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The Pumpkin Cocktails You’re Looking For

You want pumpkin cocktails. You need pumpkin cocktails. It’s time for pumpkin cocktails. Here are five exemplary models of the form. Pumpkins don’t stand a chance this year.

UD - The Martini in Disguise Option
PUMPKIN + VODKA

The Martini in Disguise Option

Where: L’Apicio.
Made with: Pumpkin-infused vodka, apple cider, lemon juice, bitters and simple syrup with muddled ginger.
Pairs well with: A date and some lamb-sausage polenta in a soaring EV date spot.

The Beast, $13, L’Apicio, 13 E 1st St (between 2nd and Bowery), 212-533-7400

UD - The Heavy Option
PUMPKIN + MOONSHINE

The Heavy Option

Where: Tipsy Parson.
Made with: Pumpkin cordial, Honeycrisp apples, moonshine and lemon.
Pairs well with: You in a shawl-collar sweater, with one arm draped over some tufted leather.

Peter Peter, $14, Tipsy Parson, 156 9th Ave (between 19th and 20th), 212-620-4545

UD - The Island Option
PUMPKIN + GIN

The Island Option

Where: Pouring Ribbons.
Made with: Gin, orange, a Southeast Asian take on rum and a seven-spice mix of pumpkin and coconut.
Pairs well with: A handful of Advil.

Labu Kelapa, $14, Pouring Ribbons, 225 Ave B (between 13th and 14th), 917-656-6788

UD - The Creamy Option
PUMPKIN + SHAKE

The Creamy Option

Where: Hill Country Chicken.
Made with: Vanilla ice cream, crushed pumpkin pie and an “optional” bourbon shot.
Pairs well with: A leisurely weekday lunch and a robust straw.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Shake, $6.25-$9.25, Hill Country Chicken, 1123 Broadway (between 25th and 26th), 212-257-6446

UD - The Dessert Option
PUMPKIN + MEZCAL

The Dessert Option

Where: The Black Ant.
Made with: Mezcal-hibiscus gel, a meringue bone, queso-fresco-and-cacao crumble, mezcal-marinated gummy worms, candied-pumpkin panna cotta, roasted-pumpkin ice cream. So okay, not a cocktail, but... mezcal.
Pairs well with: A committee of friends to help you take it down.

The Black Ant Graveyard, $11, The Black Ant, 60 2nd Ave (between 3rd and 4th), 212-598-0300

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