I claim to like autumn, but the truth is I'd be perfectly happy with a dozen Julys a year. After a snowy October weekend of hermitism and the accidental introspection that creeps up on you after the seventh whiskey-and-I-think-there's-some-Sprite-in-there-or-maybe-sour-cream, I've come to the conclusion that I've never really liked the changing of the seasons except when they change into summer. I think I just say I like fall because so many of the rest of you do and I don't want to look like a grump all the time.
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Your costume's ready, down to the fake blood and creepy contact lenses—but if your Halloween party doesn't include a pumpkin cocktail, it's really not complete. We asked a few of our favorite bartenders, including Jessica Gonzalez of Death & Co. in New York, Rhiannon Enlil of Cure in New Orleans, and Adam Robinson of The Bent Brick in Portland, OR, to help us out with a few delicious pumpkin-spiked drinks to help you celebrate. Check out the drinks (and get the recipes) in the slideshow.
This creamy, pumpkiny cocktail from Jim Meehan of PDT captures rich fall flavors. Be sure to shake for a long time for a good foam, and don't skip the freshly grated nutmeg.
Brown ale adds a grainy richness to this lightly spiced fall cocktail from Adam Robinson of The Bent Brick in Portland, OR.
This recipe is adapted from one by by Rhiannon Enlil of Cure in New Orleans.
Bourbon and sherry make for a savory, spicy fall cocktail from Jessica Gonzalez of Death & Co. in New York.
Whether you use butternut squash or pumpkin for this cocktail from Sother Teague of Amor Y Amargo in NYC, it's a zesty, warming drink, perfect for a cool night.