Captain Pumpkin Cocktail

The Captain Pumpkin Cocktail; spiced rum and pumpkin, festive and delicious. For those of you who love an Allen’s and half and half; this may be your new holiday drink and for those of you who would never dream of putting a dairy product in booze but love your captain, you must try this cocktail.

Sorry about the picture quality of the Captain Pumpkin Cocktail, I assure you it is not reflective of the taste; which is smooth yet spicy and rich but not heavy. Normally I take my food pictures in the morning (natural light, my food and Bo Derek always insist on being photographed in natural light) and although I am able to justify a rum laced pumpkin beverage on a Tuesday night, a Wednesday morning  cocktail, just isn’t a good idea unless one is down in the Keys. “Make it and don’t drink it”, you say? …never heard of that. Mainers don’t waste. I suppose you could pop it in the freezer to hold it ….let me know how that turns out; my guess is the Captain Pumpkin cocktail will never see the freezer; down the hatch instead it will go!

First make the Pumpkin Butter! Besides cocktails, pumpkin butter is great on banana bread and muffins. If you get your pumpkin butter ready tonight and pop it in the fridge, you’ll be all set for the weekend.

Pumpkin Butter

  • 1 can, 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbs. molasses
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/8 tsp. each of the following spices: mace (may substitute nutmeg), cinnamon, cloves


Combine all ingredients in a tall (will splatter as it cooks), heavy saucepan. Heat to a slow boil and continue cooking at a slow boil for about 25 minutes, or until it is very thick and reduced by about 1/3. Stir very frequently. Cool and store in the refrigerator.


Captain Pumpkin Cocktail (makes 2):

  • 2 rounded Tablespoons pumpkin butter
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin eggnog (can substitute cinnamon eggnog)
  • 1/2 cup spiced rum (light or dark – I used silver)

Mix all ingredients throughly in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice in a double old fashioned glass. Suggestions for garnish:  A few pomegranate seeds or a sprinkle of nutmeg.