Pumpkin Pineapple Cocktail

pumpkin, pineapple and rum cocktail

What a weekend! I’m all tuckered out after a few fun-filled days with friends. Highlights include hanging out at the Dustbowl Art Market, making faces in a photo booth, sipping on [numerous] free cocktails and laughing over classic diner fare at breakfast. Last night we danced away to my friends’ 90s band, which made me feel old in the best way possible. I’m turning 26 this month, you know.

Tonight I’m sharing a pumpkin and pineapple cocktail that was inspired by a drink at Pura Vida in Cleveland (see the original here). Upon first sip, I vowed to recreate it at home, so I’m keeping to my word. It’s a real treat! It’s sweet but balanced; I’d savor one for dessert any day.

pumpkin and pineapple cocktail with dark rum

Pumpkin Pineapple and Rum Cocktail
Recipe type: Cocktail
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
  • 7 ounces pineapple juice (I like R.W. Knudsen)
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 1 teaspoon honey (more or less to taste)
  • 1 big lemon, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ginger
  • dash nutmeg
  • dash allspice or cloves
  • 3 ounces dark rum (I prefer Myer's)
  1. Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
  2. Fill two double old fashioned glasses with ice.
  3. Pour the mixture over ice and garnish with a dash of cinnamon.
Inspired by Pura Vida Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. Yields two drinks.

This is the third drink in my holiday cocktail series. Don’t miss the other two: pear nectar with reposado tequila, and a warming Wassail!


  1. Wayne says

    I don’t usually comment, but this sounds fantastic enough for me to do so. I just pureed a bunch of pumpkin to throw in the freezer and think I might try this. Do you use fresh pumpkin for this?

  2. says

    Pumpkin and pineapple?! I’m intrigued! I’ve got a ton of pumpkin puree in the freezer leftover from Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I’ll have to give this one a try.

  3. says

    I never would have thought to combine pumpkin & pineapple, but I love both flavors… so why not?! Sounds delicious. I’m also eyeing that gorgeous wooden slab/cross-section in the photos – would you mind sharing where you bought it? Thanks!

    • says

      Thanks, Lauren! I picked out the wood slab at a salvage yard and my dear dad stained it for me. It cost next to nothing. I’m hoping to get a bigger one soon!

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