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Honey Pumpkin Whiskey Smash

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The perfect blend of sweet honey and toasty whiskey blended with the creamy taste of pumpkin and a surprise, subtle pop of mint. Honey pumpkin whiskey smash takes the traditional cocktail and gives it the perfect fall twist!

overhead of orange pumpkin cocktails over ice on a drink tray with honey and pumpkin syrup

These lovely little tinctures are, well, to be honest, they’re a tad dangerous, but only because they are oh so delicious to sip.

Also, they’re easy to make. And you can easily batch them for future get-togethers whatnot.

Other noteworthy factors on this fall-themed cocktail:

  • just the right amount of sweet
  • not an overbearing amount of pumpkin
  • great for all types of palates, not just whiskey and bourbon lovers!
  • a subtle pop of cooling mint

Let’s get to it! It’s almost Thanksgiving and I’m going to need something to sip on while that turkey gets in the oven.

overhead photo of labeled ingredients for honey pumpkin whiskey smash

How to make honey pumpkin whiskey smash

Make the syrup. Smash the mint. Shake. Strain. Sip.  That’s all it’s going to take until these little beauties are in our hands.  

collage of steps to make honey pumpkin whiskey smash cocktails

The pumpkin syrup is quick to make.  Just combine the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, give it a stir, and once all the pumpkin purée is smooth just let it cool.

In a mixing tin with some crushed ice, smash the mint with a muddler, then build the drink.  Give it an aggressive shake with some more ice and then double strain into a fresh glass with crushed ice!

side angle of pumpkin smash cocktails on a drink tray

How to make crushed ice

There are two options!  While you don’t have to use crushed ice, it makes this drink way more fun to sip on.

You can either get a crushed ice tray which freezes the ice in strips so when you crack it to release the ice it crushes itself.  Or you can go the simple way of putting your cubed ice in a bag and crushing it with a meat mallet or rolling pin.  The kids love this option.

What do you use for whiskey smash garnish?

Traditionally just a healthy handful of mint still on the sprig.  Since our cocktail has flavors of pumpkin and honey, here are a few other garnish options:

  • star anise
  • cinnamon sticks
  • fresh grated nutmeg
  • honeycomb

close up overhead angle of pumpkin smash cocktails over ice on a drink tray

How to batch whiskey smash cocktails

If you’d like to make these in advance and not have to worry about playing bartender, later on, it can easily be done!  You can either build a few of these at a time in a cocktail shaker or just add mint to the pumpkin syrup while you make it to infuse that mint flavor.

More whiskey cocktail ideas…

If you’re loving the sweet and boozy flavors of these pumpkin smashes, give these other whiskey and bourbon-based cocktails a try.

close up side angle of pumpkin whiskey smash in a rocks glass

So this fall and holiday season, skip the pie and steal the can of pumpkin to make these honey pumpkin whiskey smash cocktails!

side angle of pumpkin smash cocktails on a drink tray

Honey Pumpkin Whiskey Smash

Skip the pie, add the whiskey.  Honey pumpkin whiskey smash cocktails are what we will be sipping on all fall.  Simple to make and easier to drink with just the right amount of sweetness, pumpkin and boozy flavors!
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall cocktails, pumpkin cocktails, pumpkin drinks, thanksgiving drinks, whiskey smash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 299kcal
Author: Lauren

Ingredients

Honey Pumpkin Whiskey Smash

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 2 ounces pumpkin syrup
  • 6 mint leaves
  • splash lemon juice

Pumpkin Syrup

  • ¼ cup pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  • Make the syrup. In a small saucepan, combine the pumpkin purée, honey, and water. Bring to a slow boil, whisking occasionally to remove any clumps. Once the mixture starts to boil, remove from heat and cool.
  • Smash the mint. In a cocktail shaker, smash the mint leaves with a little crushed ice using a muddler.
  • Build the cocktail. Add the whiskey, splash of lemon juice, and ice cubes to the cocktail shaker. Cover and shake for 10 to 15 seconds and double strain over a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
  • Garnish and serve.  Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg and fresh mint, enjoy!

Notes

  • To batch the cocktails, add mint to the pumpkin syrup once it comes to a boil and let it steep while it cools.
  • For easy batching, use equal parts of pumpkin syrup and whiskey instead of measuring out ounces.

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg

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