It's not a secret that I'm not a huge fan of Halloween.  I'm guessing  it's partly because I do not have children and two, I didn't have the best experiences with it while I was growing up.  It was always super cold and windy to go trick or treating and walking around in a costume felt uncomfortable.  It wasn't until I moved to Scottsdale that I began to enjoy it....and that ironically was as an adult.  October in the Valley of the Sun is roughly 80 degrees so the parties were great fun outdoors and the the costumes seemed a little more hilarious on adults.  That and the cocktails were to die for.  This reminded me of those good old days.  Found on the inspirational wedding blog, Swooned, these women know how to make a cocktail for any occasion.  This Spiced Pumpkin Shrub is almost too perfect for just Halloween---I think it may have to be carried well into the Thanksgiving season.  Enjoy!


| ingredients |
1 small sugar pumpkin, roasted to yield 2 cups
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 inch of sliced fresh ginger
1 1/2 cup of cider vinegar
5 tablespoons of pumpkin shrub
1 1/2 ounces of vodka
ginger ale to fill glass
maple syrup
vanilla bean and sanding sugar to garnish
| directions |
to make shrub, cut stem from pumpkin
and slice in half
scoop and remove seeds
place pumpkin, skin side up
on a baking sheet
bake at 350F for 45 minutes
let cool and scoop pumpkin from skin
add two cups of roasted pumpkin
to a jar, add sugar and shake
store in the fridge for several hours
pass the pumpkin mix 
through a food mill or sieve
return milled liquid to a jar

to make the cocktail
coat the rim of the glass with maple syrup
and dip in sanding sugar
add ice to glass followed by pumpkin and vodka
stir and top off with ginger ale
garnish with vanilla bean

| enjoy | 
while you are hanging with friends--with or without silly costumes.  no miley's allowed.