The Sarcastic Nutritionist and Once Upon a Pumpkin Review Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

Spiked Pumpkin Chai Cocktail

Pumpkin girl here, back for week two of the great pumpkin collab-o with The Sarcastic Nutritionist! This week we set our sights on Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor—I got my pumpkin juices flowing to marry this flavor with another to find amatch made in fall flavor heaven. Before I tell you about the recipe, let me start with how I found this liquor in the concrete jungle of random liquor stores, I call New York City! After calling 4 stores to inquire that they carried the flavor with no luck, I was beginning to lose hope on finding this variety! Then, after a last minute change of plans, I found myself a random subway ride away from home and my pumpkin sense tingling. I walked into the nearest liquor store, and what do I know, I spot one bottle, as if it was waiting there for me. I picked it up and heard “that’s not for sale”, from the store clerk. Here’s me thinking, “dude, I’m probably the only one buy this from you!” He was kidding, but any person on the hunt for something pumpkin, knows that when they finally find it, it’s no joke! Cheers to that!


Recipe (makes 1 drink)

½ cup TAZO Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte Mix

¼ cup Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor

1 shot vodka of your choice (optional, but you should probably add it!)

3-4 ice cubes

Rimmed Glass Toppings

Cinnamon Sugar

Pumpkin Spice Pretzels



Rim your glass, by getting the edge wet, and dipping onto a plate of cinnamon sugar. Use a knife to carefully shave an opening in the pumpkin spice pretzel so that it will sit nicely on your glass. And try not to eat 10 of them as you stand there and prepare the rest of the drink!! Next, pour the TAZO Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte mix over ice and add the Pumpkin Spice Liquor and vodka, if going that route.  Stir and enjoy!



While I love pumpkin sweets, this liquor was a new level of sweet! Adding it to the chai mix, created an extra spicy sugar bomb beverage! If you were to close your eyes and smell it, every memory you have of fall festivities and foliage would come to mind. And talk about flavor –the pumpkin spice was intensely sweet. It’s also intensely orange, so be extra careful when pouring! I think the pumpkin spice liquor would definitely work better in a pumpkin martini or in another cocktail whose flavors are a little less sweet. I also don’t opt for chai tea lattes, (you know I’m pumpkin spice flavored coffee all the way!), which could by why the chai was just OK for me. If you’re true to your chai lattes, then this spiked pumpkin twist is definitely for you! All in all, I think Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice has pumpkin potential, and can be fun to play around with for the season! 

For the full review and other recipe created by The Sarcastic Nutritionist go HERE! 

Pumpkin & The Big Apple

You can't compare apples and oranges, but can you compare apples and pumpkins? The big apple, and the pumpkin girl, that is. What I'm really trying to say is, if you would have told me a year ago that I would be working in New York, and living on my own I wouldn't have believed you. Because Chicago has my heart, and every pumpkin patch I've ever known, but something inside me couldn't help but wonder what the pumpkin possibilities could be like in NYC.....

So here I am, coming to you just blocks away from Central Park in my pumpkin pad on the upper east side....Someone pinch me because I don't know how this all happened, or how I got so lucky. Yea, some days are tough, I want to give up at go home. Then somehow I find myself in a coffee shop in the middle of summer where they happen to have something pumpkin spiced, and just like that, New York reals me back in.

After all, how could I not experience autumn in NYC?! We are about to "fall" right into a season of pumpkin possibilities, and I hope you will join me as I turn the Big Apple into my big pumpkin play-ground!