An apple and pumpkin cocktail recipe ready for halloween

Sam @ Copperpot Bar

An apple and pumpkin cocktail recipe ready for halloween

So, the kids have carved their spooky halloween pumpkin and you’ve probably made one too. Instead of throwing away all of that gorgeous pumpkin flesh, or using it to make the same old pumpkin pie you’ve been making year-in-year-out why not use it to do something a little bit different? Maybe a treat for the adults whilst the kids are out trick or treating?

To make a single serve of this cocktail recipe, you’ll need:

30ml Pumpkin juice

30ml dry cider

20ml Sugar syrup 1:1 – stir equal parts cater sugar and water together until dissolved

15ml Fresh lemon Juice

25ml of white rum

Ginger ale to top

Cubed ice

A tall glass

A flag of pumpkin peel, used for garnish, about the size of a large postage stamp

Step by step directions can be found below:

1. The first thing you want to do is to prepare that raw pumpkin. The easiest way to do this is with a hard-fruit juicer. If you own one of these, you’re probably already familiar with the many wonderful juices you can make from things like carrots and ginger already. Pumpkin (and squash) juice is right up there with the best of them, it’s got a great delicate softness, backed up by subtle vegetal notes – simply sling all of the pumpkin pulp into it and collect the resulting juice.

If you don’t have one, chuck it all into a food processor and blitz it into a paste. Then, take a clean jay-cloth or tea-towel and over a mixing bowl or measuring jug, add the pulp into the cloth. Twist the top of the cloth to hold all of the pulp inside and squeeze the juice out into the bowl. Discard the pulp into the bin and repeat the process until you’ve got a beautiful bowl of bright-orange pumpkin juice.

2. Put your pumpkin to one side, ideally into a glass bottle, plastic will suffice if you don’t have it and refrigerate, make your sugar syrup and do the same. bottling and refrigerating is a good practice as it will allow you to use the ingredients again later on as well as make them much easier to work with. A kitchen full of bowls of liquid tends to get messy very fast.

3. Into one glass, add all of the ingredients except the ginger ale, along with cubes of ice. Give the mixture a quick stir with a spoon or a straw (Pro tip: a chopstick is the perfect stirring utensil if you’re unsure) before topping with a splash of ginger ale. Place your flag of pumpkin peel next to your straw for a garnish and get guzzling!!

You can shake this recipe if you’re super enthusiastic, but simply building it over ice is more than enough to produce a great drink. This will also work in a larger format in something like a punch bowl, although if you’re going to make a punch, some spices like cinnamon, cloves and black pepper will take the recipe up a notch.

We hope you enjoy this recipe and that your halloween is the spookiest yet. You can feedback and share your efforts with us @copperpotbar across social media platforms, as well as get in touch with Sam ( should you have a business or event that needs great drinks!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Stay spooky.

Copperpot Bar

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