Pumpkin Spice Season is Here: How Your Business can Capitalize

’Tis the season of the pumpkin. As the seasons change and we are greeted with longer nights and chillier days, we are also greeted with warmer drinks and heartier flavors. The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte took the world by storm in 2003. Every fall since, businesses have been inventive about how they can incorporate it into their menus and reap a share of the profits. So how can we all get in on the pumpkin craze?

That Pumpkin Flavor

Pumpkin Spice Season is Here: How Your Business can Capitalize

There are multiple options available to you if you want to create pumpkin based cocktails for your menu. Most come in the forms of purées, syrups, and infused spirits. Many of these are available from suppliers. However, they are also simple and easy to make yourself.

Homemade and store bought options come with their own advantages and disadvantages. The store bought varieties will offer you consistency of product and a longer shelf life. On the other hand, crafting them yourself will allow you to tailor the flavor profile to your specific needs and desires.

Craft Beer

Pumpkin Spice Season is Here: How Your Business can Capitalize

Guests taps are increasingly popular, as are pumpkin beers at this time of the year. It is very likely that one, or many, of your suppliers have tried to convince you into buying a keg of their pumpkin ale to put on your rotating tap for the holiday season. These beer are increasingly popular and you might be able to opt into buying a case of pumpkin flavored beer in cans or bottles instead of investing in a whole keg.

Combining Craft Beer and Craft Cocktails

Pumpkin Spice Season is Here: How Your Business can Capitalize

One of the main disadvantages of a rotating tap is that sometimes you have to dispose of the remaining part of the keg because it is either past its date or past its season. This can be one of the greatest fears with buying a keg of pumpkin ale. In order to maximize your usage, therefore minimizing any losses, you should consider using your pumpkin flavored ale as an ingredient in a cocktail. Craft beer and craft cocktails are all the rage at the moment and this is your chance to infuse the two and show what your bartenders can really do. The above is also entirely possible to do with your purchase of bottles or cans of pumpkin beer.

Pumpkin flavored beverages won’t suit every style of establishment, and if your food menu is going to be pumpkin heavy then maybe beverages aren’t the greatest idea. Ask some of your regulars, ask your staff and your bartenders if they like the idea. These people are often your best sources of information. If you begin struggling for idea we’ve got two listed below to get you off on the right foot

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Pumpkin Spice Season is Here: How Your Business can Capitalize

  • 1oz Pumpkin Purée
  • 5oz Bourbon
  • 1oz Maple Syrup
  • 5oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 Dash Orange Bitters

Glass: Old Fashioned

Method: Shake and strain

Garnish: Orange Twist

Tip: Flavor your maple syrup with some cinnamon sticks and whole cloves for a pumpkin spice element

Pumpkin Spiced Martini

Pumpkin Spice Season is Here: How Your Business can Capitalize

  • 5oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 5oz Baileys Caramel Irish Cream
  • 1oz Pumpkin Liqueur

Glass: Martini

Method: Shake and strain

Garnish: A sprinkle of powdered nutmeg and cinnamon

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Benjamin Michael Beddow

Benjamin Michael Beddow

Food and Beverage Professional

As a food and beverage professional for over ten years, Ben has spent most of his time behind the bar, giving him a broad and in-depth knowledge of all things drinkable and drink related. Now, as a traveling freelance writer exploring the gastronomy, drinks, and food service industry of the world, Ben has taken his knowledge and experiences to the world wide web to share with others. The love for the trade never dies and Ben can still be found running around restaurants and slinging drinks in ski resorts in the USA during the winter season.