The 5 Best Pumpkin Spice Cocktails in NYC

NFL branded caps, North Face jackets, Ugg boots, pumpkin spice. BASIC-ally, fall season is in the air. Why don’t we buzz it up a bit, literally. We’re talking mezcal, pumpkin butter, smoked salt, and more.

5 Pumpkin Spice Cocktails

“Pumpkin spice _____” is in full swing this time of year. Cue over-the-knee boots, apple-picking instas with BAE – it is the official start of fall.

Pumpkin Mezcal Margarita at JIMMY at the James

Pumpkin Mezcal Margarita Jimmy at the James

Who says rooftop season can’t continue into cuffing season? It can. And it happens 18-stories up at the JIMMY. A Johnny Swet creation, the year-round rooftop lounge offers swanky seasonal cocktails, breathtaking views and “conversation pit,” a freeform lounge space with plush upholstered seating and fireplace for intimate nights out.

  • 1.5 oz Ilegal Mezcal
  • .5 oz Lime Juice
  • .5 oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2 Bar-spoons of Pumpkin Butter
  • Orange twist & salt, optional
15 Thompson St, NY, NY

212- 201-9118,

The Jack O’ Lantern at Upstairs at the Kimberly

The Jack O Lantern Upstairs at Kimberly

Gone are the rooftops? Never. Enjoy the crisp fall air with a Jack O’Lantern delight curated by “flavor chemist” and master mixologist, Alex Ott.

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • .25 oz Lemon juice
  • Pinch of pumpkin spice

145 East 50th St, 212-888-1220,

Spiced Pumpkin Frozen Horchata at Salvation Taco

Spiced Pumpkin Frozen Horchata Salvation Taco

To the newly (basic) college grads living in Murray Hill, we know you love the classic PSL, so why not take a power sip of this Spiced Pumpkin Frozen Horchata mixed and blended by Henry Avila. Check the vibrant rooftop – guaranteed a sick “holding drink up into the sunset” Snap for your followers. Be sure invite your best buds so they don’t suffer from FOMO.

  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Puree*
  • 4 oz Bottled Horchata
  • Handful of ice
  • Topped with freshly grated nutmeg

For the Pumpkin Puree*
2 tbsp Canned Pumpkin Puree
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Dried, crushed Guajillo Chili, to taste
Splash of Coconut Milk

145 East 39th St, 212-865-5800,

Headless Horseman at Strip House

Headless Horseman Strip House

Pumpkin spice is to basic, as Strip House is to classic. Lets honor both as we fall into another season with the Headless Horseman.

  • 1.5 oz Reposado Tequila
  • .5 oz Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • Presented with dehydrated apple slices

15 West 44th St, 212-336-5454,

Smoked Pumpkin at The Rickey at Dream Midtown

Smoked Pumpkin The Rickey Dream Midtown

Beyond bae-sic here. Gentlemen, woo the ladies at this cozy, vintage-style lounge this fall. Between romantic dim lighting, plush velvet seating, and stylish seasonal cocktails – including the Smoked Pumpkin – you should expect a second date.

  • 1 oz Ketel One Orange
  • 1 oz Ilegal Mezcal
  • .25 oz Lime juice
  • 2 Bar-spoons of Pumpkin Butter
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • Long orange twist and sprinkle of flaked smoked salt to garnish

210 West 55th St, 646-756-2054,

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