Uhhh yes… why yes, I am posting a “recipe” for a milkshake.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes I howsweeteats.com

Feel free to kick me in the teeth.

It’s not that I think you’re too inept to know how to put ice cream scoops and milk in a blender and push “start”… it’s just that I’m not sure you know how to add a few hefty slugs of bourbon.

See? I knew we were in this relationship for a reason.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes I howsweeteats.com

Ooooh and I also really enjoyed this (some would say too much) and didn’t want you to go a day without it. That’s the real reason.

Okay… and the third (real) reason is that my last-minute planned cookies were a big fat fail on Tuesday and my teeth are sweet today. Sue me.

And I’ve already done all the other boring-yet-delicious, typical, !OMGit’spumpkinseason! recipes so what better way to ring in Fall with a refreshing beverage that tastes like pie with a side of liquor?


This is my kind of thing. I hope it’s yours too.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes I howsweeteats.com


Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

Yield: 2 shakes

Total Time: 10 minutes


2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cream or half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
2-3 ounces of bourbon
frosting + sprinkles (or cinnamon sugar) for glasses


Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until combined. Rim glasses with a light coating of frosting then dip in sprinkles. Pour in shake and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Top with whipped cream if desired. Serve!

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes I howsweeteats.com

Oh and these fun autumn sprinkles? They came from Janetha. Man I love that girl.

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332 Responses to “Grown Up Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes.”

  1. #
    Emily — September 26, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    Honestly, this milkshake is nothing to get one’s knickers in a twist about, healthwise. True, it clocks in at 500 calories per serving, but for a milkshake that’s actually pretty low. (Compare McDonald’s smallest vanilla milkshake at 540.) Hardly something the average person’s diet could not easily allow for. Not to mention the fact that you’re getting a 1/3 cup of pumpkin, which is enormously good for you. :)


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    Mollie — September 26, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    With all of the pumpkin, this recipe appears to be a nutritious extravaganza and great for stress relief. In order to reduce my calorie intake, I plan to double the bourbon and call it a meal. Thanks for sharing!


    • Dana B — October 1st, 2011 @ 1:39 am

      lol :) I like that idea! Wonder what my husband will say… Probably, “Where’s mine?!” :)


      • Angie — October 6th, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

        Hi Mollie,
        My name is Angie. I think we could be best friends with that attitude ;)

        • wanda — October 12th, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

          Breakfast of champions! ;)

          • t bell — October 14th, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

            You are surely on to something here :)

            • Krlly — November 13th, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

              We should form a club! This sounds a a great ritual Friday night dinner! Dairy: Check, Fiber: Check! Alcohol: Check, Check!

    • Sue — October 25th, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

      Love the way you think (rationalize), Mollie – Cheers!!!


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    Ashley @peaceloveyumminess — September 27, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    This looks amazing and I’m sure it tastes even better! I recently made pumpkin ice cream and was thinking of some different ways to use pumpkin and this one I cannot wait to try!


  4. #
    Tabitha — September 27, 2011 @ 3:28 pm

    OMI-gorsh… this looks amazing. I seriously think that I.Love.You, thank you for posting this!


  5. #
    Amy Rene — September 27, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    Oh my that looks absolutely amazing & I’m going to have to try it!! Perfect for the non-cool fall we have in Texas sometimes :)


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    Caitlan — September 28, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    Oh my gosh, I just made this and it is AMAZING. I substituted more milk and cream for the bourbon (still have to wait a year for that stuff) but it is still absolutely amazing. It’s been really hot where I live recently, and this is a nice way to chill down while also celebrating the soon coming autumn. Love it!


    • Suzanne — October 19th, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

      I’m struggling with subsituting Bourbon for something else. I’m making this for 30 people which requires that I use 5 5/8 cups of Bourbon. What do you recommend I use instead of bourbon. The recipe already calls for 15 tablespoons of vanilla extract if I make this for 30 people, so I’m not sure if I want to substitute more extract for the bourbon or not which is what some sites recommend. Any ideas. Thanks so much!


      • Trish F — September 26th, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

        You could use rum or (if you can find it) bourbon extract for the flavor element the liquor.

      • Dyani — October 13th, 2014 @ 12:53 am

        Try Captain Morgan Spiced Rum instead? Or there’s a butter rum. Yum.

      • Dyani — October 13th, 2014 @ 12:58 am

        I’ld go buy a big Costco Vanilla and not skip out! It’s too good and will last you forever. Doing a sugar/cinnamon ring around the drink rim would help the flavor a little too. Edible sugar sprinkles from hobby lobby. Grab a coupon!!

  7. #
    Miranda — September 28, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

    Um, that is definitely my kind of shake!


  8. #
    Meagan — September 30, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    well these look amazing! as i am very pregnant (19 days!!!) i won’t be enjoying these myself, but my husband and brother-in-law deserve some of this for putting up with my crazy-preggo-lady antics! :-)


  9. #
    linda — October 1, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    funny, i was just going to reference that i’m pregnant too! i’m enjoying the recipe vicariously…and boy does it taste great [in my mind!] thanks for the photos


  10. #
    Susan — October 4, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

    This is so going to be my dinner tonight, and the “magic” ingredient will be my little secret !


  11. #
    Jonnie Kay Bozarth — October 5, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    OMGness… these are FANTABULOUS!!! As soon as I saw this recipe, I had to try it. It is a beautiful, fall feeling day today and these were the perfect addition to stew for dinner. They are YUMMMMY and just hit the spot.


  12. #
    Moon T. — October 5, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    I can’t wait to make them! I love anything ‘pumpkin’…cheers!


  13. #
    Emily Suess — October 8, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Just updated my shopping list:



  14. #
    KBlue — October 10, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    This looks SO good! I definitely have to try this.


  15. #
    Dana — October 11, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    This is now officially on my list of holiday treats. It’s so nice to be a grown up, isn’t it?


  16. #
    Anne — October 12, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    LOVE this…….I think I’ll be making these for the adults at our family Pumpkin Party on Sat! :)


  17. #
    amy — October 13, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    omg, so yummy


  18. #
    Heidi — October 17, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Very nice recipe, thanks for sharing! We tried it out this weekend and used honey bourbon, and I have to say the honey, bourbon & pumpkin was a very nice mix.


  19. #
    Tourist-Trapped — October 18, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    Bless you for this!! Completely worth jogging an extra mile…or two! <3


  20. #
    Anne — October 18, 2011 @ 2:46 am

    Is the pureed pumpkin raw? I am carving pumpkins tomorrow and want to be resourceful :)


  21. #
    Suzanne — October 19, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    I’m struggling with subsituting Bourbon for something else. I’m making this for 30 people which requires that I use 5 5/8 cups of Bourbon. What do you recommend I use instead of bourbon. The recipe already calls for 15 tablespoons of vanilla extract if I make this for 30 people, so I’m not sure if I want to substitute more extract for the bourbon or not which is what some sites recommend. Any ideas. Thanks so much!


  22. #
    Sara P — October 24, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Finally a use for the bourbon that’s been collecting dust for years! Can’t wait to try this!


  23. #
    Becki Winckler — October 31, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    I’m thinking this will be my “walktail” for trick or treating tonight. Thanks for sharing!!!


  24. #
    Lindsay — November 21, 2011 @ 12:32 am

    Sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing :)

    I featured this on my blog today, feel free to stop by & grab a featured button!


  25. #
    Danguole — January 1, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh wow. This is genius!


  26. #
    jennifer hardman — July 9, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    Hi where do you get the fall color sprinkles? Thanks! jennifer


  27. #
    debbie — August 15, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    God, I love you boozer girls! lolololo


  28. #
    Jordy — August 26, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    I am not a huge fan of pumpkin – although this looks so good I am definately going to to try it. But has anyone tried it with anything other than pumpkin, like apple pie filling? I might have to make two batches tonight to compare.


  29. #
    Shannon — August 27, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    I’m not into bourbon or whiskey but my boyfriend is so I’ll definitely be making this. For me I may substitute vanilla vodka…. Or last fall I saw a pumpkin pie flavored vodka that may work better. Either way I’m excited to try it


  30. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — September 27, 2012 @ 12:54 am

    Hi there. Stopping by to take a look (a year later) because I saw this on Pinterest. Bourbon? In a nice, healthy pumpkin drink?? We put rum in ours. ;)


  31. #
    Mac — September 27, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Cut the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon per drink and use Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka instead of bourbon.


  32. #
    Sam — September 27, 2012 @ 11:50 am

    I think I would try it with coconut milk ice cream and coconut milk. Less of a science experiment in my tummy with all that dairy and alcohol.


  33. #
    Melissa — September 29, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    I don’t have any frosting. Is there any other way to get the sprinkles to stick to the glass?


  34. #
    Julie K — October 8, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    They make pumpkin pie flavored vodka so this will be a snap !!


  35. #
    Dave — October 12, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    needs more bourbon

    prehaps we just do shots and then enjoy the milkshakes.


  36. #
    Terri Anne — October 18, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Is the pureed pumpkin canned??


  37. #
    Terri Anne — October 18, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Is the pureed pumpkin canned?


    • Jessica — October 18th, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

      Yes, you can use canned!


  38. #
    Courtney — April 12, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    hey nice and as good


  39. #
    Cat — September 17, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

    mmmmmmm so good! we didnt have any pumpkin spice but its still awesome! very smooth with just one ounce of boubon.


  40. #
    lori — October 13, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

    I just made this for the first time. I think I’ll skip the graham crackers (they add a weird texture) and use less booze next time (or no booze). I did 3 oz and it’s all I can taste. But i can tell its good enough to try again! Just needs some tweaking.


  41. #
    Zab — October 14, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    I just made this in two versions (I know, I try so hard to achieve my lofty goals), one with bourbon and one with Fireball. I was kind of surprised, but I liked the cinnamon whisky a LOT more than the one with just bourbon. Both were good, but the Fireball brought out this crazy flavor depth that I wasn’t expecting. Other than that, great milkshake! Booze + ice cream = my favorite.


  42. #
    Rebecca — December 3, 2014 @ 2:59 am

    Oh you amazingly beautiful milkshake, come to me!



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