Emma Emerson is an architect by day, and edits food blog Gastronomista by night. She shares her delicious and often booze-filled findings with Food Republic.

Fall is wonderful, despite cornucopias filled with fake orange hued leaves and heirloom gourds — and perhaps the worst offender, autumnal-flavored foods. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of pumpkin pie, but only on Thanksgiving, or if there’s any left over, the next day. For breakfast. Cold. Other autumnal foods are often overly artificial tasting and saccharine-sweet — pumpkin beer perhaps being the worst offender (but if you have to have them, drink these)

Despite my general malaise towards most seasonal foods, I have found the ultimate autumnal cocktail: The Hell Yeah. It was created by bartender Steve Wood, who harks from the experimental cocktail bar at John J. Jeffries in Lancaster, PA. Inspired by the hops harvested from his garden, a bitey IPA and a mighty bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon. This cocktail is a rift on the New Orleans classic cocktail, the Sazerac, with a hit of garden freshness and the bitter kick of a hoppy pint.

Hops are easy enough to get — you can buy them by the pound online. We recommend Chinook Leafed Hops or any other hop used to make IPA. Or, if you happen to already grow hops, they should be ready to harvest right about…now.