Pumpkin King Cocktail

The Pumpkin King was inspired by the great seasonal pumpkin ales that pop up this time of year. Jamie uses Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Co. to create a beer liqueur which he uses as the foundation for the cocktail. With its soft yet rich flavor, Pigs Nose Scotch Whisky is the perfect compliment to the deep spice of the hand made beer liqueur.


1 1/2 oz Pigs Nose Scotch Whisky

1/2 oz Pumpkin Liqueur

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

dash Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters

Housemade Beer Liqueur

1 part beer

2 parts sugar

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 tsp. ground allspice


Shake with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Top with ginger beer.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

How to Make Housemade Beer Liqueur

Place ingredients into a small sauce pan.

Simmer on high heat stirring frequently until bubbles expand.

Turn off heat and let cool.

Once cool, skim off bubbly layer on top.

Strain into a glass bottle.

Add 1/2 part cognac and shake to combine.


Chip 22 Nov 2011
11:34 am

In anticipation of the question I know someone is bound to ask, it looks as though Jamie is using Cock ‘n Bull Ginger Beer here. 

For me, finding the right ginger beer has been a challenge.  In addition to trying out several excellent commercial products such as Fever Tree, Blenheim, and (being form Atlanta) Red Rock Ginger Ale (similar to Blenheim), I have tried several recipes for homemade carbonated ginger beer as well as the noncarbonated version from the PDT cocktail book.  It seems that each ginger beer brings its own unique flavor profile to the final drink, which is what has made it so difficult to settle on which to use.  I suppose in the end it all comes down to personal taste, and perhaps, using different products for different drinks.  Somehow though, this answer seems unsatisfying.

I would love to hear Jamie’s take on this subject.

Mutineer Magazine 23 Nov 2011
8:29 am

Great video and the cocktail sounds delicious. Is it a typo to add 2 parts sugar and an additional 1 cup sugar?

Small Screen Colin 23 Nov 2011
8:31 am

Thanks, Brian! Yes, it is a typo. Fixed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Daniel Bautistag 27 Nov 2011
6:14 pm

where can I get the glassware/tools? they are great.

damien intoxicologist filth 28 Nov 2011
2:14 pm

can the liqueur be done with any style of beer?

damien intoxicologist filth 28 Nov 2011
2:18 pm

do you need to refrigerate the liqeuer if you dont use it all?

Nick L. 6 Dec 2011
12:14 pm

As a syrup, this is delicious.  As a liqueur, I find it unbalanced.  The sugar really masks the subtle malty characteristics of the beer.  But if it’s just the spice notes you’re after, this works brilliantly.  I scaled the sugar wayyy back and also introduced a different blend of booze to give it more of a liqueur appeal…something you wouldn’t mind drinking on its own after a meal.  I figured that if I’m going to be making a beer liqueur, it should exude the characteristics of the beer that’s in it.  Of course, that’s just my opinion.

hoobert 4 Feb 2012
6:08 am

Thanks Jamie for that you are really crazy. Today I am going to buy all stuff to do that.

Sam M 28 Oct 2012
5:31 pm

Nick - If you are still tuned in, can you share your formulation?  I agree—this made a great pumpkin simple syrup, but I found it too sweet as a liqueur.  I’ve been experimenting a little to see if I could get it to balance out, but wonder what you came up with.

Jamie - really excellent idea.

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