Mixologist: Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

This cocktail (courtesy of Larry Piaskowy from San Francisco) easily becomes punch, so keep it in mind for your next Halloween bash. For the cider, we recommend Pommies.


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 bourbon and ice. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with dry hard cider. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

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