Changing leaves and cooler temperatures mean the warm fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and, of course, pumpkin take center stage, especially when it comes to flavored cocktails. Hiram Walker's seasonal Pumpkin Spice Liqueur bottles up the flavors of graham crackers, pumpkin pie and vanilla with an orange citrus kick to round it out.
Pumpkin spice cocktail — Photo courtesy of Dinner Series
"It mixes well with just about any spirit and the recipe ideas are endless," says Ron Zussman, Brand Director for Hiram Walker. To make one of the most popular fall cocktails, a pumpkin martini, mix together two parts Pumpkin Spice Liqueur with one part each of coffee liqueur, butterscotch schnapps and Half & Half. For an extra kick of pumpkin flavor, add in some pumpkin puree left over from your Halloween carving or Thanksgiving pie-making.
Pumpkin spice martini — Photo courtesy of Ally Mauro
Hiram Walker opened Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery in Ontario, just across from Detroit in the United States, in 1858. What started as a small distillery has become one of the most recognized brands, and an entire town sprang up around the facilities, much of it planned by Hiram Walker himself. If you're in Windsor and want to learn more about the Walker family and the whisky-making process, take the Canadian Club Brand Centre tour. You'll get to visit the wine cellar once used by Al Capone during Prohibition and sample some of the company's signature products.