Pumpkin cocktail recipes from Salt and 12th Ave Grill

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Pumpkin cocktails at Salt Bar & Kitchen

Things are coming together nicely.

Your kick-ass Halloween favors are in a box by the door. Your Duck Dynasty costume is hanging in the closet. And the ingredients for your famous pumpkin cocktails are…

What do you mean you don't have any pumpkin-flavored cocktails?

Lucky for you, Salt Bar & Kitchen and 12th Ave Grill are offering up their own scrumptious drink recipes, both filled with the soothing fall flavors of pumpkin and warm baking spices. Either one is bound to raise all sorts of spirits at your soirée.

1// Pumpkin Spiced Cocktail
Created by Michael Sweitzer, Lead Bartender, Salt Bar & Kitchen

1 oz. pumpkin pie purée*
1.5 oz. rum
.5 oz. Benedictine
1 egg white
.5 oz. heavy cream

"Shake the hell out of it, fine strain, then fresh grate nutmeg on top."

*Salt makes the purée in house with roasted pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon and allspice.

2// Jolly Pumpkin
Created by Mike Hall, Bar Manager, 12th Ave Grill

Orgeat, or almond, syrup
Pumpkin purée
Heavy pinch of cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon

Simmer to reduce, then cool. Make the base just before the cocktail.

2 parts pumpkin spice base (above)
1 1/2 parts Rittenhouse Rye whiskey
1 part rhum agricole
Dash of Mike's secret bitters (substitute with allspice dram and Angostura bitters)

Pour 3.5 oz. of the mixture in a shaker with ice, give a quick, hard shake, then double strain into a coupe glass. Top with ground cinnamon.

Not up to mixing these drinks yourself? Order them at the bar for $10 each. Salt Bar & Kitchen, 3605 Waialae Ave., SaltHonolulu.com, and 12th Ave Grill, 1120 12th Ave., 12thAveGrill.com.