So we’ve made it through the month of October where (the New Yorkers among us have never seen so much rain this side of the Atlantic) and are braving ourselves for the blizzards and snowstorms that lie ahead. Wonderful. Not quite the romantic scene Fairytale in New York paints it when you’re dodging avenues and using your umbrella as a blizzard shield in an unlikely stance we learned from watching too many Captain America shows.
We all know that the only thing getting us through this winter season is some hearty mulled wine, some pumpkin spiked lattes and a good season of something juicy on Netflix. No, not chestnut’s roasting on an open fire, unless they’re soaked in booze. Let’s be real.
So here are 5 Pumpkin Cocktail Recipes to make use of the Hallowe’en leftovers and save yourself some room in the trash can.
PUMPKIN AND APPLE CIDER FIZZ
It’s like pumpkin pie in liquid form, and you won’t OD on sugary sweetness.INGREDIENTS
- 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin puree (canned or homemade*)
- 1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
- 2 oz. apple cider
- 1 1/2 oz. ginger beer
NOTES*To make pumpkin puree: Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut a pie pumpkin in half and scoop out seeds and strands. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 30 – 40 minutes. The texture of the pumpkin flesh should be soft when pierced with a fork. Let cool a bit. Scoop flesh into a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka and apple cider. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice and top off with ginger beer.
Take your shots like the classy, grown-ass woman you are: from mason jars rimmed with graham crackers. Adulting is fun!Ingredients
- 3 Tbsp pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 2 oz whipped cream vodka
- Marshmallow fluff (opt)
- Graham cracker crumbs (opt)
- Dip the top of your shot glasses in marshmallow fluff until the rim is coated.
- Dip the coated rim in graham cracker crumbs until marshmallow fluff is completely covered.
- Add the pumpkin puree, creamer, vanilla and whipped cream vodka to your blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour pumpkin pie shots into graham craker rimmed shot glasses.
- Serve and enjoy!
Bring a summer classic into fall! Start with apple cider, mix in pumpkin beer, add a little extra pumpkin seasoning, and garnish with a seasonal apple slide.
- 3 ounces apple cider
- Juice of 1/2 an orange
- 3 ounces pumpkin beer
- Sliced apples and/or oranges
- Fill a glass with ice, top with apple cider and juice of the orange. Top with pumpkin beer.
- Serve immediately.
4. PUMPKIN PIE MARTINI
Not a martini fan? The graham cracker-cinnamon-sugar coated rim on this fancy cocktail might be just what converts you.Ingredients
- 2 Oz. Pumpkin Spice Vodka
- 1 Oz. Dark Rum
- ½ Oz. Half and Half
- 2 TBS Pumpkin Puree (canned or homemade)
- 1 Oz. Maple Syrup
- ¼ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 3 Ice Cubes
- Maple Syrup
- 1 Graham Cracker
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 TBS Granulated Sugar
- Cinnamon Stick
- For the Garnish: Crush graham cracker in a Ziploc bag, or food processor, or food processor until it resembles sand. Stir in the cinnamon and sugar. Line the rim of a martini glass with maple syrup (I used a thick napkin to apply syrup). Dip/roll in the cracker mix. Set aside.
- For the Martini: In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice and remaining cocktail ingredients. Shake vigorously until shaker chilled to the touch.
- Strain and pour cocktail into the prepared martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Enjoy!
Leave the candy stash to the kids — this cocktail has all the sweetness you’re craving. That’s thanks to a mix of white chocolate, milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and Kahlúa or bourbon, plus whipped cream and caramel on top.Ingredients
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (or chopped)
- 2.5 cups milk (I used 2%)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 ounce Kahlua or 1/2 ounce Bourbon
- whipped cream and caramel for topping (optional)
- In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the milk, whisking often (about 3 minutes).
- Once melted, add the rest of the milk, the pumpkin and the pumpkin pie spice and stir vigorously to incorporate.
- Pour a small amount of the hot chocolate into two serving glasses, add one ounce of Kahlua OR one-half ounce of bourbon (bourbon is much stronger in taste). Top off with hot chocolate, stir and then top with whipped cream, caramel sauce and more pumpkin pie spice (optional).
We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of cocktails! To see more pictures and information about them click on the header and it will bring you right to the recipe page! You stay classy San Diego.