So in case you were wondering as to my absence online for much of this past week, I’ll attribute a lot of it to the fact that Connecticut was hit with a major storm that knocked out power for over 800,000 CT residents – I was one of the very lucky few to be without power for seven very chilly nights. I have more photos to upload still, but Steve posted some on the other blog, if you care to give them a glance. So, without further ado, here are two drinks I did have an opportunity to enjoy while making a carefully-crafted beverage was still an option:
Give ’em Pumpkin!
We take for granted the ability to heat up liquids to make warming beverages. In this case, it was boiling some milk for a chilly evening’s hot chocolate.
To my hot chocolate, I added in one part of Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur as per the sage advice provided by Will Gordon (you can read his insights on the Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple Liqueurs here). It was delightful and added a subtle, but darling taste of vanilla, pumpkin and graham cracker.
Additionally, having ice to shake a proper cocktail also fails one when power is gone for days and the freezer stops running (though I probably could have used snow on the ground the first day or so…). But for a pre-storm Halloween party, the Pumpkin Cocktail made another debut but, this time, without the use of either cream or half and half. I enjoyed making this cocktail for party guests without the creamy texture and also reveled in not providing yet another orange beverage (thank you, Kahlua) on the bar menu.
For my Pumpkin Cocktail, perfect for pleasing those in the crowd with sweeter palates, we just measured equal parts of Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice, ABSOLUT Vodka and Kahlua Rum & Coffee Liqueur. For garnish, a bit of Pumpkin Pie Spice (or cinnamon will do just fine and dandy, too) on top is all you will need.