Thursday, September 9, 2010

Autumn Ablazed - my own delicious pumpkin cocktail

My submission for the About.com pumpkin cocktail contest. All pumpkin cocktails recipes carry some version of nutmeg on them. Either sprinkled or grated. I wanted to change that. For my pumpkin is Autumn. Pumpkin reminds me of the feeling of comfort, of enjoyment, of happiness, of life firing in my belly!!. I wanted to have that on a drink. Since I create my own Hell-fire bitters, I put them to the test with the creamy and smooth aftertaste of pumpkins. To round up the flavors, i sensed that i needed a fruity nose to it, but with some refinement, that is why Brandy came to mind. Additionally, Demerara rums have a rich, raw brown sugar flavor that could be the perfect finish to coordinate a rich, amazing drink with just a hint of hot spices.  After playing with amounts and proportions to get the right balance, I decided that this creamy libation needed to be serve over crushed ice to dissolve evenly while sipping it in front of the chimney.



  • 1 1/2 oz Brandy
  • 1/2 oz Dark Rum (1)
  • 1/3 oz Pumpkin Spice Syrup (2)
  • 1/3 oz Pumpkin Schnapps
  • 1 1/3 oz Half and Half (cream/ milk)
  • 1 dash Hell-fire bitters (3)



Instructions
Shake with Ice in a cocktail shaker and then strain into an Crushed Ice-filled Lowball Glass. Garnish with a Cinnamon stick and then, insert a straw that has been cut to 1-inch above the top of the cup so the nose is forced close to the cinnamon when sipping this Autumn Ablazed.

Notes:
(1) Any Brown sugar cane rum or Demerara rums works best.
(2) Torani and Monin brands carry Pumpkin Spice Syrup
(3) I recommend doing your own Hell Fire Bitters

A little advice

  • El Dorado rum, Captain Morgan, Mount Gay Rum, Ron Viejo de Caldas, Flor de Caña, Zacapa... any of these Caribbean rums would work just fine.
  • My homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup is really easy to do. See below for the recipe.
  • My homemade Hellfire bitters recipe is at the end of the blog. 

Pumpkin Spice Syrup 
Simmer in sauce pan: 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pre-cooked pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp mace

stir until sugar dissolves, Cool slightly, then stir in about a shot of Cognac.Strain using coffee filter.

Hellfire Bitters 
My own recipe - easy to do 
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 2 oz Rum
  • 1 oz water
  • 1 oz coffee

In a small pot, muddle the jalapeño. Add rum and muddle some more. Mix in the coffee and the water; cover on low heat for 10 min. Cool. strain, let sit for 6 hours. Use dropper to pour over drinks.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for submitting that drink! I really cannot wait to try it. Here's the link to the published submission. http://cocktails.about.com/u/sty/cocktail_contest/Pumpkin-Cocktail-Contest-September-2010/Autumn-Ablazed-Cocktail-Recipe---Pumpkin-Cocktail-Contest.htm
    -Colleen
    Cocktails Guide, About.com

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