Pumpkin Flip

I never get sick of pumpkin-flavored everything. My new favorite is this pumpkiny bourbon cocktail I made with Savvy Housekeeping. It’s light and fluffy while being bold and spicy at the same time. It’s the perfect special-treat cocktail for all of autumn. Whether you have leftover pumpkins from Halloween or just want a Thanksgiving cocktail, this one will do the trick!

We used St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, but you could also make it with homemade allspice dram. (I used up all my DIY allspice dram on Tiki creations already!) For the pumpkin puree, you can use the canned variety (just be sure it’s not flavored at all) or make your own fresh pumpkin puree. If you’re concerned about using raw egg whites, you can use pasteurized egg whites. However, we used fresh eggs straight from the Savvy Housekeeping chicken coop!

Pumpkin Flip
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce allspice liqueur
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1 egg white
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

Pour the bourbon, liqueur, simple syrup, puree, lemon juice, and egg white into a shaker without ice and shake hard for about 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again for about 1 minute. Ice will build up on the outside of the shaker if you’ve done it right, so you’ll need to cover the shaker with a tea towel first so your hands won’t get too cold. Crack the shaker open and pour out the drink through the gap. Top with bitters.

Halloween Cocktails and Punch

Full Moon Punch from Chow

There are plenty of Halloween cocktails and punches that basically taste like candy with sugar on top. Nothing wrong with that, if it’s your jam, but it’s a little harder to find drink recipes for a Halloween party that are more like what you’d order in a bar. Here are some cocktail and punch recipes that keep it spooky without a ton of sugar, artificial coloring, and syrupy liqueurs.

Satan’s Whiskers ~ Sure, it’s all orange and fall looking. But it’s also evil. Evil, I say! Gin, sweet and dry vermouth, orange juice, Grand Marnier, and some orange bitters make for a tasty drink.

The Obituary Cocktail ~ This one is basically a gin martini with a little absinthe. Sounds good doesn’t it? If you use absinthe that’s green, it gives the drink a little bit of a zombie-skin/monster hue.

Great Pumpkin ~ This creamy drink is made with pumpkin ale, applejack, and rye along with an egg and maple syrup. So even if the Great Pumpkin doesn’t appear in your pumpkin patch this year, you won’t mind.

Flaming Tiki Pumpkin Punch ~ A rummy, spiced, Tiki creation served in a pumpkin and then set ablaze? OK, that sounds like a good way to celebrate Halloween.

Full Moon Punch ~ Blood red punch with a little sweetness and spice … and a lot of kick. Sure, it’s spooky. But it’s also a good way to use homemade falernum.