When we needed a fun, fall-themed cocktail recipe that was sure to wow guests, we turned to the incomparable Colleen Jeffers from the cocktail blog GOOD DRINK for guidance. Whether it’s for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or just a casual autumnal gathering, this Pimm’s Pumpkin Punch is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
Pimm’s Pumpkin Punch
- 3 cups Pimm’s No. 1
- 1 cup gin
- 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1.5 cups sage simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1.5 cups pumpkin butter
- 2 cans or bottles of seltzer or club soda
- Combine the Pimm’s No. 1, gin, lemon juice, sage simple syrup, and pumpkin butter into a punch bowl and stir well, until all of the pumpkin butter is dissolved.
- To serve, fill a glass with ice, then add the cocktail until the glass is about 2/3 full.
- Top with a splash of seltzer and give one light stir to combine.
- Garnish with fresh sage, serve, and enjoy!
For the sage simple syrup
- Combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and stir in 10-15 fresh sage leaves (10 large or up to 15 medium). Cover and let cool to room temperature.
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator until ready for use, up to about two weeks.
- It’s not the overly-spiced pumpkin drink you’re probably used to — it’s light and effervescent and very refreshing.
- Using pumpkin butter lends a hint of fall spice for backbone, but lets the pumpkin flavor come through with wonderful tangy clarity.
- Sage lends a savory note to further elevate the drink’s herbaceous autumn profile.
- A sophisticated serve for Thanksgiving — not your typical sweet-as-candy fare!