This amaro pumpkin cocktail is not quite your typical fall cocktail. It’s not laced with cinnamon or apple-based. However the unusual ingredients create a wonderfully smooth, citusy (and easy) sipper. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
It seems that each year, the pumpkin spice craze gets bigger and bigger, here in the US at least. I have to say, I do love the aroma and flavors of the warm spices typically used, but I am not such a fan of the typically sickly-sweet PSL. A sip or two is fine for me, no more.
Real pumpkin, on the other hand, is an ingredient I like to use in many ways, particularly savory, like pumpkin ravioli and Taiwanese pumpkin rice noodles. We do love out annual pumpkin pie from scratch, and a few other sweet treats as well.
Pumpkin in drinks, however, proves a little more challenging. It is often that bit thicker than other liquids you may use and so can separate out. The flavor doesn’t fit with everything, either.
This year, however, I was determined to give it a try and hit upon a winner. I drew on my recent growing appreciation of amaro and created this relatively light pumpkin cocktail.
What is amaro?
Amaro is a kind of liqueur or aperitif, traditionally made mainly in Italy but there’s a growing industry in the US these days as well. They are generally herbal in flavor and you can enjoy them to sip or mix in cocktails.
Unlike some other drinks, there isn’t a strict set of ingredients and so the flavors can vary quite a bit. Some use artichokes as the base, others Japanese rhubarb or other ingredients. But all tend to use a range of herbs to give a range of flavors.
Here I have used aveno amaro which is from Sicily and has a hint of orange in the flavor, so I have drawn on that in pairing with orange juice. The spiced whiskey adds a little extra sweetness and spice flavor, but use only a little or it can take over.
The pumpkin flavor is not so distinct, but I feel like it helps to stop the cocktail being too sweet. Plus it definitely makes it thicker which gives it an almost luscious feel.
Why the name?
Naming cocktails is something I struggle with. I mean, some are obvious because they are a flavor or slant on a classic. But this isn’t. In the end, I called this “falling for orange” given the orange flavor in there and I always think of the Italian for love “amore” when I say “amaro” so it seemed fitting.
I had a little fun with some dry ice, as you can see, when I was taking the photos. It certainly makes for a dramatic presentation, but please remember that you should always be very careful handling dry ice – use tongs and do not touch with bare skin and never drink while the dry ice is still there. Make sure it has fully evaporated and dissolved before drinking.
This amaro pumpkin cocktail is a delicious and incredibly sipable drink that’s perfect for fall. Not too sweet but with a lovely flavor and texture. It’s definitely not your PSL, but for me I would rather have this fall drink any day.
Looking for more fall cocktails? Try these:
- Cranberry whiskey sour
- Spiked mulled apple cider
- Persimmon apple cider mimosa
- Plus get more ideas in the cocktail recipes archives.
Falling for orange: amaro pumpkin cocktail
- 3 oz orange juice 90ml
- 1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1 oz amaro 30ml, I used Averna amaro which has citrus flavors
- 1/4 oz spiced whiskey 8ml
- Put all of the ingredients in a glass along with an ice cube and stir together so well mixed and slightly chilled. Strain into a whisky glass to serve.
Enjoy these #PumpkinWeek recipes from our bloggers:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Smoothie from It Bakes Me Happy
Pumpkin Hazelnut Latte from The Beard and The Baker
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate with Butterscotch Whipped Cream from Family Around the Table
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate from Blogghetti
The Best (and Easiest) Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Baking Fairy
Savory & Snack Pumpkin Recipes:
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Pumpkin & Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes from Sweet Beginnings
Pumpkin Coriander Soup from Frugal & Fit
Pumpkin Cornbread from 4 Sons R Us
Pumpkin Pasta with Brie from Food Above Gold
Pumpkin Spice Pretzels from Jen Around the World
Chai Pumpkin Cupcakes from The Crumby Kitchen
Harvest Pumpkin Layer Cake from Palatable Pastime
Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Bars from Our Good Life
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars from Everyday Eileen
Pumpkin Fluff from The Mandatory Mooch
Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea Latte Cupcakes from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Cookie Cups from Big Bear’s Wife
Pumpkin Pie Pudding from Creative Southern Home
Pumpkin Pudding Cookies from For the Love of Food
Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats from Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
Pumpkin Spice Fault Line Cake from Love & Confections
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Ice Cream from My Sweet Zepol
White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies from Cheese Curd In Paradise
Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
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