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Drink in Autumn

Day 25:

A nice way to relax after a long week is to kick back with a cocktail. Before dinner or after dinner is the perfect time to enjoy (I had one at both times today)

I like to keep it simple with cocktails. No fancy alcohols, no exotic ingredients. This Pumpkin Cider Cocktail from Food Mayhem fit the bill.

Ingredients

  • pinch spice mix (equal parts cinnamon, allspice, & nutmeg)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated ginger and ginger sticks to garnish (Ginger Sticks are optional, we didn’t have any)
  • ice as needed
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1 ounce spiced rum

Instructions

1. Toast spice mix in a dry pan until fragrant.  Remove pan from heat and add freshly grated ginger and pumpkin puree. Stir well to combine. (OK, So maybe toasting spices isn’t exactly “simple” but it is nicely fragrant. It only take about a minute so no big deal)

2. Pour mixture into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Add rum and apple cider.  Shake vigorously to combine.

Mix it well.

Mix it well.

3. Strain into a champagne flute or cordial glass. (Or mason jar if you are feeling shabby chic) Garnish with a stick of fresh ginger.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

I thoroughly loved this drink. Sarah did as well, she especially liked that it wasn’t too sweet. The Pre-Dinner version was made with Bacardi Rum, whereas the Post-Dinner version was made with Kraken Spiced Rum. I preferred the extra spice that the Kraken brought. Our guests liked the drink as well. I highly recommend this cocktail and look forward to having it again.

-Chris

P.S. Drink responsibly and be over 21 years of age!

 

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A Cuban Delight

Day 4: Pumpkin Mojito

The perfect Summer cocktail is the Mojito. It’s so simple and delicious, fresh mint, lime, sugar and rum. Could we add pumpkin to that to make it the perfect Fall cocktail? Tonight we were going to find out. I found a recipe at a blog called Hostess With Mostest. It was simple enough, replace regular sugar with brown sugar and add a little pumpkin. Well, we had run out of brown sugar from the biscotti, so white would have to do. Otherwise I made the recipe as is.

Time to tend bar.

Time to tend bar.

OK,  may have added more rum as well. We like our drinks a little strong around here. It came out nice and it had a pretty color but it didn’t really have much of a taste. So we doubled the pumpkin. Still nothing. Pumpkin really doesn’t have much flavor. What could we do to differentiate our Summer cocktail and give it a nice Autumnal feel? Spice is the answer. Cinnamon in fact. A little bit was just what it needed.

Cheers!

PUMPKIN MOJITO RECIPE

2 shots of Rum

11 Mint Leaves

Making Sure That They are Fresh

Making Sure That They are Fresh

2 Tbsp Pumpkin

1/2 Lime

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar (we used White)

1/8 to 1/4 tsp of Cinnamon (adjust to taste)

2 oz Soda

Muddle mint leaves, sugar and cinnamon.

Muddle.

Muddle.

Add rum, pumpkin, soda, and juice from 1/2 lime. Mix well, add ice, and garnish with extra mint leaves.

Enjoy

Enjoy

-Chris

The green cup was Penny’s non-alcoholic version. She said she liked it.

Tomorrow is Pumpkin Cauliflower dip and Sunday is Pumpkin Waffles.

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