.Autumnal Libations

Hosting a holiday happy hour or dinner party? 

These fall inspired cocktails made with local ingredients are sure to tantalize. 

Pumpkin Bourbon Smash Cocktail 

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Who needs a pumpkin spice latte when you can have a pumpkin spiced cocktail? This Pumpkin Bourbon Smash has all of the spiced goodness of pumpkin pie with a whiskey kick and is sure to be a hit as a pre-Thanksgiving meal drink or at any fall gathering. 


  • 2 oz Griffo Distillery Stony Point Whiskey
  • 1 oz pumpkin spice syrup (Sonoma Syrup Company makes one)
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice
  • 4 oz soda water
  • Lemon wedges


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add pumpkin spice syrup, bourbon and lemon juice for the cocktail. Shake well. Fill rimmed rocks glass with ice. Strain the cocktail into the glass.

Top with soda water. Give the cocktail one final stir and serve.

You can either purchase these ingredients separately to make this cocktail at home or simply buy a Pumpkin Bourbon Smash Cocktail kit from Griffo, which includes everything you need to make 12 cocktails.

Pumpkin Spice White Russian

We think this pumpkin spiced version of a White Russian is so delicious, you might never go back to the original. Alternatively, if you’ve never been a fan of White Russians—this one will change your mind.


  • 1 oz Griffo Distillery cold brew coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz Hanson’s vodka
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • Ice cubes
  • Cinnamon sticks, optional for garnish

If you don’t have a pre-blended pumpkin pie spice mix, you can easily make some by blending together 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ½ teaspoon ground cloves and ½ teaspoon allspice.


Add the coffee liqueur, vodka, pumpkin pie spice, heavy cream and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Shake together for 10 seconds. Pour into a low ball or rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a dusting of pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick.

Gravenstein Gimlet 

Originally created for the Gravenstein Apple Fair, this apple-icious twist on a classic gimlet from Spirit Works Distillery incorporates apple jelly, grenadine and lime-coriander bitters with gin and lime. 


  • 1.5 oz Spirit Works Distillery Navy Strength Gin
  • .75 oz lime juice (fresh squeezed is best)
  • .5 oz grenadine
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Fourteen Magpies Gravenstein Apple Jelly
  • 3 dashes Bitter Housewife Lime & Coriander Bitters


Shake everything with ice, then strain into a coupe glass.


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