Every Halloween in my house, we spend hours scooping out the insides of numerous pumpkins and carving spooky faces into the outsides (with varying degrees of success). And every year, I always lament at the amount of pumpkin pulp that is thrown away.
So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered that the pumpkin could be used in cocktails to make some truly delicious and vitamin-rich drinks that can be enjoyed at Halloween and beyond!
Pop some pumpkin pieces in a blender to make a smooth pumpkin puree. Then, muddle together half a lime, half an ounce of agave nectar and a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. You then need to add one and a half ounces of cachaça and the same amount of pumpkin puree with a scoop of ice and thoroughly shake the mixture to combine. Strain over ice and garnish with nutmeg and a lime wheel.
Spiced Pumpkin Punch
If ever a cocktail was made to be served as punch at a Halloween party, then it was the Spiced Pumpkin Punch. Made with one ounce of pumpkin puree combined with a teaspoon of honey, an ounce of fresh lemon juice, two ounces bourbon, a tiny bit of fresh grated ginger and ground cinnamon in a cocktail shaker, all the ingredients are then strained over ice. The glass is topped up with ginger beer and the whole thing is garnished with a cinnamon stick and a few sage leaves.
Pumpkin Spice Margarita
These tasty beverages are great at any time of the year, especially if you are enjoying a particularly mild autumn so far. They are created by combining an ounce of fresh lime juice, an ounce of fresh lemon juice, two ounces of tequila, a tablespoon of pumpkin puree and a splash of Cointreau with a scoop of ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain the concoction over ice and a splash of water and garnish with an orange twist and a pinch of cinnamon.
Even if you don’t intend to carve any pumpkins this year, with the abundance of the fruit in the shops, it would be a shame to pass up such a great opportunity to enjoy these delicious drinks. The pumpkin adds a creaminess to the cocktails without being overpowering or too sweet, and tastes amazing with bourbon. We guarantee that you will be craving these drinks all year round!