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The Flavors of Fall

When life hands you pumpkins…..make a fun autumn cocktail. After all, pumpkin, apples, spice, and everything nice, that is what the flavors of fall are made of! Apple or cinnamon whiskey, ginger or salted caramel liqueur, or warm vanilla bourbon are just a few of the many flavors you can explore. The possibilities for creating fun fall cocktails are limited only by your imagination!

This Season's Flavors

When the autumn air is filled with the crisp scent of the changing season, the chill in the evening air is the perfect time to turn to fall cocktails that will warm you up. Pumpkin, apple, and a variety of spice flavors can be combined with brown spirits, cider, or hot cocoa to create cocktails that will pair perfectly with sweaters, football, and fireside celebrations.

Brown spirits tend to take center stage in the fall. Rum, bourbon, whiskey, and cognac are enjoyed on their own or as favored base ingredients for cocktails. However, whether developing seasonal cocktail menus for on-premise or recommending spirits to recommend to off-premise customers, don’t forget that this is the perfect time to introduce bitter liqueurs to traditional fall flavors. While many European countries have long appreciated bitter flavor profiles, the trend away from sweet, toward bitter, is becoming popular in the United States and is expected to continue to grow.

Spiced Pumpkin Flip

This seasonal riff on the classic Flip features pumpkin flavor in two forms. The recipe below is the perfect nod to autumn and the warm, smooth tastes it embodies. In addition to the Spiced Pumpkin Flip recipe below, try adding peppermint schnapps to a cup of hot chocolate, or bourbon and apple brandy to apple cider.


  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 2 oz pumpkin ale
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin butter
  • 1 whole egg
  • garnish: grated nutmeg


Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry-shake until combined. Add ice and shake very hard until chilled and frothy. Strain into a rocks glass. Top with grated nutmeg.