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The bourbon pumpkin shrub uses warm spices and seasonal flavors to make a great autumn cocktail. The base of the recipe, the pumpkin shrub, is the key to this flavorful beverage. But what exactly is a shrub?

Sometimes called drinking vinegars, shrubs are a combination of sugar, vinegar and, usually, fruit. The mixture is allowed to sit in the refrigerator overnight to concentrate the flavor and then strained and used as a mixer or on it’s own with some club soda, similar to kombucha.


Bourbon Pumpkin Shrub

Bourbon Pumpkin Shrub

  • Author: Dell Cove Spices
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x



For the Cocktail:

2 oz. Bourbon

2 oz. Pumpkin Shrub (see recipe below)

Dash of bitters

4 oz. Sparkling wine

For the Pumpkin Shrub:

1 lb. Pumpkin, roasted or 1 (15 oz.) can unsweetened pumpkin puree

3/4 Cup granulated sugar

3/4 Cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger

1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

For the Rim:

1 Tablespoon simple syrup

Dell Cove Spices Halloween Rim Sugar


To make the shrub, add the granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, grated fresh ginger, ground cinnamon and pinch of salt to a large mason jar. Add in the pumpkin and shake well. Cover with the lid and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then strain and keep refrigerated for up to a week. Note that, if you use pumpkin puree, you may find you need to strain the mixture through cheesecloth.

Pour a tablespoon or two of the rimming sugar into a shallow bowl. Brush the edges of a cocktail glass with the simple syrup and and roll in the rimming sugar.

To make the cocktail, add the bourbon, shrub and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake well and pour into the prepared glass. Top with the sparkling wine.

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Bourbon Pumpkin Shrub

Bourbon Pumpkin Shrub

  • Author: Anita Schecter