Halloween Mixology: 8 Pumpkin Cocktails
Keep the pumpkin coming all month long, with cocktails made with pumpkin
When we’re not guzzling down Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, toasting a pumpkin ale, or trying to eat pumpkin and bacon at the same time, we’re trying to figure out how to get drunk off our pumpkins. Fortunately, bars across the country are finding ways for us to do just that.
Dennis Schuler, the bar manager at Summit at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., knows a thing or two about using pumpkins in boozy concoctions. Canned pumpkin is very convenient, but the process to make the pumpkin pliant in a drink — while keeping the flavor — requires a few extra steps. How do he and his team do it to make the Smashing Pumpkins cocktail? First, he takes a can of pumpkin purée, and divides it in half.
Schuler says you can also cut a real pumpkin, scrape off the inside seeds and peel off the rind, and pop the pumpkin into a juice extractor. That makes a lighter juice to use in cocktails, like their Sparkling Summit Jack-o'-Lantern cocktail.
As for spirits, the darker ones — bourbon, rye whiskey, and others — are always a solid choice for a pumpkin cocktail, Schuler says. But don’t let the dark side take over: "we have cocktails using vodka, tequila, and rum," he adds. (And yes, there is such a thing as pumpkin margarita.) Whip these spirits up in a batch for your Halloween party — there’s no such thing as too much pumpkin this season.
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