Pumpkin Citrus Smash

by James Stevenson

Seattle, Washington is the destination of the beer that is used in this beer cocktail. The Pike Brewing Company has been making beer since 1989 in Seattle. They are housed in the famous Pike Place Public Market and have a pub as well as a brewery. They brew many different beers some of these include:

, Pumpkin Citrus Smash

  • Pike Place Pale Ale-It is an heirloom amber ale with nutty and malty fruit flavors. ABV: 5.00% IBU: 32
  • Pike Kilt Lifter-It is a ruby ale with subtle smokiness and rich malt flavor. ABV: 6.50% IBU: 27
  • Pike Naughty Nellie-It is a golden artisan ale with fruity and soft malt flavors. ABV: 4.70% IBU:24

I love when seasonal beers come out and the Pike Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale is the perfect beer to use for a beer cocktail. Flavor profiles of this ale include caramel, molasses, and pumpkin pie. To complement the bold flavors of this beer I used orange, maple syrup, and bourbon.

Delving deeper into the story of this beer I found some interesting information: Pike Harlot’s Harvest reminds us that Pike Brewing was founded in a former brothel. Nellie’s girls who worked at The LaSalle Hotel were sometimes called harlots, though their best customers often affectionately called them ‘pumpkin.’ I love how the name of this beer not only ties into the season but also the history of the brewery.

, Pumpkin Citrus Smash


  • 1.5 ounces of bourbon
  • 2 ounces Pike Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  • ½ orange sliced for the garnish
  • 1 ounces of orange juice
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1-2 teaspoon maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your cocktails)

Garnish: sliced orange


  1. In a metal shaker combine bourbon, orange juice, ice and maple syrup
  2. Shake mixture for 20 seconds
  3. Add mixture to serving glass and top off with Pike Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  4. Garnish with sliced oranges

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