Rotten Pumpkin
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Rotten Pumpkin
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4.34 / 5
Rotten Pumpkin is a spooky and unique cocktail that is perfect for Halloween or any fall-themed event. The combination of orange juice and black Sambuca creates a rich and dark ... more Rotten Pumpkin is a spooky and unique cocktail that is perfect for Halloween or any fall-themed event. The combination of orange juice and black Sambuca creates a rich and dark flavor that is reminiscent of a decaying pumpkin. This cocktail has hints of bitter licorice and sweet citrus, making it a perfect balance of flavors. The orange juice adds a refreshing touch, while the Sambuca adds a touch of warmth and spice. The cocktail's name is an ode to the Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins and the black color of the Sambuca lends to that spooky vibe. Rotten Pumpkin is an intriguing and flavorful choice for those looking to add some Halloween spirit to their drinks menu.
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Sambuca (Black)
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10.36% | 1.71 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Rotten Pumpkin plays a daring game by combining the sweet acidity of orange juice with the deep, licorice notes of black Sambuca, crafting an unexpected alliance that surprisingly works. This cocktail balances on a tightrope of flavors, where the refreshing citrus zest cuts through the warmth and strong herbal undertones of the Sambuca, making it a mysteriously delightful choice for autumn festivities.

Method
How to make a Rotten Pumpkin

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
In a lowball glass with ice, build the drink by adding the orange juice then the Black Sambuca on top
Garnish with an orange slice and serve

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FAQ's

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the ideal occasion for serving the Rotten Pumpkin cocktail?

The Rotten Pumpkin cocktail, with its unique blend of orange juice and Black Sambuca, is perfect for Halloween parties or autumn gatherings. Its name and flavor profile align well with fall celebrations and themed events.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

Can I adjust the alcohol content in the Rotten Pumpkin if it's too strong or too mild?

Yes, you can adjust the alcohol content by varying the amount of Black Sambuca. For a stronger taste, add more Sambuca; for a milder version, reduce the Sambuca quantity and replace it with more orange juice or add a splash of water.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnish complements the Rotten Pumpkin cocktail?

A slice of orange or a black cherry makes an excellent garnish for the Rotten Pumpkin, enhancing its visual appeal and adding a touch of sweetness that complements its flavor profile.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve the Rotten Pumpkin for the best taste experience?

Serve the Rotten Pumpkin cold in a lowball glass. You can chill the glass beforehand to keep the cocktail colder for longer. Consider adding ice cubes or serving it over crushed ice for an extra chill factor.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Rotten Pumpkin cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute the Black Sambuca with a black licorice syrup or a non-alcoholic anise-flavored syrup. Adjust the quantity based on your sweetness preference.

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