Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur recipe

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

DIY pumpkin liqueur pin

Ever since I made my own Homemade Irish Cream I’ve been itching to try my hand at other homemade liqueurs.

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

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.

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


  • 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!
Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur recipe
3.52 from 27 votes

Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Liqueur is creamy, lightly spiced and so easy to make at home. The result is fresher and more delicious than anything you can buy!
Course liqueur
Cuisine American
Cook Time 5 minutes
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup half and half or 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
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups dark rum to taste, depending on how strong you want your liqueur to be


  • Put 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.
  • Let cool slightly and then add the vanilla and the rum.
  • Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and strain the mixture into clean bottles.
  • Keeps for a month in the refrigerator.
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  • Reply
    Rachel B
    December 1, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Can I use capt morgan?

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      December 1, 2020 at 5:14 am

      Yes, for sure.

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    October 9, 2019 at 8:36 am

    This is a great recipe. Not overly sweet like the one sold at a Trader Joe’s. I had some left over and used it to make French toast! Absolutely delicious!

    • Reply
      October 9, 2019 at 8:45 am

      omg I need to come to your house for breakfast :))

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    Susan Thompson
    November 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Sue, Happy Thanksgiving!

    Do you think you could substitute rye or bourbon for the dark rum? I have a lot of rye/bourbon already….thank you Kentucky!

    Thank you and best wishes,

    • Reply
      November 21, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      I don’t see why not!

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    October 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

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

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    October 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

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

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    October 18, 2015 at 4:31 am

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

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      October 18, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Can you find the canned pumpkin in the UK these days? I know for a while it was almost impossible…

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    Heavy Duty Picnic Benches
    October 17, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Sounds yummy! I love this. Thanks for sharing!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House KItchen
    October 16, 2015 at 7:28 pm

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

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    October 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

    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.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 15, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    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 🙂

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      October 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Oh man I forgot about that Frozen Turkey — gotta make one of those!

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    Carolyn Selheim-Miller | Boxes and Jars
    October 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      October 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      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

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    October 15, 2015 at 1:47 pm

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

    • Reply
      October 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      I think so too, Cheri — especially for Thanksgiving.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

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

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    2 sisters recipes
    October 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

    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!

    • Reply
      October 15, 2015 at 11:33 am

      I know your drinking pals will appreciate it 😉

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    Chris Scheuer
    October 15, 2015 at 9:30 am

    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!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    October 15, 2015 at 8:30 am

    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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      October 15, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Wish we could share one together, Angie 🙂

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