When the temperature starts dropping and the days get shorter, autumn is on its way. For some of us, fall could easily be renamed "pumpkin spice season." And although thoughts tend to turn toward pumpkin beers, the Show-Me State likes to get creative with its fall beverages.
In early fall, Hemman Winery
in Brazeau gets busy cutting up pumpkins for a small, very special batch of wine made from 100 percent pumpkin. Since none of the traditional pie spices are added, it has the aroma of a fresh-carved pumpkin, but the flavor is mellower –
more like a honeydew melon. It's available now, but you'd better not wait – it's very popular.
At Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Pumpkin Bread Rooibos takes center stage. The special fall and winter blend includes currants, ginger, safflower and just the right amount of pumpkin gingerbread spice. It brews up into a tea that is smooth, rich and full-bodied. It's also rich in anti-oxidants and naturally caffeine-free.
Big Momma's Coffee in Springfield gets into the spirit of the season with a big punch. Their Pumpkin King Latte contains two shots of espresso, steamed milk, pumpkin spice and cinnamon.
Lakota Coffee Company in Columbia has you covered whether you like to brew your own – with their Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee Beans – or order a Pumpkin Pie Latte Espresso Drink served up hot and fresh.
You didn't think we'd just ignore fall's favorite beer, did you? The Pumpkin Ale from Schlafly Brewing Company in St. Louis is a perennial favorite – but if you buy by the pack instead of by the glass, keep your eyes open. Like an autumnal "Easter egg," 1,000 bottles (that's all they make) of their very exclusive White Pumpkin Ale are hidden in random six-packs of their traditional Pumpkin Ale.