Pumpkin Cocktails for a Spirited Thanksgiving

November 25, 2013 | by Simona Rabinovitch | Food & Drink News

Pumpkin cocktail
The Atlantico Pumpkin Pie cocktail combines rum, pumpkin, simple syrup, and half and half. 

Pumpkin nearly trumps turkey in being synonymous with Thanksgiving. And while pie is the obvious route, a pumpkin cocktail is a delicious and fun way to switch up the cocktail service at your holiday celebration. Get your Thanksgiving festivities started a wee bit early and dry run these pumpkin-flavored cocktail recipes this weekend.

Drunken Pumpkin Pie
Served at the Bar at Clement at The Peninsula New York. 700 5th Ave. 

2 ounces Stoli Vanilla
1 ounce Kahlua
3/4 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/4 ounce cinnamon simple syrup
Graham cracker crumbs

Add first four ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with additional simple syrup and graham cracker crumbs.

Atlantico Pumpkin Pie

2 ounces Atlantico Reserva Rum

1 ounce pumpkin pie filling

1 ounce half and half

1/2 ounce simple syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass. Cinnamon stick garnish. 

Pumpkin Spice Margarita

2 ounces 1800 Tequila
2 ounces pumpkin simple syrup*
1/2 ounce orange liqueur
Juice of half a lime

*For the pumpkin simple syrup:
1 can pumpkin purée
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
2 cups water

First, make the pumpkin simple syrup: combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Stir for 20 minutes, remove from heat, cool, and strain. Add syrup, tequila, liqueur, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in a Margarita glass rimmed with sugar. Apple wedge garnish. 

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