Cocktail Recipe Spotlight: Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider

October 25, 2015 No Comments » Add Consumer Insight
Cocktail Recipe Spotlight: Basil Hayden’s Pumpkin Bourbon Cider



If you are looking for some holiday cocktail recipes for Halloween let us introduce you to Basil Hayden’s® Pumpkin Bourbon Cider. Created by top mixologist Larry Piaskowy of San Fransisco, CA, Basil Hayden’s® Pumpkin Bourbon Cider is a seasonally-inspired cocktail combining the trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden's with the flavors of fall - perfect for autumn and any "grown up" Halloween celebrations!

Basil Hayden’s® Pumpkin Bourbon Cider
Created by Larry Piaskowy (San Francisco, CA)
2 parts Basil Hayden's® Bourbon
¾ part Fresh Lemon Juice
½ part Sweet Vermouth
¼ tsp. Superfine Sugar

¾ part Pumpkin Puree
6 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 parts Dry Hard Cider
1 piece of Fresh Nutmeg (for garnish)
1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)


1. Combine pumpkin puree, superfine sugar, sweet vermouth, bitters and lemon juice into a mixing glass.
2. Stir until sugar is nearly dissolved.
3. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon and ice.
4. Stir well and strain into a cocktail glass.
5. Top with dry hard cider.
6. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.




About Basil Hayden
In 1796, Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. broke 'the rules' by mixing small grains into the mash of a traditional corn base. A Maryland transplant unafraid to stand out amidst the residing establishment, Basil conjectured that the spicy flavor of rye would be a striking complement to the sweet smoothness of corn in his distillery's standard bourbon. And much to the chagrin of the traditionalist set, Basil was right. His recipe was a masterpiece, resulting in a unique, singular small batch bourbon whiskey that was blessed with rich hints of peppermint, notes of pepper, slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.

Artfully aged at a relatively mild 80 proof, Basil Hayden's® is as novel and delectable a bourbon whiskey as it was when the master distiller rolled out his first barrel over 200 years ago. Marked by a rich cascade of aromas and flavors, Basil Hayden's® is still a small batch bourbon, but with broader appeal. And just as it was in 1796, the only 'rule' to enjoying our Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is that it should be done responsibly.  Read More