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Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon

Is it too early to give you homemade/DIY holiday gift ideas?

Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon: this DIY holiday gift is super easy & super delicious! | #recipe I’d normally say yes, but this will take you at least a month to make. You can start it now, and have it ready for holiday gifts!

I got really into the whole “homemade” gifts thing last year, and made this for some friends and family. I kinda think homemade gifts are the best. I mean, someone spending a ton of their time to make you something they think you’ll like? That’s the most special type of gift, in my opinion.

Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon: this DIY holiday gift is super easy & super delicious! | #recipe

Infused liquors are a great gift because they are relatively easy, and usually always a gift that pleases! But like I said, it’s going to take some time. If you can plan enough ahead of time (which is usually SOOOOO not me…I’m like President of the procrastinator club), you’ll end up with an amazing gift!

This bourbon is extra amazing, because not only is it infused with warming spices (cloves, star anise, allspice, cinnamon, and even peppercorns!), but there is real, dehydrated pumpkin in there!

I dehydrated my pumpkin in my actual food dehydrator that I own (you can get one for like $50 on Amazon), but you could also do it in your oven (like in the original recipe).

As you can see in the photos, before and after the two to three week soak, the pumpkin looks quite a bit different. It plumps itself back up again in the liquor. I’ve actually heard of people then pureeing this, and using it in recipes in place of regular pumpkin puree, but I myself have never done it.

Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon: this DIY holiday gift is super easy & super delicious! | #recipe Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon: this DIY holiday gift is super easy & super delicious! | #recipe I packaged up my finished bourbon in some adorable glass bottles that I found at The Container Store, and then made some quick and easy labels using the labels and templates from The Paper Source. Then I tied some cute little note cards (also from Paper Source) to them with some twine, with how to enjoy it.

As for how to drink the finished bourbon, it actually is just great over ice. I’m not one to really enjoy just straight liquor, but with the sweet pumpkin, and enough mellowing time, this is incredibly tasty as a sipper. I can’t say I’ve had it any other way, but I imagine it would make a superb Old-Fashioned, and would incredible in a Bourbon Fizz!

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Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon

Yield: 1 quart (4 cups)


  • 1 or 2 sugar pie pumpkins
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 4 cups of your favorite bourbon (I like Knob Creek and Maker's)


for the pumpkin:

  1. Cut your pumpkin(s) in half; scoop out the goop and seeds and discard them. Cut into 1/2" slices.
  2. Arrange the slices in your dehydrator so that no pieces are overlapping. Set your dehydrator to your fruit/veg setting (usually like 135 degrees), and allow to dehydrate overnight. You want the pumpkin slices to have shriveled up a bit, and be quite crisp!

for the bourbon:

  1. Add all of your ingredients (including the dehydrated pumpkin) into a large airtight container (I used a large beverage container, specifically one of these.) Stir everything up, then allow to sit in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks.
  2. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth, and set over a bowl. Strain the infused bourbon into the bowl, and discard the spices and pumpkin pieces.
  3. Package your bourbon into desired containers, then allow to sit and mellow for an additional 2-3 weeks before drinking!

recipe from here

Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon: this DIY holiday gift is super easy & super delicious! | #recipe P.S.—I honestly don’t even plan to have so many pumpkin recipes, and I’m laughing so hard because I apparently just can’t help myself 😛


21 Responses to “Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon”

  1. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven — November 4, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Omg, this bourbon would make SUCH an amazing gift! Although, I must say I don’t think I could bear to part with it—seriously spiced PUMPKIN booze?! I’m keepin’ it. 😀

    • Rachael replied: — November 4th, 2014 @ 11:12 am

      Oh gosh I was the same way! The only thing that made it alright was that a bottle of it went to my dad, who gladly shared a bit with me!

  2. Mariana @The Candid Kitchen — November 4, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I am always on the lookout for  homemade gifts, this looks like a proper grown up gift, and the labels look awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    • Rachael replied: — November 4th, 2014 @ 11:13 am

      Thanks, Mariana! The labels are so easy to use, too! Basically anywhere you buy labels from should have some sort of template online, then you can just do everything in Word and print ’em out! Nothin’ fancy!

  3. Liz+@+Tip+Top+Shape — November 4, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Let me tell you, I would be over the moon to get this as a present!!!  To this day, homemade vanilla extract is one of my favorites gifts I’ve gotten.  I just think homemade things shows so much forethought.  

    • Rachael replied: — November 4th, 2014 @ 11:14 am

      Homemade vanilla extract would be SUCH an amazing gift! Oh gosh now I totally want to make that!
      And I so agree! Homemade ensures it’s going to be unique, too!

  4. Jess — November 6, 2014 at 2:10 am

    These are so awesome! We were just discussing how this year we are going to try and do some edible gifts. I’d not thought about doing something like this. It’s definitely going to make it into the gifts – I just need to find nice bottles! 

    • Rachael replied: — November 6th, 2014 @ 11:45 am

      Edible gifts (at least when I’m both giving and receiving) are always a huge hit!

      I found these bottles at Container Store, but I bet Storables has a few to choose from as well!

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  7. Kelsey — July 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Hi I love this idea and know so many people who would love receiving this gift my question is where did you get these cute bottles!? and does the bourbon hold up well in them?

    • Rachael replied: — July 22nd, 2015 @ 3:42 pm

      I got the bottles at the container store 🙂 And the bourbon worked wonderfully in them!

  8. Rhino — September 15, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I wonder what it would be like if you smoked the pumpkin before dehydrating 

    • Rachael replied: — September 15th, 2015 @ 11:34 am

      Oooh that’s a super interesting idea!! I bet it would be fantastic!

  9. Joey G — November 5, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I’m a Bourbon guy and If this tastes anything like it sounds, awesome!

    Is this something you concocted on your own? The bottle reminds me of a rustic version of Woodford Reserve. I’m definitely going to give this a shot.

    • Rachael replied: — November 5th, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

      The recipe and post links to the lady who originally came up with the idea. I changed a couple things around, and packaged it up al cute, haha!

  10. Julia — November 19, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Hi Rachael! Quick question – does the pumpkin have to be dried to make this? Can I do this with fresh pumpkin?


    • Rachael replied: — November 19th, 2015 @ 1:14 pm

      Yes, Julia, you’ll want to dry the pumpkin first 🙂

  11. Jessica — October 26, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    How much does this make finished product?

    • Rachael replied: — October 28th, 2016 @ 9:11 am

      Hi Jessica, the amount of starting liquid won’t change. It will yield 4 cups. 🙂

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