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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8 to 9 servings


  • Pumpkin Spice Mix
  • 1 quart pumpkin purée
  • 3/4 quarts sugar
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 cracked whole nutmegs
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 cup peeled ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cloves

  • Mixer
  • 2 ounces bourbon (Woodford Reserve recommended)

  • Thyme Foam
  • 3 ounces thyme simple syrup
  • 3 ounces egg whites

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.

Thyme Foam

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

Pumpkin Flip Directions

  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.
  • Created by Rachid Hdouche of ilili DC

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