As the season of summer draws to a close, I tend to be struck by both the desire to continue to bask in the warm sunshine, and a renewed yearning for chilly fall evenings. I still love utilizing summer flavors, such as melons and berries, but I also want to begin playing with the cozy, earthy spiced flavors of autumn. Fortunately, tea is a fabulous, versatile beverage that covers both options. Brewed or steeped, it's great hot or cold, and the amount of varietals and variations are innumerable.

One of my absolute favorites at this time of year is Pumpkin Spiced Tea. It's versatile, delicious, and, as an added bonus, the place smells amazing every time I brew it! Recently, I've been experimenting with both hot and cold 'tea-tails' using the pumpkin spiced. I'm thrilled by the idea that a single pot of any tea, can create fantastic cocktails of both cozy warm, and refreshing iced varieties. Below are two of my newest creations using this autumn inspired option:

September Days

  • 1.75 oz Orange Vodka
  • 1.25 oz. Basil Ginger Syrup
  • 10 oz. Pumpkin Spice Tea (brewed & chilled)
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
Sparsely line a tall glass with the Basil Leaves.
Fill glass with Ice.
Pour the Orange Vodka, Basil Ginger Syrup, and Pumpkin Spice Tea into a Shaker with ice and Stir.
Strain into the glass over the ice.


Cozy Night In

  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Toasted Coriander Spice Syrup
  • 8 oz Pumpkin Spice Tea (steeped hot)
Pour Bourbon, Toasted Coriander Spice Syrup, and Pumpkin Spice Tea into a mug. Stir lightly.


I'm looking forward to continuing to play with teas as the base for cocktails. Chai, Roobios, White tea or Green tea, even good old fashioned Black tea .... the alternatives are innumberable, as are the flavor possibilities.

Happy Cocktailing!