Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz

Well I’ve been on quite the pumpkin kick recently, wouldn’t you agree?  First the crostata.  Then the whoopie pies.  And now this Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz.  It seems like each fall I develop an obsession for a different seasonal fruit or vegetable.  Last year was figs.  The year before, root vegetables (particularly parsnips).  Do you ever find yourself doing the same thing?  This year, I can partially attribute my pumpkin obsession to a pantry full of organic pumpkin puree.  I stocked up a month ago thinking there would be some sort of pumpkin shortage this year.  I’m thinking the shortage never really happened because I’ve seen plenty of pumpkins (whole and canned) around.

This Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz is a seasonal blend of pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka, cider and ginger beer.  The cocktail tastes very similar to pumpkin pie; however, it’s not overly sweet.  The ginger beer lends a bit of a bite to the drink and counters the heft of the pumpkin puree, resulting in a very enjoyable mouthfeel.  A perfect cocktail to enjoy before Thanksgiving dinner!  Continue reading for the recipe.

Pumpkin Puree

I used leftover, homemade pumpkin puree for the drinks pictured above, but you could certainly used canned.  And yes… I am alluding to another pumpkin recipe coming down the line :)

Building the Cocktail

5.0 from 2 reviews

Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin puree (canned or homemade*)
  • 1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 2 oz. apple cider
  • 1 1/2 oz. ginger beer
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka and apple cider. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  2. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top off with ginger beer.
*To make pumpkin puree: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut a pie pumpkin in half and scoop out seeds and strands. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 30 – 40 minutes. The texture of the pumpkin flesh should be soft when pierced with a fork. Let cool a bit. Scoop flesh into a food processor and puree until smooth.


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51 Responses to Pumpkin and Apple Cider Fizz

  1. 1
    Eliot says:

    I have seen sooooo many pumpkin recipes from everyone this season. I love it!

  2. 2

    Pumpkin with vodka AND beer…now you’re talking.

    Just saw your whoopie pies on Tasteologie. Congrats!

  3. 3
    Ann P says:

    Hey there! I just found your blog today, fellow San Diegan food lover! Your photos are just plain gorgeous and the recipes sound UH-MAZE-ING. I’m excited to keep on reading and gain some konfidence, especially since I’m almost a beginner at cooking/baking, and currently trying to learn as much as I can!
    Also, I am determined to make this drink for the weekend! I have a bit of pumpkin left over from another recipe, and this post came at the most opportune time :)

    • 3.1
      Brandon Matzek says:

      Thanks so much Ann!!! Welcome to the Kitchen Konfidence family :)

      Are you a member of the San Diego Food Blogger’s Facebook page?

  4. 4
    carey says:

    This looks and sounds amazing. (I had to take a minute to collect myself before writing a comment—I was so excited by the idea of a pumpkin cocktail that my first reaction was to type out about 50 exclamation points.) Well done!

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  6. 6

    What a fantastic combo for a cocktail. I might try it out with bourbon in place of the vodka and a teeny splash of vanilla extract to bring it back in. Can’t wait :)

  7. 7

    MMMMMMmmm This looks so good!

  8. 8
    Baker Street says:

    Pumpkin, apple, ginger and vanilla! Excellent pairing of flavors! I would love a glass or two right now! :)

    I’m hosting a squash blog hop this month. Come and share your recipe with us: http://www.foodbuzz.com/blogs/4496187-pumpkin-swirl-chocolate-brownies

  9. 9
    Peggy says:

    I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing pumpkin recipes! This one sounds rather unique – and can’t wait to try it =)

  10. 10
    Bana says:

    Sadly, I need some clarification. Because Americans and English have different products for the same words.. is the cider mentioned alcholic hard cider or regular American apple cider? and is the ginger beer alcoholic or non.

  11. 11

    That looks AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing.

  12. 12
    Sandra says:

    Very different Brandon and I’m anxious to try it. Your drink recipes are always great.

  13. 13
    Emma says:

    I’m just the same as you – get fixated on one seasonal fruit or veg and just go nuts on it for weeks! I’ve never seen a pumpkin-based drink before, and now I’m wondering why – this combo sound amazing!

  14. 14

    I think a pumpkin kick isnt the worse thing that could happen :) Either is a fig kick, I was on that last year and would try to cook and bake with figs pretty much on a daily basis.
    This drink sounds heavenly! So interesting and different. I love all the flavors going on!

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    Juli A says:

    This looks so tasty!! Had to share on my holiday cocktail roundup. Thanks for the inspiration! http://blog.inspirationbug.com/2011/12/09/cocktail-holiday-cheer-in-a-glass/

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    Marissa says:

    This sounds great, but I’m not a drinker… substitute for the vodka?

    • 19.1
      Brandon Matzek says:

      That’s a great question! I would add vanilla simple syrup to taste. If you add too much, squeeze in some lemon to balance the flavors.

  20. 20
    Ashley says:

    Would this work without the alcohol & vodka?

    • 20.1
      Brandon Matzek says:

      You would lose the vanilla flavor if you omit the vodka. Instead maybe try vanilla simple syrup with a little lemon?

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    Bridget says:

    Is there something else that you could use beside ginger beer? I have Celiac Disease, so I can’t have beer. And I’m allergic to ginger, haha

    • 22.1
      Brandon Matzek says:

      You could try ginger ale, but the ginger flavor won’t be as strong. Ginger is one of the main flavorings here so if you switch it out, you’ll be making a different drink :P

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    Amy says:

    Hi! I stumbled across your recipe on Pinterest and it sounds delish! Call me naive or inexperienced… but are you referring to sparkling apple cider or just regular? And I’ve never even heard of ginger beer… can I just buy it at a typical grocery store? Thanks so much!

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    Courtney says:

    Would it work if I substituted club soda for ginger beer? And/or apple vodka in place of vanilla-flavored? Just thinking of what I have on hand already…

    • 36.1
      Brandon Matzek says:

      Hi Courtney, you could make those substitutions, but your version wouldn’t really taste this cocktail. I would just test it out and see what happens! Enjoy. And please share results :)

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