We’re in the thick of pumpkin spice season, where everything from the beer you drink to the cookies you eat to the oil you put into your car is flavored with the oversized squash. Seriously, the auto shop down the road from me is advertising their “seasonal pumpkin spice oil change.” Funny. So why limit yourself to pumpkin beers and lattes? Why not have some pumpkin-flavored booze too?
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Sons of Liberty Pumpkin Spice Whiskey
Take your standard aged whiskey and add 32,000 pounds of pumpkin, along with some sweet orange, cinnamon, vanilla…and you get seasonal whiskey. Try a Pumpkin Old Fashioned, with 2 oz. of whiskey, some bitters and a bit of simple syrup.
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Kahlua Pumpkin Spice
The only thing better than a pumpkin spice latte? A boozy pumpkin spice latte.
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Fulton's Harvest Pumpkin Pie
Fulton's Harvest goes straight for the sweet tooth with their Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur, which is all about adding an element of creamy, brown sugar-heavy pumpkin to your drink. Add some to a cup of coffee, or mix 2 oz. (chilled) with a shot of Amaretto.
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Pumpkin Face Rum
This rum actually isn't pumpkin flavored at all; the company is just using the jackolantern because it's a "symbol of celebration all over the world." It might not taste like pumpkin, but I say you need a bottle of this on your bar this Halloween.
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Captain Morgan Jack-O'Blast
This is a new one from Captain Morgan. At just 30% ABV, it's meant to be a compliment to their spiced rum.
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Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Spirit
Great Lakes starts with Lakefront Brewery's Pumpkin Lager and distills it into a whiskey that's then aged in a combo of rum barrels, bourbon barrels, beer barrels and wine barrels.
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Spicebox Pumpkin Spiced Whiskey
This one comes from Canada, following their tradition of spicy ryes, but with big hits of vanilla and nutmeg. And pumpkin, of course.
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Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine
Corsair swears that pumpkins were used as a base vegetables for beer and moonshine back in the day, and they have historical research to back up the claim.