Well, the “frost is on the punkin” so we harvested all of our pumpkins and squash last week.  While pumpkin pies and squash & sausage dishes are great, there is no better way to celebrate the pumpkin harvest than with a Pumpkin Martini.

Ingredients for a pumpkin martini
Ingredients for a pumpkin martini

DIY Pumpkin Shrub Syrup:

We used several of the Cinderella pumpkins to make a fall pumpkin shrub syrup in the kitchen.  If you want to make your own…

  1. heat together equal parts of  cooked pumpkin, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and some of your favorite pumpkin spices.  
  2. If using whole spices, bring the mixture to a quick boil and then turn off the heat, cover and let the spices infuse for 1/2 hour up to several hours.
  3. Strain and enjoy. Vinegar and sugar are preservatives, so it should keep for 3-4 months at least.

More detailed directions for making your own shrub syrups can be found here.

Recipe for the Pumpkin Martini:

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • maple sugar for rimming glass
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 1/2 oz pumpkin shrub syrup
  • 1/2 oz vanilla liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Rim the glass with a lemon wedge and dip the rimmed glass into maple sugar.  Into a shaker full of ice, add the bourbon, the pumpkin shrub, the vanilla liqueur and the bitters.  Shake until chilled (about 10 seconds), and strain into the maple-sugar-rimmed glass.

Here is a short “how-to” video for the drink, with a guest reading of the James Whitcomb Riley poem, “When the Frost is on the Punkin”.   Enjoy them both!

How To Make A Pumpkin Martini

Watch the Step by Step Video for More Details


  1. Beth on September 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I can’t find your pumpkin shrub syrup for the martini. I was all ready to cheat with it on Saturday. 🙂

    • Dorothy Stainbrook on September 15, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Hi Beth, So sorry on the pumpkin syrup availability!! I only have that one for a limited time in the fall. We should have it available in early October.

      • Dorothy Stainbrook on September 11, 2017 at 5:24 pm

        5 stars
        We no longer offer the pumpkin shrub syrup from Heathglen. There are some directions for making your own in this post. If you have questions on it please leave a comment and I will add details.

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