kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere...

pumpkins your glass, and I happen to love it. Here is a yummy drink recipe, compliments of Vermilion (and available there, too):
Pumpkin Patch Cocktail 1.5 oz Grey Goose la Poire Vodka 1 teaspoon ginger simple syrup (see below) 2 tablespoons Pumpkin Puree with added spices (see below) A splash of half & half (about 2 tablespoons) A splash of soda water (about 2 tablespoons) 1 lemon slice squeezed for juices Toasted pumpkin seeds and ground cinnamon for garnish

Add the first 6 ingredients into a mixer and shake vigorously for a few seconds until ingredients are combined and mixture is frothy. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish the top of the cocktail with toasted pumpkin seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Puree with Spices In a medium saucer over medium-low heat combine: 1 ½ cups Pumpkin Puree (likely available seasonally in the frozen foods section of specialty grocery stores) 1 cup plain white sugar ½ cup Water Cook over med-low heat until blended together and warm. Add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg Reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes so flavors blend. Take off the heat and put into a bowl to cool. Once it has reached room temperature store in the refrigerator.

Ginger Simple Syrup In a small sauce pan combine 1 pint Sugar 1 pint Water 6 tablespoons of peeled, sliced fresh ginger Simmer on a low heat until the mixture reaches a syrup consistency. Take off the stove and let it cool to room temperature.Once cool, strain through a fine mesh sieve and keep covered in your refrigerator.