Pumpkins may represent the holiday season, but a good pumpkin cocktail can be hard to find. Max’s Social House in Delray Beach (561-501-4332) is addressing this craving with the Awkward Pumpkin.
“This version is an evolution of pumpkin drinks I’ve done in the past,” says general manager Bob Higgenbotham.
Each Awkward Pumpkin begins with pumpkin jam. The bar crew smokes pumpkin flesh with hickory wood, then purees it with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, lemon, and orange.
- 2 oz. Ford’s Gin
- 1 oz. lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. grapefruit liqueur
- 1/2 oz. turbinado syrup
- 1 spoonful smoked pumpkin puree
- 1 egg white
- 3 drops cranberry bitters
- Grapefruit slice and mint leaf for garnish
Combine gin, lemon juice, grapefruit liqueur, turbinado syrup, pumpkin puree, and egg white then shake for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Double strain into a coupe glass. Float 3 drops of cranberry bitters and garnish with a grapefruit slice and a mint leaf