It’s pumpkin spice seasonwhether you’re ready or not.
While the PSL — or Pumpkin Spice Latte — was made popular by Starbucks in 2003, our definition of when to fall forever changed. actually begins, references to pumpkin spice have been around for much longer. According to Food and wine, an early mention of the spice blend, which often includes a repeat of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, can be found in a 1798 reprint of the cookbook American cuisine. Premixed pumpkin pie spice blends from companies such as McCormick & Company and Thompson & Taylor Spice Co. came out in the 1930s and eventually found their way into dishes beyond pumpkin pie.
Still, it’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte that often dominates conversations about pumpkin spice, with many people having polarizing feelings for the drink. Not a fan of the PSL? These local restaurants are tapping into the pumpkin spice craze with their own dishes and cocktails, from pumpkin spice cheesecake to pumpkin spice martinis.
Kelsey Munger, founder of Lavender Bee Baking Co. at Monumental Market in Jamaica Plain, has always used seasonal ingredients to create its rotating pop tarts, which come in flavors such as blueberry basil, lemon lavender, or goat cheese with pumpkin and tarragon. Until November, guests can enjoy a pumpkin cheesecake pop tart at Monumental, which features flakey dough filled with pumpkin-spiced cheesecake and topped with a maple glaze. Combine it with a cup of coffee from El Colombiano coffee, which shares the landmark space with Munger’s peanut and nut-free baking company. (36 South Street, Boston)
Pumpkin spice cheesecake at The Running of the Bulls
Bull Run in Shirley has been a local favorite for 75 years for its well-executed classics and lively entertainment (the restaurant’s prime rib is worth a visit alone). New to the fall menu: a pumpkin spice cheesecake made with a pecan and graham cracker crust, a spiced cheesecake filling, and homemade pecan and pumpkin seed brittle. (215 Great Road, Shirley)
Maple Pumpkin Spice Donut at Kane’s Donuts
Local donut shop Kane’s is fully embracing the pumpkin spice season, releasing a new pumpkin spice donut in September, October and November. The store just launched its maple pumpkin spice donut, an amalgamation of two classic fall ingredients. The pumpkin spice dough is topped with Kanes’ signature honey-dipped glaze infused with Vermont maple syrup, making for a very New England take on a classic fall treat. Find it at Kane’s locations in Saugus and Boston, as well as at golden belly. (Multiple locations)
Pumpkin spice drumsticks with FoMu
For a twist on traditional pumpkin ice cream, FoMu gets in the fall mood with pumpkin spice drumsticks. The local vegan ice cream chain filled sugar cones with homemade caramel and pumpkin spice ice cream, drizzled the ice cream with white chocolate and topped it off with natural orange sprinkles. Find these seasonal treats at FoMu stores in Allston, Jamaica Plain, the Fenway and South End. (Multiple locations)
Drunken Pumpkin Bee city tap
“No Time to Die,” the latest James Bond movie, hits theaters on October 8 — right around the time City Tap releases its new fall-inspired martini. While Bond certainly wouldn’t order his pumpkin pie spice martinis (shaken or stirred), this one is worth a try. Fort Point’s restaurant and bar makes the Drunken Pumpkin with vanilla vodka, Baileys, Becherovka (an herbal liqueur), and pumpkin puree; the drink is then topped with a dash of pumpkin pie spice for some added fall flair.
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