Pumpkin Spice Recipes on Middays With Michelle Dawn Mooney

Photo by Tjololo Photo

Photo by Tjololo Photo

Today I’m a guest on Middays With Michelle Dawn Mooney — talking about pumpkin cocktails for Thanksgiving. Below are the recipes I talked about, plus a few extra ideas for you. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 clove
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

Bring the sugar and water to a boil and then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes, then strain and refrigerate. Add a tablespoon of vodka, if desired, to increase the shelf life. Continue reading

DIY Bitters Recipes

cherry-bittersEven though you only use a drop or two, bitters are a very important cocktail ingredient. They can be the finishing touch  … or the thing that turns an unbalanced, so-so cocktail into a perfect drink. They take a little time to make at home, but if you’re into cocktail projects, it’s worth it.

Aromatic Bitters ~ This recipe produces something similar to Angostura bitters, also known as the bitters that most cocktail recipes call for. Everything from a Manhattan to a Pisco Sour includes this type of bitters.

Hellfire Bitters ~ Spicy bitters work well with cocktails that have a strong base liquor, such as mezcal or whiskey. A drop or two in a beer adds a little touch of heat and flavor as well.

Cherry Bitters ~ Used in place of aromatic or Angostura bitters, these give a hint of fruit to your drink without making your drink sweet.

In Bloom Bitters ~ Floral bitters mix well with tequila and gin drinks, complementing the herbal notes of the spirit.

Rhubarb Bitters ~ This is my Gin and Tonic helper. A little grapefruit and a few drops of Rhubarb Bitters makes for a fun and slightly different G&T.

Cucumber Cocktails

Bonkers Awesome Grapefruit Cucumber Cocktail from Joy the Baker

Bonkers Awesome Grapefruit Cucumber Cocktail from Joy the Baker

Stay cool as a cucumber this summer with a cucumber cocktail … or two. Whether your garden is overflowing with these little guys or you pick some up at the market, they’re a  light and lovely addition to summer drinks.

Cucumber Mojito ~ Take the classic cool Mojito and add the refreshing power of cucumber.

Eastside Rickey ~ If you’re more of a gin person, then this cucumber-enhanced cocktail would be a good choice if you’re in the mood for a summery Mojito-like drink.

Cucumber Margarita ~ Pair this one with a warm summer night and a spicy meal on the patio.

Bonkers Awesome Grapefruit and Cucumber Cocktail ~ Cucumber’s delicate flavor is combined with grapefruit and ginger beer for an exciting gin cocktail.

Cucumber and Basil Slush ~ This frozen vodka cocktail shows off the way cucumber and basil are the perfect pair.

Fresh Tomato Cocktails

I have three tomato plants fully loaded with sweet summer tomatoes. I never ever get sick of fresh tomatoes, but I’m always looking for new ways to use them in food … and cocktails. Aside from the Bloody Mary, there are many other ways to drink your tomatoes. Here are some recipes for garden-fresh tomato cocktails.

La Tomatina ~ Though this gin drink shares a few ingredients with the Bloody Mary, the addition of sherry gives it a unique character.

Tomato Martini ~ This recipe offers a slightly sweet twist on the classic Martini by using tomato-infused gin and adding a splash of Lillet.

Tomato Margarita ~ Fennel salt on the rim is a nice touch for this sweet and savory summer take on the Margarita.

Tomato Gin Cobbler with Peaches and Basil ~ Peaches and basil are summer’s other amazing flavors, so it makes sense that they’d mix together so well for a refreshing summer drink.

Heirloom Tomato Mojito ~ Tequila, tomatoes, basil and a touch of balsamic vinegar transform this warm-weather classic into a whole new cocktail.

Photo by Jackson Stakeman

Frozen Cocktails

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie from Serious Eats

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie from Serious Eats

Whip out the blender and cool down with one of these creative frozen cocktails! Each of these is a summery take on a classic cocktail.

Frozen Mint Julep ~ Turn a classic summer cocktail into something even cooler with this simple recipe.

Frozen Peach Old Fashioned ~ Here’s another frozen twist on a classic, with the addition of sweet summer fruit.

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie ~ A White Negroni is already a fun variation on the Negroni that uses Cocchi Americano instead of Campari. Add watermelon and make it cool for a sophisticated summer treat.

Frozen Coconut Margaritas ~ Imagine yourself on a white sand beach with this creamy cool cocktail in hand.

Blended Cherry Mojitos ~ Fresh cherries are everywhere, so use them in one of the most fun ways possible … mojitos!