Don’t fight it. It’s time to wholeheartedly, unabashedly embrace the autumn trend of mashing pumpkins into every food possible. Pumpkin bread? Check. Pumpkin fluff? No shame. Pumpkin Pringles? Bring it. And for those times when the buzz from your pumpkin spice latte isn’t enough: pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin ales are pretty varied, depending on if the brewer uses hand-cut pumpkins, pumpkin purée or pumpkin flavoring (for the best flavor, look for brands that use the real stuff). When mixed with sparkling apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and lemon, this beertail essentially becomes a glass of pumpkin pie.


Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4 

3 bottles pumpkin ale
1 bottle Martinelli’s Sparking Cider
4 lemon wedges
4 cinnamon sticks plus a sprinkle of ground cinnamon
A pinch of pumpkin pie spice (optional)

1. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass. If you’re using pumpkin pie spice, add a pinch now.
3. Pour pumpkin ale into each glass until around 3/4 full. Fill the rest with apple cider.
4. Squeeze a bit of lemon on top and place a wedge on each glass as garnish. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and drink up.