It’s fall here in the States, which means its time for everything pumpkin. There are versions of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, Cosi, Caribou Coffee, and about a half a dozen local coffee shops. You can change up your morning strawberry pop tart routine by switching it with a pumpkin pie pop tart or you can treat yourself with a handful of pumpkin spice Hershy’s kisses. While all of those things are, I am sure, fabulous tributes to fall and the glorious pumpkin, none of them excite me as much as when I spot the first 6-pack of season pumpkin beers. There are dozens of pumpkin ales, and even a pumpkin cider, but my heart skips a beat when I see Starr Hill Brewing Company’s Boxcar, a pumpkin porter.
In honor of this delicious porter, I decided to try my hand at a beer based cocktail. A little whiskey and Snap cut through the richness of the beer and a touch of maple syrup brightens the whole thing up. I tried the recipe without the cinnamon sugar rim, and I promise it is much better with it than without, so if you aren’t sure about the sugaring the rim take a chance and go ahead.
Spiced-up Pumpkin Porter
1) Rim a pint glass with a healthy amount of cinnamon sugar
2) Pour Snap, whiskey, and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for a minute or two and strain into waiting pint glass.
3) Top with beer, careful not to let the frothy head over flow.