Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

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Halloween’s almost here and right now it’s all pumpkin everything in my house. I’m drinking my pumpkin coffee in the mornings, I’m buying the entire shelf of Pumpkin butter from Trader Joes, and when my inner fat person wins it’s daily battle I’m usually at Dunkins buying some pumpkin donuts. It can be a bit overwhelming but it’s really only about 3 months of crazy so you’ve got to take advantage while you can right?
So with all the spooky cocktails floating around the internet I thought it would be nice to share something perfect for the season that wasn’t just your typical gimmicky Halloween cocktail. It’s got every flavor you would want this time of year, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course the important stuff the bourbon. It makes a great weekend sipper, but could be made for any Halloween parties you’ve got coming up.
Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider
Created by Larry Piaskowy (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • ¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ part Sweet Vermouth
  • ¼ tsp. Superfine Sugar
  • ¾ part Pumpkin Puree
  • 6 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 parts Dry Hard Cider
  • 1 piece of Fresh Nutmeg (for garnish)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)
Combine pumpkin puree, superfine sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters and lemon juice into a mixing glass. Stir until sugar is nearly dissolved. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with dry hard cider. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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