The Ultimate Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latté

The onslaught of pumpkin-spice-everything ushers in fall earlier and earlier every year, and it’s all thanks to the pumpkin spice latté. The drink, found everywhere from Starbucks to McDonald’s, is, clearly, massively popular—but that doesn’t mean it is without its flaws. For one, it is way too sweet. Secondly, there’s rarely any actual pumpkin involved. And finally, there’s no alcohol in it. So we fixed it.

Our superior version of the now iconic autumn beverage is made with real pumpkin, bourbon, cozy baking spices, creamy Baileys and fresh coffee, made from hand-ground whiskey barrel-aged coffee beans. Topped off with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon, it’s the perfect hot cocktail to warm you up after a long day of hayrides, leaf-pile jumping and apple picking.

Sweet, Dry



Step one

Prepare pumpkin spice syrup and fresh whipped cream ahead of time. Keep cream chilled in a metal bowl in the fridge until ready to use.

Step two

In a glass mug, add the bourbon and pumpkin spice syrup. Stir to combine.

Step three

Brew your coffee as strong as you like.

Step four

Pour the coffee into the mug and top with Baileys Irish Cream. Stir gently.

Step five

Top with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, and a few dashes of Pimento Aromatic Bitters.

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Mix It Up!

If you’re the type of person who thinks fall starts in mid-summer or drinks pumpkin-spice everything all year round, this cocktail is also excellent cold. Simply replace the hot coffee with cold brew, and shake everything but the whipped cream with ice. Then, strain into a glass filled with fresh ice.

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