Why save pumpkin only for dessert, coffee or

beer

? Thanksgiving was made for whiskey and the infusion of fresh pumpkin takes it to another level. Although we add "pumpkin pie spice", this is not your pumpkin spice latte - it complements the whiskey's vanilla and caramel notes and rounds out the pumpkin without overpowering, leaving you with a sweet, earthy buzz.-- Brown

Pumpkin Whiskey Ingredients
Pumpkin Whiskey Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Whiskey Makes about 1 Quart (4 cups)

  • 2 Whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Clove Nutmeg, Roughly Crushed
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Whole Cloves
  • 4 Cups Bourbon (we loved the flavor of Four Roses for this)
  • 2 Cups Fresh Pumpkin, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Molasses

If you're dismantling your own pumpkin, save the seeds. They'll make a great bar snack.

In a clean large mason jar or tight-sealed container, stir molasses and whiskey, until combined. Add pumpkin, making sure it is fully covered.

Wrap all spices tightly in a cheesecloth with butchers twine and submerge in the whiskey.

After 2 days, remove the spices.

After 7 days, remove the pumpkin.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve before serving. Drink straight up, with an ice cube, or in your favorite brown-liquor cocktail.

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