Drink Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

 

Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

2 oz pumpkin-infused vodka (recipe follows)
½ oz simple syrup
3 ginger snap cookies, ground into crumbs
1 slice orange
1 fresh nutmeg, grated fine
Freshly whipped cream

Chill a martini glass. Place cookie crumbs in a shallow dish. Moisten outer rim of chilled martini glass with and coat rim with cookie crumbs by dipping it in dish. Lift glass, keeping it upside down, and gently remove any crumbs from inside rim to prevent them from falling into cocktail.

Fill a cocktail mixing glass with ice and add 2 oz of pumpkin-infused vodka. Add simple syrup. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into prepared martini glass. Top with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Makes 1 serving.

Pumpkin-infused vodka
1 small (3-4 lb) organic sugar pumpkin
1 fresh vanilla bean pod
1 cinnamon stick
20 cloves
14–16 cardamom pods
1 litre vodka

To make infusion, cut pumpkin in half and remove pulp and seeds from inside (do not discard). Slice pumpkin into long strips and remove outer skin with a sharp knife, then cut pumpkin flesh into small pieces approximately ½-inch thick.

Place half of sliced pumpkin into a 2-litre jar with a tight-closing lid. Make an incision down length of vanilla pod, then insert it into infusion jar with pumpkin pieces. Add cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom pods. Separate pulp from seeds and put pulp into infusion jar.

Add remaining cubes of pumpkin and fill jar with vodka. Let sit for approximately 2 weeks at room temperature; occasionally stir mixture gently with a spoon. During infusion time flavour of spices will evolve and a brownish-orange colour will be extracted.

Once infusion is complete, line a colander with a single layer of cheesecloth and place it in a large bowl to strain mixture. Press pumpkin with a muddling stick or back of a spoon.

Re-strain resulting vodka through a new single layer of cheesecloth to remove sediment. Funnel infused vodka back into an empty bottle and store in refrigerator. (Keeps indefinitely.)

Don't have time to make pumpkin-infused vodka? Try one of these pumpkin-infused liqueurs.

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