Pumpkin Flip

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
The Local Palate Popular Recipes in October

The pumpkin flip seasonal cocktail from ilili in Washington, DC is “an homage and a seasonal interpretation of a porto flip, a classic cocktail to welcome the fall season,” creator Rachid Hdouche says.

Sweet but balanced, this pumpkin-spiced cocktail calls memories of fall baking with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, and ginger. Its nod to fall flavors go well beyond pumpkin spice, and it gets topped with a thyme foam finish.

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Serves 8-9

    Pumpkin Spice Mix
  • 1 quart pumpkin purée
  • ¾ quart sugar
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 nutmeg, whole, cracked
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ cup peeled ginger
  • ½ tablespoon ground cloves
  • Mixer
  • 2 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • Thyme Foam
  • 3 ounces thyme simple syrup
  • 3 ounces egg whites

Make the Pumpkin Spice Mix

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot over medium-low heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and cool before straining through a chinois strainer.

Make the Thyme Foam

  1. Combine the simple syrup and egg whites in a shaker tin and shake vigorously.

Make the Cocktail

  1. Mix the pumpkin spice mix and bourbon in a shaker tin filled with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Top cocktail with thyme foam and garnish with grated nutmeg.
  • Recipe By
    Rachid Hdouche of ilili in Washington DC

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