An elegant, comforting and sultry cocktail that’s wonderful for those who love pumpkin pie. Perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving holidays, the Autumn Sunset is a gem.
Autumn Sunrise

Autumn Sunset
Recipe type: Alcoholic Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • 2 ounces apple juice
  • 1 ounce Calvados brandy or Applejack
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin purée
  • 1 Tablespoon Champagne
  • 1 Tablespoon Grenadine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  1. Combine apple juice, brandy and pumpkin purée in a shaker.
  2. Shake; pour into champagne saucer or martini glass.
  3. Add champagne and grenadine; garnish with cinnamon stick.
Some commercial pumpkin pastes can be very sweet and have intense spice flavor. If you prefer your own, simply take a small pumpkin, known as a sugar pumpkin and cut it into quarters, unpeeled, but seeded and any strings removed. Sprinkle the pumpkin flesh with pumpkin pie spice (in a volume you prefer), along with some brown sugar (to taste). Roast in a baking pan at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Allow to cool thoroughly and scoop the flesh from the skin. Puree in a blender and sweeten or add spices to taste. You may also use this to make Pumpkin Liqueur or pumpkin desserts. It won't go to waste.

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