Pumpkin flavor is all around us this time of year, with pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pies. Keeping that in mind, I wanted to add some pumpkin flavoring to a favorite of many Americans, ice cream. Adding some delicious liqueur flavors makes this a yummy adult treat.
October 26 is National Pumpkin Day, and to recognize the world's favorite gourd we are making homemade pumpkin liqueur
Homemade Pumpkin Liqueur
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup sugar
• 4 cinnamon sticks
• 1 whole clove
• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
• 3/4 cup vodka
Bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and pumpkin puree and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Strain through fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth, pressing with the bottom of a ladle to extract as much liquid as possible.
Once syrup is cool, mix with vodka and let rest in a sealed glass container for a minimum of two days. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
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