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Local Libations: Post Thanksgiving Nog

2010 November 27

by Kat DurantPumpkin Nog Ingredients

Happy post Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you are recovering from your family and festivities.  I’m enjoying a relaxing weekend in a geodesic dome in Idyllwild, CA with 15 of my closest friends.  It’s a bit chilly up here, at least by San Diego standards, and I’d originally had visions of a rye hot toddy to keep the chill at bay. Surprise surprise, my friend Rene was already cooking something up – Thanksgiving Nog! She found this recipe in a book called Raising the Bar.

This drink is a great way to use any leftover canned pumpkin from Thanksgiving. Drinkers beware – it’s a strong one that will thicken the blood and keep you warm this holiday season!  Creamy and smooth with a spicy kick, you could almost eat it with a spoon.

After our Thanksgiving holiday break Recipe Relay will return to our regularly scheduled postings (Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday).  Brianna is back from a Costa Rican sustainable living adventure with a new recipe. Don’t miss it!

Making Pumpkin Nog

Post Thanksgiving Nog

Prep time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 servings (invite your friends!)

Tools: cooking pot, ladle, measuring cup, mugs, can opener


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 cup dark brandy or rum
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • cinnamon sticks

Cooking Directions

  1. Stir together the water, milk, sugar, molasses, vanilla and spices in a large pot.
  2. Simmer the mixture on low until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 min.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin and continue to simmer for about 15 min or until hot.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the rum.
  5. Ladle into mugs.
  6. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
  7. Bottoms up!

Pumpkin Nog

  • Katherine Bynon

    Had leftover pumpkin puree and malted barley. Yep, this could be dessert! Yummmmmm!!!!!

  • Andrew States

    Hey Kat! This sounds amazing. I’m taking this one home to Colorado to impress my family for Christmas. They’re a bunch of boozers. Happy Thanksgiving.