Jam Cocktails: Pumpkin Butter + Wheat Whiskey


It’s time for another edition of Jam Cocktails!  If you’re late to the party, I’ll catch you up:  I’m too lazy to make simple syrups for my cocktails.  At 5:00, I want a cocktail, and I want it now.  Into my martini shaker goes two scoops of sweet sticky jam, a couple of shots of my spirit of choice, plus a little acidity from juice.  Shake it baby!

I made this Halloween cocktail for you with pumpkin butter, wheat whiskey, and apple cider.  For a little Halloween fun, I dipped the rim in caramel sauce.  This bright orange cocktail plus drippy caramel is exactly what we’ll be drinking while we hand out Halloween candy tomorrow night.  Last year, we had 5 kids come to our house to trick-or-treat.  So, we decided to go big for those 5 kids this year and buy full-size candy bars.  With our luck, word will get around that we’re handing out full-size candy bars, and all the kids in town will rush our house.  Too bad, kiddos, we only bought 8.

You need this pumpkin butter in your life:


If you want to eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon like it’s Nutella, I won’t judge you.  I will warn you, though, that you should strain this drink into your serving glass.  The chunks of spices can be daunting in a drink.

Happy Halloween, y’all! Thanks for all the kind words and recommendations about our move to St. Louis.  I read them all and took them to heart.  I didn’t know I had so many readers in STL.  Now I know it’s going to be a great place to live!  Thanks, all!

Don’t miss my other jam cocktail: Fig Jam + Rye Whiskey.

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Jam Cocktails: Pumpkin Butter + Wheat Whiskey
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Serves: 2
  • ⅔ cup apple cider (or juice)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin butter
  • 4 shots wheat whiskey
  • ¼ cup caramel sauce (or 10 caramels, melted in microwave)
  1. Pour caramel sauce in a shallow bowl that will fit the rim of the serving glass. Dip each glass in caramel, and put them in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.
  2. Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add all remaining ingredients and shake, shake, shake. Strain and serve in glasses.







  1. says

    Whatareyouserious??? This sounds awesome! I’ve always been pretty bad at cocktail ideas and am thrilled I can rely on you to do all the heavy thinking ;) I’m hanging out with my girlies tomorrow, so I’ll suggest we whip up a 5 gallon bucket…err…batch of these! :)

  2. says

    Sitting at my desk right now and sooooo wishing I had one of these caramely, pumpkiny, whiskey-y drinks in hand. If I come trick or treat, can I have one of these instead of candy? :)
    Unless there is extra candy. Then I’ll take that too.

  3. says

    Wow! What an awesome idea!! I do make a big batch of simple syrup and leave it in the fridge at all times. I’m a major sugar addict but this seems so simple and effortless and you get extra flavors you can’t get from a regular simple syrup which means you need more ingredients. I’m all for quick and easy. Especially the cocktails.

  4. Rachael says

    I found this recipe online while searching for good cocktails involving whiskey, pumpkin butter, and cider. I was happy to see I already had all the ingredients I would need! I added some lemon juice to brighten it up a little. Great, simple, fall cocktail.


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