Pumpkin Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol by volume:15%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Pumpkin Rum Punch is a festive concoction that's become a favorite during the fall season, particularly around Halloween and Thanksgiving. It's a delightful blend that captures the essence of autumn with its pumpkin flavors and warming spices.

  • Origins: While the exact origins are unclear, it's a twist on traditional rum punches that incorporate seasonal ingredients.
  • Popularity: This punch has gained popularity in the United States, where pumpkin spice has become synonymous with fall.
  • Audience: It's a hit among adults who enjoy themed beverages and are looking for a cozy, seasonal drink to share with friends.

How Pumpkin Rum Punch Tastes?

The Pumpkin Rum Punch is a sweet and spicy delight, with a robust pumpkin flavor that's complemented by the warmth of rum and the aromatic presence of cinnamon and nutmeg. It's rich, creamy, and has a comforting, dessert-like quality that makes it a perfect after-dinner treat.

Interesting facts about Pumpkin Rum Punch

  • Pumpkin Rum Punch is often served in a large bowl or pitcher, making it ideal for gatherings.
  • The use of real pumpkin puree, as opposed to artificial flavorings, can greatly enhance the flavor profile of the punch.
  • This punch can be easily adapted to a non-alcoholic version by substituting the rum with a mix of apple cider and ginger ale.


  • Dark rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Pumpkin puree: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Cinnamon syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lemon juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Ginger beer: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Nutmeg: 1 pinch
  • Cinnamon stick: 1
  • For garnish:

A few good options for Pumpkin Rum Punch are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Dark Rum

Dark rum is the soul of this cocktail, offering rich and sweet molasses tones that dance with the spices. Use 2 oz—no more, no less—unless you want to be swabbing the deck or snoozing in a hammock! If you go light on the rum, you'll miss the depth it gives; too much, and your punch becomes a pirate's knock-out.

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Pumpkin Puree

This gives our punch its namesake and autumnal charm. 1 oz is perfect to impart flavor without turning your cocktail into baby food. Skip it, and you're just at a spice party with no pumpkin host. A sweet potato puree could be a twist, but you'll get a sweeter, earthier tone.

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Cinnamon Syrup

Half an ounce adds a sweet spice kick. Without it, you'd have an autumn rebel without a cause. Regular simple syrup could step in, but would leave out the warmth that cinnamon brings to our little harvest soiree.

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Lemon Juice

A mere 0.5 oz brings balance, adding acidity to cut through the sweetness and richness. No lemon juice, and your punch might be mistaken for a dessert topping. Lime could work in a pinch, but expect a tarter edge.

Mary Mitkina

Ginger Beer

2 oz for a gingery fizz that brings life to the party. It's the effervescent cheerleader of this drink. Left out, and your punch has lost its pompoms. An alternative like club soda would keep the bubbles, but drop the ginger chitchat.

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Just a pinch, because it's potent enough to conjure up grandma's kitchen. It's the sprinkle of fall on top. Without it, the drink is like pumpkin pie without the whipped cream—still good, but missing the final touch.

Alex Green

Cinnamon Stick

For garnish, it's both swizzle stick and aroma therapy. Leave it out, and no one will send you to cocktail jail, but with it, you have a full sensory experience. Plus, it's a handy tool for stirring your potion.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Pumpkin Rum Punch Drink

  1. In a shaker, combine the dark rum, pumpkin puree, cinnamon syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well chilled.
  3. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  4. Top with ginger beer and stir gently to combine.
  5. Grate a pinch of nutmeg over the top.
  6. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Pro Tips

  • For a creamier texture, add a splash of heavy cream or coconut milk.
  • Serve the punch in a hollowed-out pumpkin for a festive presentation.
  • Make a large batch in advance and keep it chilled, adding the ginger beer just before serving to maintain carbonation.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platter: A selection of sharp cheeses like cheddar or gouda pair nicely with the spicy-sweet flavors of the cocktail.
  • Roasted Nuts: Pecans or almonds can draw out the nutmeg and cinnamon notes.

Main Courses

  • Glazed Ham: The sweetness and spices of the cocktail complement the savory flavor of the ham.
  • Roast Turkey: Perfect for a Thanksgiving pairing, the pumpkin and spices of the cocktail enhance the classic turkey meal.


  • Pumpkin Pie: Echoing the pumpkin in the cocktail, it's a match made in autumn heaven.
  • Apple Crisp: The cinnamon in both dessert and punch will create a harmonious flavor train.

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What you could change in Pumpkin Rum Punch

  • Dark Rum: You can substitute with spiced rum for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Cinnamon Syrup: Maple syrup or simple syrup with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon can be used if cinnamon syrup is not available.
  • Ginger Beer: Ginger ale is a milder alternative if ginger beer is too strong.

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Apple-Pumpkin Rum Punch

Swap in apple cider for lemon juice and ginger beer, adding cozy orchard vibes to our pumpkin bash. The apple's sweet tang complements the pumpkin, and the result is like falling into a leaf pile of flavor.

Ingredients: Dark rum, Pumpkin puree, Cinnamon syrup, Apple cider Recipe: Replace lemon juice and ginger beer with 3 oz of apple cider. Everything else is as original. The taste will become more appley and less zingy.

Spiced Pumpkin Rum Latte

Who needs a coffee shop? Add a shot of espresso and some frothy milk to turn this punch into a caffeinated treat. The bitterness of the coffee contrasts the spices beautifully.

Ingredients: Dark rum, Pumpkin puree, Cinnamon syrup, Espresso shot, Milk Recipe: Add the espresso shot with the original ingredients; top with frothy milk instead of ginger beer. This twist is for those who need a buzz with their buzz.

Fiery Pumpkin Rum Punch

Infuse the rum with chili for a kick that'll have you seeing pumpkin-colored fireworks. Some like it hot, and this is for them.

Ingredients: Chili-infused dark rum, Pumpkin puree, Cinnamon syrup, Lemon juice, Ginger beer Recipe: Infuse dark rum with chili peppers for 24 hours before making the cocktail. Follow the original recipe, and prepare for a spicy adventure.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pumpkin Rum Punch

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Pumpkin Rum Punch

Can the Pumpkin Rum Punch be made into a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version by using a non-alcoholic rum substitute and replacing the ginger beer with a non-alcoholic ginger brew or more lemon juice and sparkling water for fizz.

What type of glass is best suited for serving Pumpkin Rum Punch?

Pumpkin Rum Punch is best served in a highball or Collins glass, which allows for plenty of ice and makes it easy to enjoy the layered flavors of the punch.

Is Pumpkin Rum Punch suitable for vegans?

The ingredients in Pumpkin Rum Punch are typically vegan-friendly; however, it's essential to check specific brands of syrups and purees to ensure they don't contain any animal-derived additives.

Can Pumpkin Rum Punch be made in advance?

You can mix all the ingredients except the ginger beer in advance. Add ginger beer just before serving to preserve the carbonation and keep the punch fresh.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the Pumpkin Rum Punch?

To adjust sweetness, you can modify the amount of cinnamon syrup used or add a bit more lemon juice to balance out the flavors according to your preference.

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