It’s completely understandable why people have a deep hatred for all things pumpkin spice. Foods and drinks (including the latte-that-shall-not-be-named) that claim to taste like pumpkin and spice, usually don’t actually taste like either. It’s also deeply upsetting how quickly, and rampantly, the autumnal flavor combo has spread. From coffee drinks, to Oreos, to cereal, to Doritos (okay, we made that one up), it’s getting out of control. There’s even pumpkin spice pizza.
But there are a select few individuals who are treating pumpkin and spice with dignity. Around the country, bartenders are experimenting with the flavors of pumpkin and the rich, spiciness of clove, cinnamon and allspice—and they’re coming up with great things. These creative, new pumpkin cocktails not only taste like the gourd, they also have a robust depth of spice to back it up. Here are five bars that are doing pumpkin spice the right way.