Pumpkin Mojito from Jeanne Benedict’s Halloween Cocktails TODAY Show Appearance

by Jeanne Benedict on September 21, 2011

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This is a classic mojito concocted with homemade pumpkin syrup in a tall glass. Easy Halloween party favor accents, such as a witch finger on a cocktail stir stick or a Halloween rubber wristband around the glass makes the cocktail festive & freaky!  

6 – 8 mint leaves
1 1/2 oz. light rum
Splash of lime juice (about 1/2 teaspoon)
3 oz. pumpkin syrup (recipe below)
Club Soda

Pumpkin Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned)

Prepare pumpkin syrup first: Stir together sugar, water, and pumpkin puree in a medium saucepan, and cook over high heat until puree has dissolved and mixture just boils; about 3 to 5 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate until ready to serve. Pumpkin syrup can be made the day before it will be used.

To make the Pumpkin Mojito: Add juice, mint, and rum into a tall glass. Crush mint using the back of a spoon or a muddler until liquid is light green, then pour in pumpkin syrup. Add ice cubes to fill half of the glass. Add club soda to where glass is 3/4 full and stir. For an easy Halloween accent, slip a rubber wristband with a word like “freaky” or “spooky” around glass like the one pictured which I got from Party City.

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Tori October 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Jeanne – this is perfect timing for 2 reasons. 1) I am missing my summer mojitos already and 2) am getting tired of drinking pumpkin beer. This recipe looks like a perfect replacement – can’t wait to try!


Jeanne Benedict October 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

So funny! Makes perfect sense. I haven’t had my fill of pumpkin beer this season, but man do I love it on a cold October night!


sharon garofalow October 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm

This recipe sounds so delicious! I’m a mint and lime fanatic and have been craving all the season pumpkin goodies. What better way to have them all at once! Bummed I missed your Today show appearance. :( But glad you shared the recipes here!


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