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New Year’s resolution No. 1: Wake up under a man instead of magazines. Resolution No. 2: Consume less booze. Unless it facilitates No. 1.
Ring in 2009 with a festive holiday drink by local mixologist Dave Osborne.
Harvest Pumpkin Cocktail Serves two
Ingredients 3 oz. pumpkin-infused vodka (see below) 1 oz. grade A maple syrup ½ oz. fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon)
Pumpkin-Infused Vodka 2 l vodka Roasted flesh of one small pumpkin (sugar pie variety preferred) 2 cinnamon sticks 2 whole nutmegs 1 fresh bay leaf 5 whole cloves 1 vanilla bean, split
1. Combine pumpkin-infused vodka ingredients in a glass jar. Let infuse for a minimum of five days.
2. Strain solids from pumpkin-infused vodka. Filter through a coffee filter or funnel to remove remaining bits and pieces.
3. Combine vodka with syrup and lemon juice and shake over ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
4. Garnish with a lemon twist or roasted pumpkin seeds.