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Pumpkin Painkiller Cocktail

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Courtesy Deke Dunne, head bartender and beverage director, Allegory, Washington, D.C.

Painkillers are “for the person with the unabashed sweet tooth,” Dunne declares—“a sweet, delicious, tropical cocktail that hits home every time.” By that logic, this version, incorporating autumnal pumpkin and spiced rum, is Halloween-ready, says Dunne, adding, “What better way to celebrate a holiday that encourages the amassing of as much candy as possible than with a delicious, decadent Painkiller riff?”

This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here to subscribe today!

2 ounces spiced rum
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce blood orange juice
1 ounce pumpkin coconut cream*
Toasted pumpkin seeds, pineapple slice, for garnish


Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a hurricane glass (or whatever fun ceramic glass you might have on hand) over fresh pebble ice. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and pineapple slice. Serve with a wooden straw.

*How to Make Pumpkin Coconut Cream

Combine equal parts pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and coconut cream in a blender. Run on high for 30 seconds to incorporate the ingredients.

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