Who doesn't love a spicy ginger? Heaven knows I do. There's Prince Harry….Michael Fassbender...
Oh wait, this is a cocktail article - whoops!
Did you see what I did there? I crack myself up.
When the leaves begin to change and you pull your sweaters from the attic, something in our palate changes and our cocktail cravings switch from blended margaritas and jello shots to something a little more savory and seasonal.
Looking for a delicious Thanksgiving signature cocktail? Look no further!
This delicious 'Tini' takes a little forethought and prep but is totally worth it when you see your guests' reactions. Besides, who wouldn't love a tall drink of Fassbender?
First things first, we are going to make a pumpkin infusion :
Place the oven rack in the center position.
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place Kabocha or pumpkin halves onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, cut side down.
Bake until blistered and soft enough that the blade of a sharp knife can easily piece through the skin, about 1 hour.
Once cooked remove from oven and set aside until it's cool enough to handle, but still quite warm.
Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh out in large chunks.
Place the chunks into a large non-reactive container or Mason jar.
Add a bottle of inexpensive vodka while the flesh is still warm. This will assist in the infusion process.
Cover and set aside in a dark area for 3 to 5 days, swirling the mixture occasionally.
Once complete, strain the liquid through a wire-mesh sieve double-lined with damp cheese cloth into an airtight container, discarding solids. This infusion makes more than you need for just one cocktail, it may be covered and refrigerated up to 1 month.
At the same time as you create your infusion, begin a Ginger/Cardamom infusion :
In a small saucepan add a large piece of chopped or grated ginger (skin on is fine), a cup of sugar and a cup of water to a simmer, then turn off and let cool.
Add a cup and a half of brandy and several cardamom pods or some ground cardamom, and pour into another glass jar.
If you have extra space I would top off with cool water.
Set aside with your pumpkin infusion.
Now it's drinking time :
In your shaker (or mason jar if you don't have a shaker) add:
2 ounces Pumpkin Vodka
1/4 ounce maple syrup
1/4 ounce Ginger Cardamom Liqueur
1/4 ounce lemon juice
3 drops Bitters
Shake! Then strain into a martini glass and enjoy. Your guests will be blown away!
Tweet us and tell us how it went. Infusions are addictive, so welcome to your new hobby, BTW.