Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur is creamy, lightly spiced and so easy to make at home. The result is fresher and more delicious than anything you can buy!

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur recipe --- anyone can do it!

Ever since I made my own Irish Cream I’ve been itching to try my hand at other homemade liqueurs.  This Pumpkin Liqueur tuned out equally fantastic.   The lightly spiced, creamy pumpkin is slightly sweet, but because I chose dark rum for the base, it has a good strong kick to it as well.  Sip it alone, use it for mixed cocktails, or in an after dinner coffee.   Who knew it was so easy to do?  This could get dangerous!

Creamy Pumpkin Liqueur recipe made with dark rum

Homemade liqueurs are fun to make, and once you get the hang of it, you can make endless varieties.  They make great holiday gifts, too.  You are basically infusing flavor into hard alcohol, and as you can imagine, the combinations are endless.  Some liqueurs need to be steeped for a period of time, then strained and bottled.  Others, like this creamy pumpkin liqueur don’t need aging, you can drink them immediately.  Just be sure to store this one in the fridge.  All you need is a clean bottle, some cheesecloth, a strainer, and ideally a funnel for easy filling.  You can usually find the cheesecloth and funnels right in your grocery store, where they keep the kitchen tools and supplies.  You can find all sorts of glass bottles online or in home goods stores.

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur

Yield: makes about 1 quart

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cup dark rum


  1. Pu the cream, pumpkin, sugar, and spices in a saucepan, stirring to combine everything. Heat gently for a few minutes, but do not bring to a simmer.
  2. Let cool slightly and then add the vanilla and the rum.
  3. Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and strain the mixture into clean bottles.
  4. Keeps for a month in the refrigerator.


  • Since you’re going to the trouble to make your own, make it good.  I like to grate the nutmeg from the whole spice, and use Massey’s Vanilla Bean Paste, which has a really vivid vanilla flavor and great specks, too.  Whole nutmegs are right in the spice section of your supermarket.  The paste is harder to find, but it is always online.
  • Technically you don’t need to strain this if you don’t want to.  I actually like the thick quality when it’s left un-strained…it’s like a decadent adult milkshake!
  • Don’t be afraid to taste as you go and adjust it to your liking.
  • Homemade liqueurs are usually shelf stable, but because this one contains cream, you should refrigerate it.
  • Definitely bring this  to whomever is hosting your Thanksgiving this year!

An easy recipe for homemade Pumpkin Liqueur made with pumpkin puree, fresh cream, spices, and dark rum

I think you’re going to love this!


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Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur is creamy, lightly spiced and so easy to make at home. The result is fresher and more delicious than anything you can buy! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com


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19 Responses to Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur

  1. Susan says:

    This would be a wonderful Thanksgiving cocktail and could be better than the traditional Tom and Jerry at Christmas too. Great idea!

  2. What a delicious and creative recipe Sue! I have many places to pin it!

  3. Dom says:

    you, my dear, are a friggin’ genius! I love this!

  4. Sounds yummy! I love this. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sue, this sounds like a yummy cocktail! I’m thinking the perfect after dinner drink for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Cathy says:

    This is on my list! My hubby makes liqueur’s, following in his dad’s footsteps. We were sharing them with some new guests last evening at the restaurant. This will really be a fun one for me to make and share.

  7. I love this Sue! If its half as good as your wild turkey drink last year – I know I would love it. So creative – you really are the hardest working blogger I know! Pinning :)

  8. Wow this looks fantastic! What’s your favorite way to have it? I love Irish Cream on teh rocks after dinner – I feel like this would be perfect that way!

    • Sue says:

      I really liked it on its own, Carolyn, it is so rich and creamy, I just liked taking tiny sips of it as we were sitting around after dinner

  9. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, what a fabulous idea, this would make great hostess gifts.

  10. You are the queen of homemade liqueur, I’ve got to try this!

  11. What a delicious idea ! We ‘re not big on drinks but this could be fun to serve guests at
    Parties ! So festive and perfect for the fall! Thanks for the recipe Sue!

  12. VERY COOL!! I never heard of anything like this but my sisters are coming to visit next weekend and I’m going to make it for them. You’re something else Sue!

  13. wow Sue, you did it again! I didn’t even know this existed at all. Wish I could have a small glass now.

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