Even if you don’t feel a chill in the air or see the leaves changing color, you can always tell autumn has arrived because PSL madness returns. Hoping to capitalize on this coffee craze, bartenders are creating cocktails paying homage to Starbucks’ pumpkin-pie-in-latte-form. Here are six boozy takes on the fall favorite.
Pumpkin Pie Martini at Fog Harbor Fish House, San Francisco, California
This sweet seasonal special will give you all the fall feels. Vanilla vodka is mixed with pumpkin-spiced cream to create a velveteen sipping sensation. Crumbled speculoos cookies on the rim add just a touch of crunch. Make a reservation at Fog Harbor Fish House.
Pumpkin Spice Martini at Eden, Chicago, Illinois
Yo-ho-ho, and two bottles of rum! Goslings Black Seal and Parce fuel this fall fave. Pumpkin spice syrup in the glass and sugar-roasted pumpkin seeds on the rim add autumnal accents. Make a reservation at Eden.
Pumpkin Soufflé Martini at Sugar Factory, Arlington, Virginia
You deserve dessert and a cocktail. This two-for-one proposition gets its punch from Stoli vanilla vodka and Godiva white chocolate liqueur. Pumpkin pie spices, whipped cream, and pumpkin spice-flavored Hershey’s Kisses will give you the impression that you’re enjoying a slice of something sweet from the dessert buffet at Thanksgiving. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
The Pumpkin Patch at Alexander’s Steakhouse, San Francisco, California
There’s history in this glass. The September-minded sipper features a distilled pumpkin lager based on a recipe by Thomas Jefferson. It’s joined by applejack forged from heirloom fruit, WhistlePig barrel-aged maple syrup, Clear Creek Douglas fir brandy, and allspice dram. Make a reservation at Alexander’s Steakhouse.
Spiked Pumpkin Spice Chai at Chiya Chai, Chicago Illinois
There are more than 150 possible chai combinations here, including this one that’s awesome for autumn. Organic Nepalese tea is mixed with the usual suspects – cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves – along with some less-expected ingredients: ginger juice, ground ginger, and ground black cardamom. Then it’s spiked with vodka and served either hot or cold, depending on whether you want to cool down or warm up. Make a reservation at Chiya Chai.
Jack-O-Lantern at CityGate Grille, Naperville, Illinois
Carve out some time to really savor this spiced up libation. It’s a triple threat treat: Jack Daniel’s Fire whiskey, RumChata cream liqueur, and pumpkin liqueur. Guaranteed to jack you up in the best way possible. Make a reservation at CityGate Grille.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credit: Jayme Burrow (Fog Harbor Fish House).