Drinking in Season: Pumpkin and Apple Cider Cocktail

Apple cider is a fall mainstay for many people—but sometimes you need to jazz that plain cider up a bit. That's where a few of fall's other standout flavors (pumpkin, vanilla and ginger) come in handy.

This cocktail is a slightly more refreshing take on many of the season's spicier cocktails. Apple cider plays the main role, but the addition of pumpkin purée provides a slightly thicker texture and hint of flavor, while fragrant vanilla vodka brings a warm, sweet undertone to the cocktail. A splash of spicy ginger ale livens this cocktail right up.

About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour, on eat make read. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.

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Drinking in Season: Pumpkin and Apple Cider Cocktail

About This Recipe

Special equipment:Cocktail shaker


  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounce pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1 1/2 ounces spicy ginger ale, such as Bruce Cost


  1. 1

    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the pumpkin purée, vodka, and apple cider. Shake for 10-15 seconds.

  2. 2

    Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with ginger ale.


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