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

Persimmon Cocktails

Persimmon Sour from Serious Eats

Persimmon Sour from Serious Eats

I love persimmons! However, the persimmon doesn’t get much love. When you’re not eating them, you should be drinking them. With liquor! Why are you not doing this right now? It’s very autumnal. Here are some fall persimmon cocktails to try.

Spice Trade ~ I’m starting off fancy: a genever and persimmon cocktail with an anise and cardamom syrup for depth and sweetness.

Orange-Persimmon Margarita ~ It’s margarita time … only with persimmon added to the mix to give you some fall fruit goodness.

Persimmon Sour ~ Persimmon puree, gin and lime with a little simple syrup is a simple and satisfying fresh cocktail.

Persimmon Rum Spritzer ~ Refreshing and lightly sweet for those fall days that feel a little more like summer (we’ve been having a lot of those where I live).

Persimmon Mojitos ~ Mint and bubbles give the persimmon (and fall) a little oomph.

Cranberry Margarita

cranberrymargaritaIn honor of Thanksgiving, I got together with Savvy Housekeeping for a turkey-day-appropriate cocktail: the Cranberry Margarita! Aside from the gorgeous, deep red color, this drink has a refreshing tartness that is just the thing for a holiday built around heavy savory foods.

We used 100% cranberry juice for that true cranberry pucker. However, if you like things a little sweeter you can either add a little simple syrup (or agave) or you can use sweetened cranberry juice cocktail. Hey, this could even be a job for cran-apple, cran-raspberry, or another cran-juice.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Margarita

1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1 oz tequila
1/2 oz triple sec

Shake ingredients over ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. Spear fresh cranberries for garnish.

DIY Liqueurs for Fall

20121116-230136-diycranberryliqueurThe crunch of leaves under my feet. The chill in the air. The desire to cozy up inside with a good drink … or a good project. It’s fall! DIY liqueurs are very easy to make with ordinary ingredients. No special equipment required! Here are a few seasonal cocktail projects that will help you celebrate fall:

DIY Cranberry Liqueur ~ With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may have a bag of these tart little berries chilling in your fridge already. This liqueur will help you capture that feeling for months to come.

DIY Pumpkin Liqueur ~ Pumpkin pie … in a drinkable format, who could ask for anything more. It’s a surprisingly versatile ingredient that’s great in hot drinks, too.

DIY Honey Liqueur ~ Honey pairs well with the spices and fruits we love to savor during fall. This liqueur is dead simple and delicious.

DIY Allspice Dram ~ Speaking of spice, this allspice liqueur (aka allspice dram or pimento dram) is a staple for Tiki drinks yet also pairs well with apple and pear cocktails. How autumnal!

DIY Pear Liqueur ~ Splash this homemade pear liqueur in some sparkling wine for a quick and elegant cocktail treat. Pears are plentiful this time of year, so you’d better stock up on Champagne, too.