Pumpkin bitters

Halloween is already behind us and your pumpkin is still on the steps of your door?
The idea of making a pie or a soup of it doesn’t turn you on either?
I have another solution that will satisfy your thirst for creativity and spice up your autumn cocktails.

Create your own “Pumpkin Bitter”

Not convinced yet, I have arguments for everyone:

  1. Cocktail lovers will be pleased to know that pumpkin & bourbon complement each other in a most appealing way
  2. Planet Earth lovers will be relieved to know that there is one more Jack-O-Lantern saved from the trash after Halloween.
  3. Autumn lovers ; simply because a Pumpkin Old Fashioned is way more comforting than a “Pumpkin Spiced Latté”.

Let’s get cooking!


  • 1 medium pumpkin, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups of Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 1 clove
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon of gentian root
  • 1 full spoon of maple syrup

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Dehydrate the pumpkin.

  • Cut the pumpkin into slices and roast it slowly in the oven at 200 degrees F for 10-12 hours, turning them halfway through.


  • Fill a mason jar of the dehydrated pumpkin slices then add the spices & bourbon. Let it steep for 3 weeks, away from direct sunlight. Do not forget to shake the jar daily.

The sweet addition

  • Using a coffee filter, strain the liquid and add the maple syrup. Wait 2-3 days before using this precious nectar.

Make yourself a Pumpkin Old Fashioned, you deserve it.

  1. Cheers!
Made with Love

Made with Love

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