Pumpkin-Orange-Ginger Cocktail: Latin Twist Recipe


Pumpkin + orange + ginger?  Yes, my friends! These ingredients do come together to make a fun, fresh, colorful and seasonal cocktail!

Let me start by saying I was not, previously, a huge fan of flavored vodkas. However , this may be the dawning of a new era! I received a gift of organic pumpkin vodka, and upon sipping it, thought of ways to combine it. Though I’m sure there are others, this is the one I played with, and liked.  And so my friends, I present the Pumpkin-Orange-Ginger Cocktail to you!

Pumpkin Cocktail

As in any recipe, the key with this one is having fresh ingredients on hand. All you need per serving is the following: 1) ginger simple syrup (see my recipe here, but don’t add the lemon juice!), about 1 ounce or to taste.  2) fresh-squeezed orange juice , about 2 ounces. 3) organic—or even better, homemade—pumpkin vodka, about 1 1/2 ounces! Combine all in a shaker with ice, shake, strain, garnish (here I used an orange slice!) and serve!

What should you serve the Pumpkin-Orange-Ginger Cocktail with? Here are some ideas:

Ceviche! Toasted Arepas with Mango Chutney, Grilled Fish or Chicken, Pumpkin Fritters (this could be your dessert!) and more. As always, mis amigos, the sky’s the limit! ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!


About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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