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Five Ways to Get Pumpkin in Your Drink

The best ways to use pumpkins, in ascending order:
—Eat them.
—Carve faces into them as part of some ancient harvest ritual.
—Put them in cocktails.
—Shoot them from cannons.

So until you get a pumpkin artillery piece, here’s five great ways to drink pumpkin this fall...

Pumpkin + Whiskey
PUMPKIN LEVEL: 1

Pumpkin + Whiskey

Where: Tico.
Made with: Pumpkin, whiskey, sage, lemon and Bénédictine.
Pairs well with: Candy corn, bite-size Butterfinger bars. (Note: might need to bring your own.)

Sage Pumpkin Whiskey Smash, $12, Tico, 1926 14th St NW, 202-319-1400

Pumpkin + Tequila
PUMPKIN LEVEL: 2

Pumpkin + Tequila

Where: El Centro D.F.
Made with: Pumpkin-infused tequila, agave nectar, lime juice and a cinnamon/sugar rim.
Pairs well with: Watching football outdoors. Which you can do here.

Pumpkin Margarita, $10, El Centro D.F., 1819 14th St NW, 202-328-3131

Pumpkin + Smoke
PUMPKIN LEVEL: 3

Pumpkin + Smoke

Where: Del Campo.
Made with: Rye, pumpkin cordial, bitters, a giant ice cube... and a hunk of canella cinnamon that’s been set ablaze.
Pairs well with: A fire extinguisher.

Smoked Pumpkin Old Fashioned, $14, Del Campo, 777 I St NW, 202-289-7377

Pumpkin + Coffee
PUMPKIN LEVEL: 4

Pumpkin + Coffee

Where: Vinoteca.
Made with: Roasted-pumpkin-infused rum, coffee, milk, baking spices and whipped cream.
Pairs well with: That 2:30 feeling.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte Cocktail, $12, Vinoteca, 1940 11th St NW, 202-332-9463

Pumpkin + Moonshine. And Beer.
PUMPKIN LEVEL: 5

Pumpkin + Moonshine. And Beer.

Where: Graffiato.
Made with: Pumpkin spice moonshine, lemon, allspice dram, maple syrup, old-fashioned bitters, topped off with a generous helping of pumpkin beer.
Pairs well with: Another one.

Smashing Pumpkins, $12, Graffiato, 707 6th St NW, 202-289-3600

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