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Pumpkin Cocktails

The Favorite Flavor of the Fall

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RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini

RumChata Pumpkin Pie Martini

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Pumpkin Old-Fashioned Cocktail from Finch at The Boxer

Pumpkin Old-Fashioned Cocktail

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Grey Goose L'Orange Pumpkin Carver

Grey Goose L'Orange Pumpkin Carver

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Every autumn, as innate tastes change with the season, people seek out pumpkin flavored cocktails. It is a unique flavor in a cocktail and, while not the most versatile, can be found in everything from a variety of pumpkin martinis to punches that are perfect for the holidays.

To get the pumpkin into your cocktails you have a few options including pumpkin butter, pumpkin syrup, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin puree, or pumpkin liqueur and the list below includes each. For any of these pumpkin pie spice could be lightly sprinkled on top of the drink (such as you would with nutmeg) for a seasonal garnish. Also, at the bottom you will find a few food recipes with pumpkin and liquor.

Pumpkin-flavored Cocktails:
These drinks use either fresh pumpkin (seeds or flesh) or a pumpkin butter or syrup (such as Monin), or a pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin Liquor Cocktails:
Rarely can you find a pumpkin-flavored liquor because it is a very seasonal flavor and because of this few liquor companies take on the challenge. However, a few do and some come and go rather quickly and once you find a great one, it seems to go away. An exception to this is Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, which is relatively easy to find in the fall and winter (at least as of 2009). One of my favorites is Modern Spirit's seasonal Pumpkin Pie Vodka, which is currently out of production.

Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka, seems to be one of the regulars when it comes to the seasonal offering of a pumpkin vodka, as the brand has released it two years in a row as of 2013. There may be others that come out as the dessert vodka trend continues. Search your liquor store shelves for the season's current selections as it is difficult to keep up with this tricky flavor.

Another option, with vodka at least, is to infuse your own and the Spiced Pumpkin Martini recipe below includes one method for doing this. The Great Pumpkin recipe also includes a Scotch infusion recipe.

"Spiked" Pumpkin Food Recipes:
Baking with both pumpkin and distilled spirits can create some fantastic foods and these few recipes prove that.

This collection of cocktail recipes is an ongoing project and is updated regularly.

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