October Cocktail of the Month: The Pumpkin Beer Patch and Orchard

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Pumpkin Beer Patch and Orchard CocktailOctober is upon us and you know what that means: Everyone is going crazy about pumpkins. From carved pumpkins to pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes, the squash is everywhere this season — even in our beer.

Early October also marks the conclusion of Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest, a multi-week event in which locals and visitors alike consume millions of liters of beer. Even if you weren’t able to attend this year’s festivities, you can still celebrate Munich’s beer culture — and autumn’s favorite fruit — with one very tasty ale-based libation.

This recipe, courtesy of Angry Orchard Cider, is everything we love about October in a glass. Honey whiskey brings a sense of warmth to pumpkin beer, while seasonally inspired Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Cider lends crispness and a hint of heat. A rim of crushed candied walnuts is the final crunchy finish for a sweet-and-salty kick.

While the recipe is perfect as it is, we think it would be equally delicious with many of the label’s other fall-inspired styles, which can all buy bought together in the Autumn Sampler variety pack. Swap out Cinnful Apple Cider for the bright acidity of Crisp Apple, the slight tartness of Green Apple, or the floral notes of the limited-release Hopped Apple. Whichever style you choose, we can guarantee you’ll be sipping this cocktail all autumn long. Whip up a batch to serve at your Halloween party or pair with your turkey on Thanksgiving.

THE PATCH & ORCHARD

Ingredients
4 ounces Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Cider (or style of your choice)
4 ounces pumpkin beer
1/2 ounce honey whiskey
1/4 ounce crushed candied walnuts

Directions
Rim a beer goblet with the crush candied walnuts. In the glass, stir together the cider, pumpkin beer, and honey whiskey. If choose, add a small serving of ice.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Angry Orchard