A Pumpkin Shortage? Good Grief!

Yes, that’s right. Pumpkin crops are down by about half this year and the harvest ended much earlier than usual. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be any jack-o-lanterns decorating millions of porches this year. What it does mean is that you should not wait to purchase any canned pumpkin you may need for those Thanksgiving pies and these delicious pumpkin cocktails! It is the sugar pumpkins, not ornamental one, that are in limited supply (heavy rains in Illinois, where 90% of the sugar pumpkin crop is grown, were the culprit). So hurry up and grab some canned pumpkin for that pumpkin puree and mix up a delicious pumpkin cocktail before it’s too late! Cheers!

Jack's Latern

Jack’s Latern

Photo Courtesy of Bill’s Bar & Burger, NYC

Jack’s Lantern

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Maple Syrup
  • 1 bar spoon Pumpkin Purée
  • dash Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 oz. Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
  • Top with Smutty Nose Pumpkin Beer (Draught)
  • Cinnamon (for Garnish)

Preparation: In a pint glass, combine all ingredients except beer. Add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice into mason jar. Top with pumpkin beer and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.


Pumpkin Rye

Pumpkin Rye

Photo Courtesy of DATZ

Pumpkin Rye

Courtesy of Morgan Zuch, DATZ, Tampa

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Pumpkin-infused Rittenhouse Rye
  • 1/2 oz. Brown Sugar Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio)
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Lemon Bitters
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers Cardamom Bitters
  • Bols Pumpkin Spice Foam*
  • Ice
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice and Cinnamon Stick (for Garnish)

Preparation: Combine rye, simple syrup, and both bitters in a mixing tin. Shake and strain into a brandy snifter. Add ice to float. Top with Bols Pumpkin Spice foam, dash of pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick.

*Pumpkin Spice Foam

Ingredients:

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 6 oz. Bols Pumpkin Spice

Preparation: Combine egg whites and Bols Pumpkin Spice together and stir. Pour into a whipped cream canister and charge with 2 CO2 cartridges. Allow to chill for at least 3 hours.


Pumpkin Caipirinha

Pumpkin Caipirinha

Photo Courtesy of Katy Adams

Pumpkin Caipirinha

Courtesy of Adrian Casbarian, Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm, Washington, D.C.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
  • 1 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Bols Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 4 Fresh Lime Wedges (Plus 1 for Garnish)

Preparation: In pint Glass, muddle limes and agave nectar. Add ice and remaining ingredients. Shake and strain into a glass. Fill with ice from shaker. Garnish with lime wedge.


Pumpkin Smash

Pumpkin Smash

Photo Courtesy of John O’Donnell, CRUSH at MGM Grand Las Vegas

Pumpkin Smash

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Stoli Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/4 oz. Frangelico
  • 1/4 oz. Half & Half
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Pumpkin Puree
  • Cinnamon Rim and Cinnamon Stick (for Garnish)

Preparation: Shake and strain. Garnish with a cinnamon rim and cinnamon stick.


L'Orange Enchante

L’Orange Enchante

Photo Courtesy of Grey Goose

L’orange Enchante

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 part Grey Goose L’Orange
  • 3/4 parts Spicy Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 parts Lemonade
  • Pumpkin Spice and Burnt Orange (for Garnish)

Preparation: Build all the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a pinch of pumpkin spice and a burnt orange.