Bols used to make a Pumpkin Smash Liqueur which is no longer on the market. This variation on that is full of sweet, autumnal flavor that’s perfect for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. It makes a number of delicious cocktails.
Its appearance in the early stages looks like something a mad scientist created that is going to crawl out of its container at eat Cleveland. But instead, you will end up with a flavorful, exotic and comforting liqueur that has a number of earthy qualities and is surprisingly tasty.
- 1 bottle 100 Proof Vodka; 1.75 litres
- Libby’s Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix; 30 ounce can
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 4 1/2 vanilla beans (split) or about 3 Tablespoons (close to an ounce) of vanilla extract
- 10 whole allspice
- 10 whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground fresh nutmeg
- 4 1/2 Cups sugar
- 6 Cups water
- 3 teaspoons food grade glycerin (Beer supply outlets have this)
- food coloring – 35 total drops color (28 yellow, 7 red)
- You’ll need a big, wide-mouth jar, such as a big pickling jar seen in the picture above. Clean and sterilize the jar and lid really well. Toss in all the ingredients in the first part of the list. Stir and shake it around to mix well. Close up the jar and put it in a cool area to steep for two weeks. Stir and shake it every couple of days.
- After two weeks, we strain the concoction through a filter bag. Buy one from a beer supply place, not too fine at this point. At this time, we make and add the syrup. Put the sugar and water in a large pan and heat to boiling then simmering for 5 minutes, without stirring. Let cool. Pour the syrup into the big jar and stir it up. Close it back up and put it back in a dark, cool location for three more weeks. Once again, stir or shake the liqueur occasionally.
- After the 3 weeks, it is time to start filtering, finishing, and bottling the liqueur. Filtering is tough. The liqueur should have a nice orange crystal clear look that is difficult to achieve. The best method is to use a gold coffee filter with extra paper coffee filters in it. This takes quite a while and you’ll use many paper coffee filters before you are done. But it comes out nice when complete. You will have to go through at least five filterings, allowing the liqueur to settle for a week between each.
- The final finishing step is to add the glycerin, and the orange coloring. Then find some nice bottles to put your finished product in.
- The final proof should be somewhere around the neighborhood of 24% alcohol by volume or about 48 Proof.
- While it takes a little time, the result is well worth it.