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Bringing Autumn Flavor to a Cocktail Classic

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Bringing Autumn Flavor to a Cocktail Classic, A Pumpkin Pisco Sour

When making a new recipe, a good rule of thumb for determining whether the dish turned out well is to see if everyone trying it wants seconds. This rule holds true for everything from a chocolate chip cookie to a bowl of pasta, and especially for a cocktail. Chef James Messiner of Seasons 52 in Dunwoody, Georgia follows this rule when creating recipes for entertaining at home or for guests at his restaurant. His new autumn cocktail, the Pumpkin Pisco Sour, would have imbibers anywhere coming back for more.

A Pisco Sour is a traditional South American cocktail that is usually made by combining Pisco brandy and a sour citrus juice. “I was recently reintroduced to the classic Pisco Sour on a trip to the west coast,” explained Messiner. It is such a great cocktail, light, and refreshing. I started wondering if we could do an autumn spin on the Pisco Sour. ” After a few experiments, he decided to add a pumpkin spiced vodka and Jack Rudy Aromatic Bitters to the traditional mix to give it an autumnal flare that is full of flavor but not overpowering. We’re happy to report that this cocktail passes the “seconds” test.

Pumpkin Pisco Sour
from Chef James Messiner of Seasons 52 in Atlanta, Georgia