How to Make Pumpkin Soda

How to Make Pumpkin Soda

Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about fall and obviously I want to use them when they’re right in the peak of their season. Most people would opt for pumpkin pie, soup, or cheesecake, but the first thing I start making is pumpkin soda. Why? Because it’s what tells me ‘Fall is here’ without a shadow of a doubt. Plus, since this recipe doesn’t work as well with the canned stuff I only get this delicious soda a few times a year. Ready to make some?

There are a few different variations on this but they are also the same technique, so we’ll cover the simplest base first.

Pumpkin Soda


  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pumpkin
  • 1 Vanilla bean or 2 drops vanilla extract


Combine everything in a saucepan and simmer until it is reduce by half then strain. The resulting syrup has many uses but our main focus is going to for making soda. Luckily, it couldn’t be easier

Just take 1/4 cup of the syrup, pour into over ice, then fill with soda water. Stir a few times, and enjoy!

But if you want to be a little more creative…

We can go for a pumpkin pie soda. That’s right, I said it. How? Just by tweaking that same recipe! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup Maple syrup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 star anise pods
  • .5 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups dice pumpkin


Simply combine everything as before and reduce by half, then strain. This soda will be like nothing else you’ve ever tasted, but you can do so much more with it than just make soda. Here are a few other things that you can do:

Use as syrup on pancakes or waffles

Serve over ice cream

Make a dessert sauce

Add to coffee or hot chocolate

Keep in mind that this basic recipe can apply to virtually any flavor. One part water, one part sugar, and 1-2 parts of the main ingredient. Then simply make it as complex as you want to with spices, extracts, or even herbs and flowers. Once it is strained, you can even combine different syrups to create even more layers off flavor in your soda.

Please keep in mind that this is not the only method to make soda, but it is by far the simplest. The other method is brewing the soda (for things like root beer or ginger beer), but it requires much more effort; we’ll go through that another time. Enjoy your pumpkin soda!

The Author:

Sean P Mullen

Photo. PT

3 thoughts on “How to Make Pumpkin Soda

  1. Hi! How much syrup does this make? How many soda’s does it make? I am very excited to try making a healthier soda.

    1. Based on the given ingredients, it is difficult to determine the exact quantity of sodas that can be made. However, the amount of soda produced will depend on the serving size of each glass. To get a rough estimate, you can consider the average serving size of a soda, which is usually around 8 ounces (237 ml).

      Assuming that the recipe yields approximately 3 cups (710 ml) of pumpkin soda mixture, you could expect to make about 3-4 glasses of soda, depending on the serving size and amount poured into each glass. Keep in mind that the actual number of sodas may vary based on personal preference and the size of the glasses used.

      For the syrup, based on the given ingredients we can estimate the amount of syrup based on the measurements.

      In this recipe, you are combining 1 cup of maple syrup and 1 cup of water with other ingredients such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise pods, nutmeg, and diced pumpkin. These additional ingredients will infuse their flavors into the syrup mixture.

      Since there is an equal ratio of maple syrup to water (1:1) in this recipe, the total volume of the syrup mixture would be approximately 2 cups.

      Please note that during the cooking process, some evaporation may occur, which could slightly reduce the final volume. Additionally, the exact amount of syrup will also depend on personal preference and the desired consistency (thicker or thinner) of the syrup.

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