Hump Day Happy Hour: Spiced up Pumpkin Porter

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 ounce Snap Liquor
1 ounce whiskey
¼ ounce dark maple syrup (approximate)
1 bottle Pumpkin Porter
cinnamon sugar

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.

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One response to “Hump Day Happy Hour: Spiced up Pumpkin Porter

  1. Very cool recipe! I have had a beergarita but never thought to do something else with beer. This looks excellent!

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