Pumpkin Old Fashioned

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Bourbon and spice and everything nice, that’s what pumpkin old fashioneds are made of. I want to buy pumpkins, wreaths, and those cinnamon stick broom things that remind me of my elementary school librarian. Despite the warmer weather I am fiending for fall. Even today I was lingering in the holiday decoration section of TJ Maxx wondering longingly if I would have use for that little scarecrow wishing me a happy Thanksgiving. I was then suddenly reminded of the pumpkin spice syrup I made last year for slushies, drinks, and coffee. The realization then dawned on me- pumpkin spice syrup was made for one thing and one thing alone- a pumpkin old fashioned cocktail!!!

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Pumpkin old fashioned cocktail is packed with fall flavors and will give you all those giddy feelings in anticipation of the holiday season. Before the weather becomes too cold for my thin tropical blood I want to sit in my backyard (which I wish looked like this) sipping on a pumpkin old fashioned while watching the leaves twirl down to tiny piles on the ground. Even though I’m gushing over gourds and swooning for squash, I’ll enjoy the warmer weather this week and brace myself for a Manhattan winter.

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Pumpkin Old Fashioned

  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 2 oz Bourbon (I used Bulleit Rye)
  • Orange twist or cinnamon stick for garnish or star anise
  • 1 ice cube

Shake the bourbon and pumpkin spice syrup with ice until chilled. If you prefer to stir your cocktails, by all means, knock yourself out! Pour over a fresh ice cube. Garnish the bourbon pumpkin old fashioned with an orange twist or cinnamon stick. If you have cloves I like to stick them into the orange rind for extra aromatics sometimes. This drink is smooth and spiced and everything nice.

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