Pumpkin cocktails: sweet or savory, a taste of fall

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cereal, pumpkin oatmeal and even pumpkin applesauce. With jack o’lanterns decorating porches citywide, it’s undeniable that San Diegans adore fall’s favorite gourd. Local mixologists, always inventive and cued in to the locals, create savory and aromatic cocktails sure to tempt the most discerning pumpkin aficionados. Grab your GPS for this tour-de-cocktail around the county:

The Double Pump

Sycamore Den

There may not be a better bar in all of San Diego to feel that cozy fall vibe than Sycamore Den. This comfort-in-a-mug cocktail by Eric Giger is made with Zaya rum, bourbon, Starbucks pumpkin spice syrup, heavy cream, grated cinnamon, and Jet-Puffed miniature marshmallows.

3391 Adams Ave., Normal Heights.

The Harvest

Cusp Dining & Drinks

Enjoy one of the best views in the county at the beautiful restaurant atop Hotel La Jolla. A lovely combination of savory and sweet, The Harvest combines Maker’s Mark whiskey, maple, Carpano Antica vermouth, and pumpkin puree. Who needs pumpkin pie?

7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla.

Pumpkin Penicillin

Sea180 Coastal Tavern

Revel in our perfect autumn weather on Sea180’s outdoor patio while sipping their antidote to whatever ails you. The cleverly named cocktail combines pumpkin-infused Mezcal, house-made ginger-infused honey, lemon, and candied ginger.

800 Seacoast Dr, Imperial Beach.

The Colonist by Dan Dufek

Madison on Park

A seasonal twist on the classic cocktail Old Fashioned, The Colonist is made with Bulleit Rye Bourbon, pumpkin, pecan, apple and sweet potato bitters, and pecan wood-smoked Vermont maple syrup.

4622 Park Blvd, University Heights.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

333 Pacific

Upgrade your seasonal morning latte with this elegant, post-workday variation. Answering to the sweet tooth, this version is made with Crop pumpkin vodka, spiced brown sugar syrup, Godiva white chocolate, and nutmeg, served in a caramel-lined martini glass. Dessert in a glass, anyone?

333 N. Pacific St., Oceanside.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin cocktail in San Diego or recipe you’d like to share? Post in the comments below.

With 18 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 850 reviews under her belt, Laurie Delk is a one-stop guide to all things craft beer, wine and spirits. You can follow Delk on Twitter @100beers30days or Instagram @sandiegobeer. Send ideas for featured drinks to

Source: Discover SD