We’ve reached the peak of October and you know what that means: everyone is going crazy about pumpkins. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes, the squash is everywhere this season.
However, there’s a much more exciting way to consume the autumnal fruit. You guessed it: in a cocktail. While we still love other seasonal ingredients such as apples, cranberries, and pears, pumpkin adds a sweet and earthy flavor that’s unique and unexpected.
If you, too, can’t get enough of pumpkins, you won’t want to miss whipping up one of the following five cocktails. They’re equally perfect for unwinding by the fire or pairing with a warm and hearty meal.
Pumpkin Old Fashioned
If you’re hesitant to work squash into your cocktail regimen, the Pumpkin Old Fashioned is a good place to start. This updated version of a classic includes pumpkin puree and ginger snap liqueur for an adult rendition of a cookie. See recipe
Who doesn’t love a hot toddy when the weather cools down? This autumn-ready concoction swaps honey for maple syrup, while adding apple brandy and pumpkin puree. This cocktail is so cozy, you’ll never want to say goodbye to the season. See recipe
Spiced Pumpkin Shrub
While whiskey seems to the rule cocktail creations in the fall, there’s still plenty to be had for vodka lovers. This recipe calls for a homemade syrup of pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar. The mixture blends perfectly with vodka and ginger ale for a sip that’s sweet and spicy. See recipe
Spiced Pumpkin Punch
If you’re searching for a simple and festive recipe to serve a large crowd, look no further than this Pumpkin Punch. Spiced rum and spiced demerara syrup deliver a double whammy of autumnal flavor. Pro tip: Wow guests at a Halloween party by using dry ice for a spooky effect. See recipe
Fireball Pumpkin Pie Shots
Pack a punch to your dessert with these whiskey-based creations. Made with Fireball, pudding mix, milk, and whipped cream, these sweet treats are easy and delicious. The recipe can be crafted into a creamy mousse or frozen into boozy popsicles. These can also made days ahead of serving, making them a stress-free dessert to dole out after Thanksgiving dinner. See recipe
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This article was originally published as a guest post on Garnish