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Atlanta – 6 Restaurants with Pumpkin Cocktails for Fall


Something about the fall weather makes people crave the flavor of pumpkin. I had my first pumpkin thing of the season earlier today, and I’m already ready for more. These are the spots you need to visit, if you want delicious, pumpkin-flavored adult drinks in Atlanta 2010.

pumpkin martini
Pumpkin Cocktail Recipe: 2 oz Cinnamon Vodka (we used a red cinnamon schnapps) 1/2 oz pumpkin vodka 1 oz amaretto Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass (could be served over ice, as well)

First of all, Murphy’s is delightful. The food makes use of local ingredients, the wine comes in abundant varieties and the dessert, made in-house, is beautiful and worth the calories and cost. Also, a woman who frequents this restaurant, once gave me a free ticket to a fabulous wine tasting at The Georgia Aquarium. With regulars such as this, how could it possibly be bad?

Ashley Derrick and Allison Grounds tried Murphy’s Pumpkin Tini this year as part of their blog Random Atlanta’s “52 Winks of Drink,” which requires them to go to a new restaurant in Atlanta and try a different cocktail each week of 2010.

Overall they, along with some friends, give the drink a 3 out of 5 rating. On the plus side, they say it looks “Autumny” and is pretty creative. On the downside, the drink is a bit sweet and heavy. They advise drinking it as a dessert.

Ingredients: Absolute vanilla vodka, pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin spiced syrup, a little half and half, a dash of cinnamon, and some fancy homemade whipped cream on top.

Make sure you read the Random Atlanta blog, if you have not seen it before. Ashley and Allison have opinions on many more drinks than this pumpkin one.

Wildfire’s Pumpkin Martini (near Perimeter Mall)

This martini sounds less heavy than the one at Murphy’s. Wildfire’s drink includes pumpkin liqueur, run and half and half, according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Two Urban Licks Specialty Pumpkin Drink (Old Fourth Ward)

This American food restaurant has a specialty pumpkin drink for Halloween weekend. As of Oct. 27, they said they are still working on the recipe. They also are debuting an Apple Cinnamon Infusion, which sounds like another great drink for fall.

Bocado’s Elm Street Cocktail (Westside Atlanta)

This is one of the newer restaurants in Atlanta. They serve smaller plates for sharing in a comfortable dining atmosphere.

Their Elm Street cocktail is made up of house infused Baker’s bourbon, pumpkin (not out of a can,) and Anise. This information comes from, once again, the ladies of Random Atlanta. They gave it a 4.5 out of 5 rating. Sounds like one orange drink that is worth trying at least once.

Trader Vic’s Pumpkin Candy Hot Butter Rum (Hilton Atlanta Downtown Atlanta)

This cocktail sounds extravagant and even is topped with a flame. This drink is made with the restaurant’s specialty butter and pumpkin extract plus Bacardi 151. This exciting $8 drink runs only through Saturday, so hurry and get it soon.

Buckhead Bottle Bar’s Secret Cocktail (Buckhead)

This restaurant will serve a pumpkin-flavored cocktail this weekend, but they’re still unsure of exactly how it’s all going to come together. They specialize in good cocktails, so it will most likely be good. If you find out, let us know.

Make Your Own Pumpkin Cocktail

Elle Sees, a local Atlanta blogger has a recipe on her blog for a pumpkin pie drink that includes Malibu rum, canned pumpkin pie filling, Kahlua and cold milk. Check out her blog for measurements and more fall drink recipes.

Local Atlanta Pumpkin Beer

If you prefer beer and are seeking a local pumpkin brew, Athens’ brewery Terrapin is offering a seasonal Pumpkinfest. Here’s a review from Atlanta Beer Master blog.

Do you know of any other restaurants serving pumpkin drinks this fall? If so, let us know in the comments. Or if you have an opinion on the drinks above, we’d like to know that too. Hope you’re enjoying fall in Atlanta.

Also, if I find out about more pumpkin drinks, I’ll update this list, so you might want to come back to this blog.

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