Here at DEQonline’s main office, the leaves have already started to change. The mountains of West Virginia are slowly turning into a colorful array of reds, yellows, and oranges. And when the wind blows just right, it feels like a starburst of fall has exploded overhead, casting beautiful and feather-light leaves around us.

With the coming of autumn, there are two, or three, themes that have already begun to resurface: hoodie weather, Halloween, and Pumpkin Spice. In today’s post, we thought we’d join the conversation and present you with five Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice inspired cocktails.

Benefits of Offering Pumpkin Flavored Drinks

Before we talk recipes, let’s talk about the benefits of having Pumpkin flavored drinks at your bar, restaurant, and food establishment. While beer sales increase in early fall and wine sales skyrocket in late fall, cocktail sales are consistent throughout the year. They provide a consistent source of revenue and are a customer favorite.

A second benefit to offering pumpkin flavored drinks is how excited your customers will become. If there’s anything customers are passionate about, it’s pumpkin spice. It’s become a once-a-year national tradition that sparks a sense of nostalgia and comfort while generating the excitement of a new menu item. It has the ability to pull customers in that wouldn’t normally stop at your establishment – drawing pumpkin lovers from all different walks of life to your restaurant or bar.

Also, by offering it seasonally, it increases sales. People will push themselves to order it while it’s available. They don’t want to wait a whole year to try it! And, by offering it year by year, you can create a “fan base” that will keep coming back for your specialty drinks.

Top 5 Pumpkin Inspired Beverages

Okay, now that we know why you should jump onto the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon (even if it’s not your personal favorite – which we’re not sure is possible— your customers will thank you for it through increased sales), let’s take a look at five easy to make drinks that are considered fall favorites.

1) Pumpkin Martini

This pumpkin flavored martini makes the perfect bitter sweet drink. While keeping a slightly bitter taste that accompanies a traditional martini, the pumpkin spice syrup, heavy whipping cream, whipped whipping cream, and cinnamon give it a sweet, almost dessert like flavor.

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It calls for 1 fluid ounce of heavy whipping cream, 1 fluid ounce of spiced rum, ½ fluid ounce pumpkin spice syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon, and whipped whipping cream. These combine to make 1-2 servings, so you will have to increase it for restaurant and bar applications. To see full instructions, check out Food.com.

2) Pumpkin Spice Margarita

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Providing customers with a sweet and sour taste, this Pumpkin Spice Margarita has the alcohol taste that a traditional Margarita has with the benefit of an added sweet, pumpkin taste. Its ingredients include: tequila, cream, pumpkin spice syrup, simple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Adding extra cinnamon to the rim of glasses adds an attractive decorative touch. For full details, scroll through Town and Country’s 45 Autumnal Cocktails Perfect for Crisp Days of Fall.

3) Pumpkin White Russian

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Easy to make, this Pumpkin White Russian tastes deliciously complicated with a mix of flavors and tastes. Its ingredients include pumpkin spice Kahlua, vodka, and heavy cream. That’s it. You can add fall-colored sprinkles and sugar for added taste and texture. Specifically, add sprinkles and sugar to the rim of rock glasses for an extra fall-festive appearance.

4) Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

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This drink calls for Bailey’s pumpkin spice, spiced rum, vanilla ice cream, cola, and mint. It has a sweet, refreshing taste, making it perfect for an after meal drink. It’s served best in a highball glass, topped with cola and garnished with mint. The full details can be found on Town and Country.

5) Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

One of our personal favorites – It combines pumpkin with hot chocolate! – this delicious drink is great for warming customers on cool autumn days. It has a sweet taste, perfect for customers who don’t normally like the strong, bitter taste of alcohol.

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Calling for the most ingredients of all our pumpkin-inspired drinks, its ingredients include: Kahlúa pumpkin spice liqueur, whole milk, granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. Add an optional topping for added flavor, texture, and appearance with whipped cream marshmallows, shaved chocolate, and pumpkin spice. For more instructions and details about this delicious drink, please see Home Cooking Memories. Remember though that their recipe is for in-home kitchens, so ingredients will need to be multiplied according to your bar or restaurant’s needs.

Let Us Know Your Favorite

Fall is one of the best times of the year. Its unique drinks, tastes, and flavors are just one thing that makes it great. You can give these alcoholic beverages and more to your customers with these five simple pumpkin-inspired drinks and by using our handy Deluxe Bar Kits.

Let us know your favorite drinks for autumn and whether you like these drinks or not in the comments below!

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