Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

The Taste Edit shopped for lux pie pumpkins from CUESA ferry plaza market to make Pumpkin Spice Cocktail with Hangar 1 Vodka for Friendsgiving
Scoop out the seeds before roasting fresh pumpkins to create a homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Cocktail with Hangar 1 Vodka for Friendsgiving via The Taste Edit


To celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends this year, we hosted a festive Friendsgiving – Thanksgiving cocktail party the weekend before everyone heads out for Thanksgiving, and sipped on pumpkin spice cocktails. It was the perfect way to celebrate, without the pressure of cooking a full turkey and all the fixings. Instead, we decided to play with some traditional Thanksgiving ingredients to make Thanksgiving cocktails and appetizers.

We head over to the CUESA Ferry Plaza farmers market most weekends. It’s always fun to see what is fresh and in season. A few weeks ago we picked up these luxury pie pumpkins, which make amazing fresh pumpkin pies, but we decided to try something different and turn ours into fresh pumpkin spice cocktails.


The Taste Edit makes Pumpkin Spice Cocktails with Hangar 1 Vodka and fresh pumpkin and cinnamon sticks to create a PSL cocktail
The Taste Edit adds Hangar 1 Straight Vodka to a cocktail shaker to make the Thanksgiving Cocktails with Pumpkin Spice


We love to use fresh pumpkin whenever possible. It tastes so much better than canned, and it’s easy to make. Just cut the top off of a fresh pumpkin and cut it in half vertically down the center. Scoop out the seeds (save to roast for a snack), and place the pieces cut side down in a sheet pan. Add about 1/4 inch of water to the pan and roast in the oven at 350F degrees for 45 minutes or until it pierces easily with a fork. Scrape out the flesh and either use immediately or freeze. For this cocktail, we pureed the roasted pumpkin with a splash of water in our Vitamix until very smooth.


The Taste Edit adds Horchata and Ginger Liquor with Hangar 1 Straight Vodka to make their Halloween Cocktail or Thanksgiving Cocktail, A Pumpkin Spice Cocktail
The Taste Edit adds freshly roasted pumpkin puree, like you would use to make a pumpkin pie, with Hangar 1 Straight Vodka to makes Pumpkin Spice Cocktails


We wanted this Thanksgiving cocktail to be like a fresh pumpkin pie filling in a glass with all of the flavors of the season. An elevated adult pumpkin spice latte. To make our pumpkin spice cocktail, we combined Hangar 1 Straight Vodka, pumpkin puree, Horchata liqueur, ginger liqueur, and bitters in a cocktail shaker, then strained it into a glass filled with ice. We garnished it with a cinnamon stick and served it in these gorgeous gold-rimmed vintage inspired glasses.


Pumpkin Cocktails are simple to make for your Thanksgiving cocktails or Haloween cocktails, perfect for a cocktail party made with Hangar 1 Vodka by The Taste Edit
Holding a Thanksgiving appetizer made with cranberries and sweet potatoes, perfectly paired with a vodka pumpkin spice cocktail for Thanksgiving cocktails made with Hangar 1 Vodka


Hangar 1 has always been a favorite in our house. The distillery is located right across the bay in Alameda in a WWII-era hangar. We love that it’s a local and fresh product, distilled from a mixture of grain and grapes. We’re looking forward to checking it out ourselves, because now you can tour and taste at the distillery.


The Taste Edit loves to make Pumpkin Spice Cocktails for Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving cocktail made with Hangar 1 Vodka
Pumpkin Cocktail, a pumpkin vodka cocktail, is the perfect Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving cocktail made with Hangar 1 Vodka made by The Taste Edit


For our Thanksgiving cocktail party, we put out a spread of Thanksgiving appetizers, including our favorite turkey-based albondigas (made and served in this Staub braiser c/o), sweet potato crisps with chive creme fraiche and cranberries (served on this slate board), shaved mushrooms baked with Fontina cheese and thyme, and a fresh persimmon tart. We set the table with a linen tablecloth and natural runner from Crate & Barrel.


Glasses filled with Pumpkin Spice Cocktails, garnished with cinnamon sticks, and made with with Hangar 1 Vodka and horchata liquor made by The Taste Edit
Pumpkin Spice Cocktails and Sweet Potato Crips with Cranberry and creme fraiche is a perfect simple appetizer and Thanksgiving Cocktails or Halloween parties
The Taste Edit invited friends to celebrate Friendsgiving cheersing and sharing our favorite easy pumpkin spice cocktail recipe made with vodka, easy Thanksgiving cocktails
Albondigas are Spanish meatballs made with olives, turkey, and pork - perfect Thanksgiving appetizer for cocktail parties and go with The Taste Edit's pumpkin spice cocktail with Hangar 1 Vodka
Albondegas are the perfect party bite. The Taste Edit always makes these for parties or the holidays, made with pork and turkey.
The Taste Edit makes Pumpkin Spice Cocktails with Hangar 1 Vodka for Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving and parties, the best pumpkin cocktail we've tried with ginger and cinnamon


Our simple Thanksgiving centerpiece was made with seasonal fall fruits of fresh Satsuma oranges and pumpkins from the market and these pretty candle holders. (Hint: Look for Satsumas that have leaves attached so it adds some greenery to your table.)

Everyone had such a fun time snacking on appetizers inspired by traditional Thanksgiving ingredients, and of course the cocktail was amazing. Get the recipe below!


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Pumpkin Spice Cocktail
  1. Add Hangar 1 Straight vodka, pumpkin puree, horchata liqueur, ginger liqueur, cream, and bitters to a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake until very cold and well-combined.
  2. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Thank you to Hangar 1 Vodka for sponsoring this post.


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