezed lemon juice, and pumpkin simple syrup! Add hot water to the mix for a soothing drink that’s like a hug for your taste buds. The tequila brings a smooth kick, while the pumpkin syrup adds a sweet, autumnal touch. Sip slowly and enjoy the cozy vibes – it’s the perfect blend for chilly nights. Not feeling the tequila-pumpkin combo? We get it. It’s different. Just sub your preferred bourbon or whiskey and you a good to go. We just love tequila!

Feel free to check out our other hot toddy recipes here!

pumpkin hot toddy

how to make a pumpkin hot toddy


  • 1 ½ oz tequila, reposado or anejo 
  • ¾ oz lemon, freshly squeezed 
  • ¾ oz pumpkin simple syrup 
  • hot water


In a hot toddy glass or comparable cup, combine tequila, lemon, and simple syrup. Add hot water and stir to combine. Top with a lemon wheel. Cin cin! 

pumpkin simple syrup for pumpkin hot toddy

tequila in a hot toddy?

We have posted this in our other posts about why we think tequila reposado or anejo is a good sub for bourbon or whiskey. We will keep it shorter here. Reposado or Anejo tequila works well in cocktails, and in this tequila pumpkin hot toddy, as its aging process gives it a mellow, oaky taste, which is very similar to a smooth bourbon.

pumpkin simple syrup

The pumpkin simple syrup is a key component of this pumpkin hot toddy! Its simple to make too!

P U M P K I N . S I M P L E . S Y R U P 


1 C brown sugar 

⅓ C pumpkin puree 

1 t cinnamon 

2 star anise 

1 C water


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. If you are looking for a little more spice, feel free to add any of your favorite spices (cardamom pods, cloves, etc). Cook on medium heat for ten minutes. Stir occasionally. Scoop out your solid spices. Set aside to let cool.  

This simple syrup can be added to anything that needs a sweet fall touch. Cocktails, tea, lattes, and even pancake batter! 

pumpkin hot toddy


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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