When September hits, we all lose our minds over Halloween decorations, scary movie marathons, and of course PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING. I fall into the hysteria just as much as the next person, but where I really go ham on pumpkin flavored goods is in the beer aisle. I love trying all the new pumpkin ales and Octoberfest brews that hit the shelves this time of year. I’m always on the hunt to find new favorites, ways to bake or cook with them in fall recipes, and of course.. creating deliciously strong cocktails out of them!
The Harvest Pumpkin Beer Cocktail is like your cold, refreshing, boozy version of the pumpkin spice latte… except no caffeine buzz, just more of an actual buzz. A shot of rum offers notes of vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon and really brings out the flavors of pumpkin and spices brewed right into the beer. Add a sugar and spice rim for a little sweetness and you’ve got yourself the perfect drink to celebrate the beginning of fall!
(makes 1 cocktail)
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
1oz Sailor Jerry Rum
1 (12oz) bottle of your favorite pumpkin beer (I like Blue Moon’s Harvest Pumpkin Wheat)
Cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)
*If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand you can substitute with ground cinnamon instead.
On a small plate, combine sugar and pumpkin pie spice until mixed. Dip the edge of a large glass in water or run a small dab of honey around the rim. Next you’ll dip the rim into the sugar and spice mix until edges are completely coated.
Fill the glass with ice and add the shot of rum. Then you’ll slowly pour in the beer, give it a light stir, garnish, and serve!