Kastel's Pumpkin Punch Cocktail Recipe

Pumpkin Punch at Kastel in the Trump Soho Hotel

Just because Halloween is behind us doesn't mean you have to shelve pumpkin cocktails. This punch, created by Luciana Autilio, the manager at Kastel in New York's Trump Soho Hotel, captures the flavors of fall with ingredients like spiced pumpkin purée and date molasses.


  • 2 ½ ounces Bacardi 8 year aged rum
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • ¾ ounces lemon juice
  • ¾ ounces orange juice
  • ½ ounce spiced pumpkin purée
  • ½ ounce date molasses
  • 1 dash Fee Brothers Original Bitters
  • Ground nutmeg, for garnish


Shake all of the ingredients hard over ice. Serve in a burgundy glass and garnish with nutmeg.

Spiced Pumpkin Punch

I used to be really good at Halloween. As a kid, I started planning my costume in August, and to be perfectly honest, I always killed it. Just to give you a point of reference, in sixth grade, I was Sweetheart Barbie.

Sure it was hot/disorienting/claustrophobic trick-or-treating inside a spray-painted refrigerator box lined with cellophane, but it was worth it. The universe paid me back for my discomfort in appropriate amounts of candy and compliments.

My teenage Halloweens were pretty underwhelming because I went to boarding school, and wearing costumes to class wasn’t really a thing. Needless to say, I still dressed up, but my outfits were much less impressive than in my Halloween heyday. I did make my own Ninja Turtle shell out of a printer box my sophomore year, but it was rather unwieldy in class and some teachers complained, so after that, I mostly stuck to wearing orange and black.

Then came college, where I celebrated Halloween like any other co-ed, with jungle juice and as little clothing as possible. Ahhhh, the slutty years. I don’t remember them well, but I’m sure I had a great time!

Not gonna lie, the post-college Halloween space has been rather difficult to navigate. How seriously should one take Halloween post-graduation and pre-having kids? I mean, I feel like I’m past the point of being a slutty nurse and hitting ze clubs, but I also don’t have a small child to take trick-or-treating (thank God). So, what do I do? According to my roommate, I go to a Phish concert in Atlantic City dressed as Catwoman to his Batman. Problem solved.

The Phish extravaganza isn’t actually until tomorrow night, which leaves tonight free and clear. Since the Village Halloween Parade will be taking place on my street this evening, I do not plan to leave my apartment after 6pm. Shit gets way too weird out there. Instead, I will probably force Logan to watch Hocus Pocus (which I feel is a fair trade for dragging me to a Phish concert), while eating candy corn and drinking my favorite Halloween cocktail, Spiced Pumpkin Punch.

Spiced Pumpkin Punch is an unbelievably delicious fall treat, friends. If you’re skeptical about putting pumpkin puree in a cocktail, I get it. I thought it would be weird and gross too. However, I’m very pleased to report that I was wrong. It is delightful. The puree gives the punch a subtle pumpkin undertone and thickens it just enough to give it some depth without being smoothie-like. Again, delightful.

Dressed up with cinnamon, fresh ginger, and a generous amount of bourbon, this cocktail is practically bursting with seasonal flavors. The ginger beer adds the necessary sweetness, as well as a little extra heat and the tiniest bit of carbonation to round out the punch. Sipping on this is 100% guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out. Plus, Spiced Pumpkin Punch is a very festive shade of orange and looks incredibly fancy with a cinnamon stick and a couple sage leaves, making it an excellent option for fall entertaining.

Planning on having a Halloween partay this evening/weekend? I recommend making a giant batch of Spiced Pumpkin Punch and creatively serving it in a hollowed out pumpkin. If you’re not afraid of dry ice and randomly know where to purchase some, by all means, get that involved too. Spooky, scary.

Happy Halloween, friends! May your day be filled with plenty of dirty tricks and delicious treats.

Spiced Pumpkin Punch: (Makes 1 Serious Cocktail)

1 ounce pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon honey
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 ounces bourbon
1/8 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (yes, you can use ground ginger if you must)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 ounces ginger beer
Garnish: (optional)
1 cinnamon stick
Sage leaves
Dash of ground cinnamon

Preparing your Spiced Pumpkin Punch:

-Place all of the ingredients except the ginger beer in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, don’t panic. Just use a teaspoon to really mix things up.

-Strain ingredients over ice in a rocks glass.

-Stir in the ginger beer, and garnish your cocktail with a cinnamon stick and a couple sage leaves if you’re feeling fancy. An extra dash of cinnamon never hurts either.

15 Big Batch Cocktails Guaranteed to Delight a Crowd

Whip up one of these large batch cocktails or punch recipes pre-festivities, and you&rsquoll be free to join the celebration. (Because nothing dulls a party faster than getting stuck behind the bar.)

Repeat after us: You are the host, not the bartender. But the best way to make sure you don’t get trapped mixing drinks all night is to plan ahead, and the best way to plan ahead where bartending is concerned is to turn to big batch drinks and punch recipes. To get you out from behind the bar—with a drink in hand, of course—we’ve devised a roster of supersized, festive cocktails ranging from a refreshing Minty Moscow Mule to an icy Hard Cider Slush designed to fuel your holiday revelry (or any sort of festivities) without ever requiring a cocktail shaker, a bar spoon, or a muddler.

These batch cocktails range from the sweet to the complex, so there’s sure to be a drink to suit your taste𠅊nd the vibe of the party. The cocktail mixer options range, too, so your favorite is sure to be included somewhere. And because big batch recipes are so generously proportioned, if you want to make yours a little stronger or a little weaker, you’re free to do so. Now go forth and mix.

From Punch (http://punchdrink.com)

  • 1 ounce añejo tequila
  • 1/2 ounce cinnamon cordial, preferably Cannella
  • 1/2 ounce agave syrup
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin butter (see Editor's Note)
  • hot water, to top

Garnish: cinnamon whipped cream (see Editor's Note), toasted pumpkin seeds

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for the hot water, in an Irish Coffee mug.
  2. Fill the mug with hot water and stir until well-incorporated.
  3. Top with whipped cream and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Editor's Note

Pumpkin Butter:
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise pods
6 cloves
1 cup unsalted butter, melted

Combine all ingredients to a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, allowing all of the flavors to meld. Carefully pour mixture into a blender and blend until completely smooth. Cool before using. Store at room temperature.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream:
8 ounce heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in an iSi canister, charge and shake. If an iSi is not available, shake all ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker or Mason jar.

How to Serve a Pumpkin Punch Recipe

I think the best way to serve this punch is in a real pumpkin. I love these "fairytale pumpkins" or sometimes they are called "Cinderella Pumpkins" because they look old world and elegant. I find them every year at Trader Joes.

The video above will show you how to hallow them out and decorate the punch for serving.

I also think this Pumpkin Punch Recipe looks extra fancy (and a bit creepy) when served in vintage champagne flutes on a silver tray with frozen grapes, a black raven, and a sliced pomegranate.

To create the full menu for this dinner you might also enjoy these related recipes:

Bug Bites Chicken and Mushroom Witches Stew
Cheesy Cornbread Muffins Wickedly Good Chocolate Cake

PSG&T (Pumpkin Spice Gin & Tonic)

  • 2 dashes tartaric acid
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 1/4 ounces cinnamon-infused gin (see Editor’s Note)
  • 3/4 ounces pinot blanc
  • 3/4 ounces manzanilla sherry, preferably La Guita
  • 1 ounce squash syrup (see Editor’s Note)
  • 2 ounces Topo Chico, to top
  • 3 ounces tonic water, to top

Garnish: orange wheel, torched cinnamon, grated nutmeg

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the Topo Chico and tonic water, in a snifter over crushed ice.
  2. Stir to integrate.
  3. Top with Topo Chico and tonic water.
  4. Garnish with orange wheel, torched cinnamon, grated nutmeg.
Editor's Note

Cinnamon-Infused Gin:
1000ml gin, preferably Hendrick’s
100g cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients in a nonreactive container and stir to integrate. Let sit for 24 hours at room temperature. Strain through chinois.

Caleb Tumin’s Squash Syrup:
16g clove
30g cinnamon sticks
20g mace
430g roasted squash (roast at 450ºF for 10 minutes)
10g honey
430g sugar

In a pan, combine clove, cinnamon and mace. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook all together until sugar dissolves.

43 Best Halloween Punch Recipes to Serve at Your Costume Party

If you're hosting a Halloween party party this year, you're bound to be searching for the perfect themed Halloween appetizers, Halloween sweets, and Halloween treats. But don't forget the drinks! To keep guests happy while and the mood spooky, consider adding punch to your menu. One of the best things about punch is that it keeps you from having to constantly run around refilling drinks, so you enjoy mingling with your guests.

Ahead, you'll find plenty of frighteningly good drinks that all of your costumed guests will enjoy. While the outcome of these Halloween punch recipes are terrifyingly gorgeous, you'll be surprised by how easy they are to make. In fact, some take no more than 10 minutes, so there will still be time to whip one up even if you spent the whole day decorating. Pro tip: If you want to really set the mood, try serving your punch in a hollowed-out pumpkin punch bowl.

Whether you're hosting adults, kids, or both at your costume party, there's a Halloween punch recipe in here for you. Your grown-up guests will enjoy some of the alcoholic Halloween cocktails, and you can also serve up the kid-friendly options for your little ghouls and goblins. These sips will go well with a seasonal dessert and, of course, your costume. So if your plans for Halloween include hosting a bash, or simply watching your favorite scary movie, we think both are best enjoyed with one of these Halloween punch ideas in hand.

This drink is so easy, you barely need a recipe! Here's how to make it:

Drain 2 (15-oz.) cans lychees, reserving 1 ½ cups of syrup. Carefully stuff blackberries (from a 6-oz. container) in each lychee chill. Stir together reserved syrup, 4 cups tart cherry juice, and 1 cup fresh orange juice in a large pitcher chill. Add stuffed lychees and 3 (12-oz.) cans chilled sparkling water to punch. Serve over ice. Makes 12 servings

*For a sweeter drink, substitute ginger ale for sparkling water. Adults only: Stir 1 ½ cups vodka or light rum into punch.

This bloody delicious cocktail features spiced rum, cinnamon, and a surprising ingredient for extra flavor: hibiscus tea.

Brew up a big batch of this hot toddy if your Halloween happens on a day when the temps are dipping. The seasonal cider flavors and hot cup will keep everyone toasty. Want to keep it going for a while? Serve it in a slow-cooker!

Honestly, there's never a bad time to make margaritas. And if your Halloween eve is unseasonably warm (as they can be), then this is the drink to mix. Want to spook it up? Add a little food coloring and some black sanding sugar to the rim, and voilà!

This colorful, rummy twist on a cranberry cocktail is like all the best flavors of fall distilled into one drink.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find this Pumpkin Spiced Apple Cider? Your local Sprouts Farmers Market! It&rsquos on shelves starting in September (and maybe earlier in some places) through November. I grab a few of &rsquoem whenever I see it in stock because this stuff is delicious.

Can I use regular simple syrup instead of maple simple syrup? Personally, I think the maple syrup adds something special to this punch, but if you don&rsquot want to take the 5ish minutes to make that, feel free to use whatever simple syrup you have on hand. (Assuming it&rsquos not a flavored one!)

Is there a way to make this a non-alcoholic punch? Of course! Leave out the bourbon, and this fall-flavored punch is delightful on its own.

Can I make this punch in advance? You absolutely can! I&rsquod hold off on adding the ginger ale until it&rsquos time for serving, though, so it doesn&rsquot get flat.

What can I serve with this Pumpkin Apple Cider Punch?

Just interested in this punch?

Here&rsquos how I made it and how you can do the same for your next autumnal get together&hellip

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