Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall Cocktail Recipes - Bourbon and Pumpkin

Fall is here and it's time for everyone else, especially your aunts and uncles (not sure why that is) to start telling you about how great bourbon is in seasonal cocktail.  Whether it's the weather or flavor, autumn seems to bring out the bourbon lover in everyone.

Here at A.B.S. we're always into bourbon cocktails, so we've culled the internet to bring you some of our favorites.  Check out these special cocktail recipes after the jump, and please let us know what you think of these.

Bourbon Pumpkin

This is the perfect drink for the guy who wants to help his guests lighten up, but doesn’t want to spend a lot of time making frou-frou drinks.

  1. Carve pumpkin faces into the olives.
  2. Mix all ingredients save for the ginger ale and olives with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour into a highball glass.
  4. Top up with ginger ale. Don’t forget to add the olive garnish.

Top Pumpkin Cocktail: Smashing Pumpkin
Having nothing to do with the 90's grunge band,  the Smashing Pumpkin from Summit at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is made by lead bartender Robert Leavey and it’s always a hit among patrons. 

  • 1 ½ oz. Bourbon (We used Maker’s Mark Bourbon)
  • 1 oz. Pumpkin puree
  • 3 segments Tangerine with peel
  • ½ oz. Grand Marnier
  • ½ oz. Brown sugar simple syrup
  • Nutmeg


  1. Make brown sugar simple syrup by mixing two parts brown sugar with one part water
  2. Bring to a boil and then let cool down before mixing into drink
  3. Muddle tangerine pieces in glass with brown sugar simple syrup
  4. Add remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake
  5. Garnish with nutmeg

Bourbon Hot Toddy

Bourbon, spiced and sugared, takes center-stage in this cold weather cocktail


  • 1 1/3 ounce(s) George Dickel bourbon
  • 1 teaspon (s) fine grain sugar
  • 2 small cloves
  • 1 1/2 ounce(s) boiling water


  1. Add George Dickel, fine grain sugar and cloves in old fashioned glass or mug
  2. Add 1-2oz. (or more if desired) boiling water and stir

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