Friday, October 12, 2012
Death by Pumpkin Cocktail
If you like pumpkin and own an ice cream maker, you've probably already made a batch of pumpkin ice cream. I've certainly been seeing recipes for it everywhere. Alas, I don't own an ice cream maker...yet. I also can't say that I crave ice cream much in chilly weather. But the other day, as I was walking the pup past Sedutto's, a local gourmet ice cream shop, I saw a sign in their window announcing that pumpkin ice cream is now available. I just couldn't resist finding out what it tasted like so I went in, bought a small container and took it home. YUM! As I was shoveling it in and making plans to purchase more, it also occurred to me that it had cocktail potential.
Rummy Pumpkin sensation. That particular delight was such a hit that Brian and I made a large pitcher of it and served it as our house cocktail at Thanksgiving. It uses vanilla ice cream but what, I thought, would happen if I kicked up the pumpkin flavor even more by using the pumpkin ice cream?
And since I was going pumpkin crazy anyway, why not add a touch of pumpkin spice liqueur for three layers of pumpkin flavor. And if 'death by chocolate' is multi-layered chocolate dessert heaven, then this drink was clearly death by pumpkin. A sweet, sweet death. Cheers!
2 oz. Rum
1 oz. Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 oz. Chocolate liqueur
1/2 oz. Pumpkin spice liqueur (optional)
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
2 oz. Pumpkin ice cream
Dash of cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake well until the ice cream melts. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick.