Latin Twist: Calabaza Cocktail (Pumpkin Coffee Cocktail)


coffee cocktail 2It’s a kind of grey, chilly-ish Halloween…and so, mis amigos, I am offering an idea for a cocktail that suits the day and this time of year! I’ve written about a couple recently that you might like: Prosecco and Stout Cocktail, and the Bellini. But here’s a Calabaza Cocktail (Pumpkin Coffee Cocktail) that will be a fun addition to your fall cocktail line up!

The Calabaza Cocktail is a super simple and adjustable coffee drink made up of three primary ingredients: pumpkin vodka (I used Crop Organic), Bailey’s Irish Cream, and coffee! The main liquid is coffee. I used just a shot of pumpkin vodka, and less than a shot of Bailey’s. Again, this can all be varied according to your taste.

The other variation you can use relates to rimming: I used equal amounts of turbinado and ground cinnamon. Garnish? Since we’re working the orange theme, I went with an orange segment…but, as always, there’s a lot of possibilities!

Would love to hear how you enjoy your Calabaza Cocktail ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!




About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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