Ever since Bols discontinued its Pumpkin Schnapps two years ago (Boo! I say!), finding a pumpkin pie cocktail during the holiday season has been like searching for the Holy Grail of Booze. But the other night when Dre and I visited our old friend, Steve the bartender, at Ford’s Filling Station, he surprised me by offering to make me one. “Wha?! But…but I thought they discontinued it…”
I was so excited! Ever since I had one at the Abbey years ago and hadn’t been able to find one since, I’ve been dying for that creamy goodness of pumpkin pie in a glass — spicy and sweet. And here Steve had offered it up easy as pie. Apparently Ford’s was making it especially for Halloween, which didn’t make sense to me cuz isn’t it more a Thanksgiving thing? So how were they able to get a hold of the elusive pumpkin liqueur? Easy. It wasn’t Bols, twas
Unfortunately, when Steve returned to our table he had some other type of cocktail in hand. “Sorry, I couldn’t find the pumpkin so I made you this instead. Gingerbread. Taste it.” Then Steve stood back and looked at me as if waiting for fireworks to go off while I brought the glass to my lips.
“MMMMMMM!” I moaned, hopping up and down in my seat like a little girl getting a Barbie dream house on Christmas Day. It totally tasted like a gingerbread cookie. Made up of vanilla vodka, whipped cream, simple sugar, triple sec and gingerbread liqueur shaken together and then poured into a glass rimmed with fine graham cracker crumbs, it was the best cocktail I had ever tasted thus far…and I’m including chocolate martinis here.
Now I couldn’t really understand if this is something that Ford’s will be doing through the holidays or what since Steve made it like they might just have it for as long as they have the gingerbread liqueur. So I suggest ordering it up now while you still have a chance. You won’t be sorry.
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