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The pumpkin fever is an easy-to-make dessert cocktail that is filled with flavor and has a delightful, creamy mouthfeel. It is an ideal drink when you get those autumn cravings for all things pumpkin.
The recipe's two spirits add all of the seasonal flavors: Bols Pumpkin Spice has a sweet and spicy pumpkin and Sailor Jerry's brings in a tingling spiced rum taste. When the two come together, you get the taste of a very spicy pumpkin pie, though the milk and cream tame that down a bit and make the drink silky and smooth.
You'll find it to be a well-balanced, delicious drink and ideal for dinner parties. However, it may not be the best pairing for pumpkin pie. That might be a bit too much, even for the most die-hard pumpkin lover!
- 2 ounces pumpkin liqueur (Bols Pumpkin Spice)
- 1 ounce Spiced Rum (Sailor Jerry)
- 1/4 ounce cream
- 1/4 ounce milk
- Garnish: dash ground cinnamon
- Garnish: sugar (for rimming)
If desired, rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the ingredients.
Shake well to ensure the dairy is fully mixed into the drink.
Strain into the prepared glass.
Sprinkle with a freshly ground cinnamon garnish.
This recipe was created by Sailor Jerry Rum, so it's only natural that it is the recommended spiced rum for the pumpkin fever. It is a very good choice, though almost any spiced rum will make a fine substitute.
If you prefer, an aged rum can be used if you don't like the extra spices. For some drinkers, it can cause stomach issues as well. Pouring an aged rum will give the drink a nice depth of flavor and allow the pumpkin liqueur to take over for the missing spices.
The Pumpkin Liqueur
Pumpkin liqueurs can be tricky. It's a very seasonal liqueur and one that many liquor companies choose to avoid, despite its popularity. However, Bols Pumpkin Spice has been available for a number of years and it is one of the best options on the market. It tends to start appearing on liquor store shelves in September and generally sticks around through the winter holidays.
As an alternative to a liqueur, you can use a pumpkin spice syrup. It is typically easier to find in the coffee sweetener section of larger grocery stores during the autumn months because it's the key ingredient for pumpkin spiced lattes. It may be a little sweeter than a liqueur, though, so consider pouring just 1/2 to 3/4 ounce in the pumpkin fever.
You'll notice that the recipe calls for two dairy products. Cream is very heavy and thick while milk is relatively thin, so they balance out the cocktail's texture. You can replace these two ingredients with 1/2 ounce half and half (half cream and half milk) without altering the drink.
Cinnamon is a natural complement to the flavor of pumpkin and it's a perfect garnish. Instead of grated cinnamon, you can also lay a whole cinnamon stick in the glass for a nice presentation. Also, mixing ground cinnamon into the sugar is a great way to upgrade the sweetened rim, if you choose to go that route.