Happy Halloween! Here is a treat for all the grown-ups. Put aside the candy and whip up a fancy cocktail. Bourbon makes everything better! Halloween is one of the holidays that is definitely better as an adult; you can buy your own candy, costumes can be subtle or outrageous, and booze. I'm not dressing up this year, but I'm excited to be able to pass out candy!
For this special, fall themed-edition of Secret Recipe Club, I had Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, you can read all about her! She is not afraid of unique flavors and interesting ingredients. I have had her blog several times before, and it is always a treat searching for fun recipe to try out. Having her blog to find a fall themed recipe was so easy when she has participated in pumpkin week and has a great recipe index.
As everyone knows, bourbon is favorite. Pumpkin and pumpkin spices are also favorites. When it's all put together it's magic! The drink is fantastic with the warm pumpkin spices and a little bit of creaminess from the actual pumpkin. Pumpkin spice syrup adds just the right amount of sweetness. Topping the drink with soda water is a lovely touch at the end. There are few steps involved, but trust me, it's worth it!
Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon Fizz
Adapted from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Yield - 1 cocktail, easily multiplied
Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1” knob fresh ginger
- 2 cardamom pods, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon + 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin puree
- 1-2 tablespoons pumpkin spice simple syrup (see above)
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
- ice cubes
- sparkling water
Simple syrup - In a small saucepan add all the ingredients and bring to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the flavors accordingly.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
Bottle and let cool.
Cocktail time - Mix the sugar and cinnamon. Wet the rim of the cocktail glass and dip into the cinnamon sugar. Let dry.
Add the pumpkin puree, simple syrup, bourbon, and a few ice cubes to a shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into the prepared glass over ice. Add sparkling water and drink responsibly.