Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

So, I made this bourbon pumpkin pie to be the grand finale of our first annual “Neighborsgiving” last week.  But like just about everything else that night, it didn’t quite go according to plan.

Let me back up.

As many of you may know, my neighbors in downtown Kansas City have been meeting together for our Neighbor Nights for a little over two years now.  But being the wonderfully disorganized crew that we are, we have never quite gotten our act together to plan something together for Thanksgiving…until this year.  We all love Thanksgiving, and love our neighbors, and we definitely love to eat together.  So it seemed only natural that we get this Neighborsgiving started!  I volunteered to cook a big turkey, and everyone rsvp-ed with an impressive array of classic Thanksgiving recipes that they planned to bring.

Well, to make a long story short, the turkey did not happen (I went out to buy it the night before, conveniently forgetting about — you know — that small fact that frozen turkeys take days to thaw).  But my neighbor, John, volunteered to instead make a few beer can chickens, but those also did not happen (due to an exploding empty Pyrex dish that he set in the oven to catch the juices — oops!).  Then he went to Costco to pick up a bunch of rotisserie chickens to feed 40+ people, but only two of those happened (because guess what night Costco conveniently ran out of chicken?!).  Add to that about 5 other dishes people planned to make which did not happen (long work hours and botched recipes), some cute Pinterest-y table decor that didn’t happen (a neighbor ran out of time), and this amazing bourbon pumpkin pie that didn’t happen (because guess who completely forgot about it in the fridge), and well, you get the idea.  Nothing quite went according to plan.

But you know what did happen?!?

We had the BEST time.

neighbor night

Seriously, if I have learned anything about entertaining over the years, it’s that perfection is so overrated.  Entertaining is about the people.

And when you get a great group of people together, great memories are bound to be made.  And often, any seeming “imperfections” are what make time together all the more perfect.

For example, the big buckets of fried chicken that John picked up from Popeye’s after coming up short at Costco?!  Pretty sure they were the hit of the night.  The sweet potato casserole that my neighbor, Cynthia, ran out of time to make?  Well, her improvised sweet potato “stacks” were one of the most delicious and creative sweet potato dishes I’ve ever had.  And all of that Pinterest-perfect decor and tablescape that we ran out of time to make?  Well, we literally ran out of room on the countertops and the table because there was so much food, which we all happily devoured.

It was awesome.  And it made me so thankful yet again for this eclectic community of neighbors who have turned into friends.  I love this crazy thing that we have together, and wouldn’t have wanted the night to go any other way.

Although, I will say that we missed out on this bourbon pumpkin pie… :)

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

Heck yes!  It may look like a traditional pumpkin pie, but there’s a nice splash of bourbon in there.  (And in the whipped cream on top!)  And if you happen to like bourbon and pumpkin pie, I highly recommend you give it a try because it’s also super easy to make.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

Just whip up traditional pumpkin pie batter and add in two tablespoons of bourbon.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

Then pour the filling into an unbaked pie crust.  (If you need a recipe or tutorial, here’s my post on how to make a pie crust.)

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

Then bake it up just as you would a traditional pumpkin pie.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

Let it cool.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

And then dive in!

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

Oh, and I highly recommend making a batch of homemade bourbon whipped cream to pile on top.  You won’t regret it.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

This bourbon pumpkin pie recipe is simple to make, and topped with a stellar bourbon whipped cream.


Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (*or see substitute below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15-ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (12-ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust (see recipe/tutorial here for how to make a pie crust)
  • (optional) bourbon whipped cream, recipe below

Bourbon Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


To Make The Bourbon Pumpkin Pie:

Preheat oven to 425° F.

Whisk together sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl, and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and the pumpkin until combined.  Whisk in the sugar-spice mixture until combined.  Then gradually stir in the evaporated milk and bourbon until combined.  Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie shell.

Bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce temperature to 350° F, and bake for an additional 40 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Cool on wire rack for 2 hours, then refrigerate until ready to serve.  (The pie will slice easier if chilled.)

Serve with bourbon whipped cream or your desired toppings.

To Make The Bourbon Whipped Cream:

Using an electric mixer, beat all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until the cream is whipped and forms soft peaks.  Serve, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

*If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, pinch of allspice

Pumpkin pie recipe adapted from Libby's.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | #thanksgiving

Leave a Comment:


  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 26, 2014 @ 5:18 am (#)

    Definitely my kind of pie! This is a beaut!

  2. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — November 26, 2014 @ 5:28 am (#)

    “Entertaining is all about the people.”  Nothing could be more true! It sounds like a fabulous night celebrating friendship.  And this pie sounds divine! My husband is obsessed with bourbon so I really need to make this for him.  

    P.S. I think you forgot to link to your pie crust. :)  It looks so perfect, by the way!

  3. Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife — November 26, 2014 @ 8:13 am (#)

    This looks incredible! I can already tell it’s going to be a family fav!

  4. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — November 26, 2014 @ 8:15 am (#)

    Beautiful pie, Ali! Love your crust edge! So pretty! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Annie @Maebells — November 26, 2014 @ 10:01 am (#)

    What a fun turn of events! Sometimes the nights that never work out are the most memorable!

  6. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl — November 26, 2014 @ 11:47 am (#)

    LOVE the bourbon and love the baby in the background! ;)

  7. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — November 26, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    The pie looks REALLY creamy. But I am loving the bourbon in the filling and then you slipped into the whipped cream. That is toooooo out of sight. I am lovin’ the idea.

  8. Mary Frances — November 26, 2014 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    What a gorgeous pie! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Kathryne — November 26, 2014 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    This looks like my kind of pie and my kind of friendsgiving! Love that you guys made the best of it all. Happy Thanksgiving, pal!

  10. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — November 26, 2014 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    perfection IS overrated! – looks like you all had a great time! too bad about the pie though, because it looks fantastic!

  11. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 26, 2014 @ 3:00 pm (#)

    I was just having almost an identical conversation with a friend. “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” <– one of my favorite mottos. For example, for our recent family photo shoot I spent weeks getting coordinating outfits, sweaters, shoes, etc. only to discover it was a blizzard and we would be in coats and boots and hats (none of which we had purchased yet for the boys) so we scrambled in the basement to find hand me down outfits 30 minutes before the shoot. Well guess what, it worked out and I think our winter wonderland was perfectly unplanned. :) PS: I want to be your neighbor. PPS: I want this pie. PPPS: That whipped cream is so WHITE. Gorg.

  12. dana — November 26, 2014 @ 3:00 pm (#)

    WANT. Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

  13. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 26, 2014 @ 3:09 pm (#)

    I love pumpkin pie, love the bourbon twist on this!

  14. Amanda — November 26, 2014 @ 5:13 pm (#)

    This pie looks delicious and  Neighborsgiving  sounds like an amazingly good time!!!

  15. Eric @ Pumpkin Pie Lover — November 27, 2014 @ 3:14 am (#)

    I love this time of the year because it’s pumpkin pie time :) Love the twist with the bourbon pumpkin pie, it’s my type of pie . Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! 

  16. Sapphire cake — November 19, 2015 @ 2:55 pm (#)

    I love this recipe it’s so simple and delicious. I’m making it for thanksgiving  this year.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 20th, 2015 @ 10:21 am

      Thanks Sapphire, we hope you enjoy, and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!