Fall Cocktail: Adult Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

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…..Fall is officially here, and I have to admit, I’m one of the biggest advocates for seasonal drinking. In the Summer’s I’m all about flavored rums, frozen cocktails, and tiki drinks, but when the Autumn and Winter turn up, it’s all fall flavors you’ll find inspiring my drinks. Whether it’s warm bourbon and scotch filled drinks, or dessert cocktails made with your Kahluas, Irish creams, and candy-like liqueurs, there is sure to be some good smells resonating from behind my bar. Much like myself, my better half and contributor to 101, Lorianne, also tends to trend towards the seasons when tending to her first love: baking. In fact, while browsing one of her favorite baking websites she came across a recipe that caught her eye and said it needed to be shared on 101. I thought to myself, Pumpkin? Milkshake? Bourbon?… Yes Please. This one calls for a few more ingredients then you may be use to carrying so make a trip to the store if you need to, give this one a try and see if you want to share it at your next get together (Thanksgiving? Halloween?), or keep it to yourself (We wouldn’t blame you).


Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake( Makes 2 Milkshakes)

  • 2 Cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1/4 Half and half
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 2/3 Cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 Tbs pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 Cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2-3 oz of bourbon (We Used Makers Mark)
  • Frosting/Sprinkles for Rimming of the glasses
  • A Dash of Cinnamon
  • Whipped Cream (Optional)

Add all your ingredients to a blender and mix until combined. Rim glasses with a light coating of frosting then dip in sprinkles. Pour in shake and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Top with whipped cream (optional). If you’re like me, that 2-3 ounces of bourbon make turn into 3-6 easily. Also, Makers Mark is my preferred bourbon for dessert drinks calling for bourbon (Like Egg Nog), due to it’s sweet taste in comparison to other bourbons. Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook! Hope you enjoy, class dismissed.

(Photos and Recipe coourtesy of HowSweetItIs.)


Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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