Full disclosure: I’m already sick of pumpkin spice. In September, I polished off a couple bottles of PS creamer, enjoyed about 10 PS cold brews and ate too many PS frosted pretzels. Now, October has barely begun, but I get a headache when I catch a whiff of a fall-themed scented candle.
Anyway, regardless of my premature bias against PS, the Pumpkin Spice White Russian is a tolerable autumn cocktail. Not second-rate, but nothing to write home about either.
The most interesting feature of the Pumpkin Spice White Russian is it’s creative use of garnish. The rim of the glass is decorated in pumpkin pie spice and crushed graham crackers. So, when your drinking, you’ll be spinning your glass about 40 degrees before each new sip. Ideally, when paced properly, each sip of the Pumpkin Spice White Russian should include a tasty bit of autumnal seasoning collected from the rim.
The recipe also calls for a prettifying cinnamon stick which I think is always a nice touch.
As for the drink recipe itself, the Pumpkin Spice White Russian is just vodka, Kahlua and pumpkin spice creamer. It tastes exactly like you’d expect it to. A bit too sweet thanks to the creamer, but mostly pleasant. This is one of those seasonal mixed drinks that is almost more fun to make than it is to taste. More of a festive christening of a new season than a cocktail made for pure enjoyment.
FOR THE RIM
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 tbsp. crushed graham crackers
FOR THE DRINK
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. Kahlua
1 1/2 oz. pumpkin spice creamer
Cinnamon stick, for garnish