Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blog Crush - 52 dinners

I looked up this blog after reading a post from my friend Emily on FB about the insanely delicious pumpkin infused vodka she made over the weekend. I think I may have a new holiday treat to enjoy this year. Here's the recipe (I'll let you know how it turns out)

Pumpkin-infused Vodka
2-3 lb. pie pumpkin
1 liter vodka
1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
2 nutmeg seeds
2 cinnamon sticks
For the simple syrup and cocktail:
2 parts brown sugar
1 part watercream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice pumpkin in half, place flesh-side down in a pan filled with an inch of water.
Roast until tender with fork, approximately 35 minutes.
Cool pumpkin in fridge. When ready to handle, scoop meat with spoon into a large, sealable glass jar and muddle with vodka.

Give it a nice shake once a day. Allow infusion to sit for at least one week - although more time is preferable. Two days before straining, add sliced vanilla bean, nutmeg and cinnamon.

The day of, bring water for simple syrup to boil. Add brown sugar, and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool. Add a splash of simple syrup - enough to sweeten the drink but not overpower it. Same goes for the cream.

Serve over ice.

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