Pumpkin Spice Whisky Cocktails
Nothing warms me up after a cold and muddy day at the farm quite like a whisky cocktail! We are doing a lot of clean up work in the fields and it’s been stormy and cold. Thank god for these farm fresh cocktails to cozy up with at the end of a rough day in the dirt.
As you all know, one of my favorite ways to wind down in the evenings is to spend a little quality time in my kitchen. I usually pour myself a drink, turn on some music and totally relax while preparing dinner. This is a ritual I look forward to every single day. So naturally, when the gals from A Kitchen Box reached out to me to see if I could share some kitchen inspiration for their October boxes I jumped at the chance! These gals speak my language. Their mission is to keep food lovers and home cooks inspired in the kitchen. Each subscription is a themed box that arrives in the mail once a month and includes something to see, taste, listen, and try. Yours truly was the guest recipe developer for their October box, appropriately named the “Farm to Table” box.
The box includes 3 farm to table recipes, a Tumbleweed Farm beet postcard, oregon honey, northwest farro, a paring knife, music download, and last but not least a flour sack towel. And guess what? This box of inspiration can belong to one lucky DUTD reader. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me what your favorite autumn recipe is to prepare when the weather is grey and cold. Taylor is going to pick a winner at random- I’ll total up the number of comments and he’ll pick the number. Also, the lovely gals from A Kitchen Box are offering DUTD readers $10 off A Kitchen Box subscription. At check out enter code: dishingupthedirt in the coupon field. With the holidays coming this would make a rad gift!
Speaking of the holidays it’s almost Halloween! I’m not much of a candy eater but I do love a festive cocktail. I’m not pretending to be a mixologist but these cocktails turned out pretty awesome. I’ve been experimenting with making simple syrups with honey and maple syrup and this version is delicious. Play around with the measurements and add more or less whisky to each cocktail. I hope you all enjoy these drinks as much as we do. Cheers!
Pumpkin Spice Whisky Cocktails
Prep Time: 10 mins. Cook Time: 10 mins. Serves: 4-6For the simple syrup:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger, peeled
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- small pinch of ground cloves
- small pinch of ground allspice
- ice cubes
- soda water
- sugar & cinnamon for the glass rims
- In a saucepan over medium-high heat bring all the ingredients for the simple syrup to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5-8 minutes, stirring often. Taste test and adjust seasonings if necessary. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve. Discard the ginger root.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon on a plate.
- Wet the rim of each cocktail glass. Dip each glass into the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
- For each cocktail combine 1-2 tablespoons of the simple syrup with 1 1/2 ounces of whisky and top with soda water. Stir vigorously (a little separation may happen) until well combine. Add a few ice cubes and enjoy!
Notes*Use this recipe as a guide. *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.