Austin bartenders share 4 fall cocktails worth pushing aside the pumpkin to drink

By Emma Janzen - American-Statesman Staff

I have nothing against celebrating pumpkin during the fall months, but when it comes to drinking and eating from September to December, America’s pumpkin tunnel vision can become downright exhausting. There are so many other autumn flavors out there to enjoy; it’s a shame to waste the entire season focused on one ingredient. Plus, I can’t name a single cocktail that has incorporated the squash in a flattering manner.

So here are some alternative options for imbibing this month and into the next. Celebrate the cool weather with warm liquid ingredients such as earthy aged tequilas, oaky whiskey, lush vermouth and herbal bitters. Most classy cocktail bars around town will avoid the pumpkin martini trap and opt for more sophisticated expressions of the season. Below are a few from new and notable bar programs across the city.

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