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The last thing I wanted to make with the Kahlua Pumpkin Spice liqueur was another pumpkin cocktail. As my tasting notes (after the recipe) note, this liqueur is less pumpkin and more about the spices that are referred to as pumpkin spices. So why make another pumpkin drink?
Spice is Nice – recipe by Cheri Loughlin
3/4 ounce E&J XO Brandy
1/2 ounce Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
1/4 ounce DeKuyper Crème de Cacao
3/4 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Combine brandy, Kahlua, crème de cacao and bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Float lightly whipped heavy cream over the top. Or place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to combine and chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
I initially chose to float the heavy cream on top of the cocktail and later mixed it all together. The choice is yours. It works either way. This cocktail is lightly creamy and very warming with the spices. Coffee flavor comes through a bit more than I thought it would. Perhaps this is because coffee and chocolate notes complement each other so well.
If you don’t mind strong cocktails and want to skip the cream and bitters, just mix the first three ingredients together. Stir over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Liqueur Tasting Notes
I’m not sure why, but for some reason I expected the Kahlua Pumpkin Spice liqueur to be creamy. It isn’t. It looks exactly like the same dark colored Kahlua liqueur that’s been around forever.
Coffee aroma is less predominant than I expected too. It’s there, but the pumpkin spice aromas are front and center. There appears to be lots of cinnamon, allspice, cloves perhaps and maybe even a touch of cardamom.
This is super SWEET, but rich with spice. Pumpkin is rather subtle if there at all. This isn’t what I expected. The flavor almost reminds me of allspice dram. If the bottle didn’t say “Pumpkin” in the name, I might not even liken it to pumpkin at all. In fact “Pumpkin Spice” is exactly the flavor that comes to mind. No pumpkin, just the spice blend referred to as pumpkin spices.
Overall this is a good flavor that’s good for more than just lattes, hot chocolate or anything pumpkin related.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.