Fall is our favorite time of the year! The weather is perfect and the leaf peepin’ is about to begin. And yes that means pumpkin spice lattes for Elise and pumpkin whiskey sours for Evan. The pumpkin simple syrup is a must if you are looking to spice up your cocktail game or even coffees for fall themed drinks. It’s extremely easy to make, and it can be used in a number of different ways. We highly recommend this pumpkin whiskey sour because its everything you want in a fall cocktail! If you are looking for a complete fall themed meal check out the suggested pairing below!

how to make a pumpkin whiskey sour


pumpkin simple syrup :

  • 1 C brown sugar 
  • ⅓ C pumpkin puree 
  • 1 t cinnamon 
  • 2 star anise 
  • 1 C water

pumpkin whiskey sour :

  • 2 oz bourbon or rye 
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz pumpkin simple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • pumpkin pie spice, for garnish 

pumpkin simple syrup


To make the pumpkin simple syrup, combine all of the 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, and set aside to let cool.  

To make the pumpkin whiskey sour, combine bourbon, lemon juice, pumpkin simple syrup, and egg white. Shake without ice vigorously for ten seconds. Then add ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Double strain into a chilled glass of choice. Garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Cin Cin! 

pumpkin whiskey sour


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Creating an exquisite pumpkin whiskey sour calls for attention to detail. Start with top notch pumpkin puree, whether canned or homemade, free from additives. You can even buy the pumpkin pie purree which has loads of fall spices. Adjust sweetness and tartness by experimenting with the pumpkin puree and fresh lemon juice quantities. Opt for a robust whiskey like bourbon or rye to complement the pumpkin’s earthy flavors. Enhance the experience with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of cloves for aromatic depth. Garnish your cocktail thoughtfully using a cinnamon stick, an orange peel twist or a fall design on top of your frothy egg white.

Suggested Pairing for a pumpkin whiskey sour

Did anyone say, pumpkin pasta?! Yes, pumpkin pasta! By combining this dish with a pumpkin whiskey sour you will be able to capture most of the fall flavors all in one meal. It would be a lot of pumpkin, but well worth it because fall only comes around once a year!

pumpkin whiskey sour


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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