How to Make It
Method: To make the simple syrup, in a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine one cup sugar, one cup water, and 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, stirring until the sugar is fully dissolved. When the mixture reaches a boil, remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool to at least room temperature. (It may get a little gloppy on top; just skim that off and discard it.)
To make the cocktail, add the bourbon and simple syrup to the glass, stir gently, and add a handful of ice. Top off with club soda, stir gently, and enjoy.
Why We Like It
Full disclosure: This pumpkin-spice cocktail doesn’t have any pumpkin in it. But neither do most “pumpkin spice” items that are everywhere around Thanksgiving. Still, it’s full of wonderful seasonal flavors: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. It also has bourbon.
As with Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want to do a little bit of prep for this drink. It calls for a pumpkin spice simple syrup that can be made ahead of time and will keep for a while in the fridge. Because the proportions are easy (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice), you can make a big batch and use it in coffee. If you have all of the aforementioned spices, you can easily make your own pumpkin-pie spice, but the pre-mixed stuff will work just fine. I’ll be serving this at Thanksgiving dinner this year: “Don’t worry, Mom! If you like Starbucks’ pumpkin-spice latte, you’ll love this.”