Name: Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
Place of Origin / Distiller: New York, USA / Hiram Walker (Pernod Ricard, USA)
It’s that time of year again. You know, the one where all the ominous holiday schnapps hit the shelves? Fear not. We are here, and our livers are willing to take a beating in order to take the guesswork out of the multitude of dessert flavored liquids at your disposal.
Today’s order of business is Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, and if the sheer number of recipes for Pumpkintini’s kicking around online is any indication, you’re going to end up in the same room with it sometime soon.
Now, we’ll be the first to admit that the artificial orange color is a bit off-putting, however, the balance of this is pour is extremely tasty. For those of you looking for something that imparts no alcohol flavor, it provides a bit of pumpkin with a solid spice finish. Taken straight it’s incredibly smooth, if overtly fruity. It does however, succeed in avoiding the sugar saturated liqueur vibe, and acts nicely as a flavoring agent for your preferred cocktail.
We were also impressed with the recipes provided by Hiram Walker, as the liqueur added just enough pumpkin flavor to make our concoctions shine. Straight from the label we tried the Classic Pumpkintini (a straight vodka and liqueur pour), The Jack O’tini (a pumpkin and ginger twist on an Irish whiskey sour), and an Autumn Russian (essentially a pumpkin white Russian, though this is where the product really shined brightest).
All in all, Hiram Walker’s Pumpkin Spice liqueur adds a nice seasonal touch to a bevy of classic cocktails. So if you’re looking for a Fall twist for non-beer drinkers, simple mixology fun, or just really love the hell out of some pumpkin in your drink, you’ll be glad to know that Hiram Walker hits shelves September 15th.