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By: Enrique Gili on Oct. 8, 2012, 6:15 p.m.
Pumpkin Liquor

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Pumpkin Liquor

Pumpkins augur the onset of winter. Infusing vodka with the king of fall produce ought to improve your outlook, combining the flavors of fall with a hint of caramel.
Pumpkin Liquor

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hour plus 6 weeks

Yield: Makes about 1 quart


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 vanilla beans, split
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, cracked
  • 6 whole cloves allspice
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 inches fresh ginger, sliced
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups roasted pumpkin, cubed
  • 4 cups decent quality vodka
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, optional
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon, optional
Cooking directions
  1. To make syrup, bring water to boil in heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add sugar. Stir and reduce heat. Add vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, clove, ginger and nutmeg. Stir and remove from heat. Allow syrup to cool, about 30 minutes.
  2. Toss cubed pumpkin into tall wide-mouthed jar. Pour vodka over cubes. Add 1 cup syrup. Seal and gently shake contents. Refrigerate up to 1 week, shaking daily. At week's end, add maple syrup to sweeten and bourbon to darken, if needed.
  3. Strain contents through metal sieve into airtight container. Seal and store in a cool dark place for 5 to 6 weeks. Shake periodically. Strain contents into a clean bottle.