Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

The Pumpkin Spice Craze is here

All Spices

Photo Courtesy of Joel Maus _ Lorely Meza

Love it or hate it, pumpkin spice flavors are here to stay. As controversial as when stores start selling Christmas trees, pumpkin spice seems to come before September. Embrace the trend and go for a rustic simplicity with this table that has muted pumpkin tones rather than overt bold oranges. The sage-y colors are a nice balance to the fall flavors as well.

Spicy Pumpkins

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Spice up your pumpkin decor for an alternative look with these color changing pumpkin lights. Beautifully adorned, these translucent pumpkins change from blue, red, purple, or green. Perfect for evening pumpkin lighting that doesn’t involve carving and candles.

Pumpkin Party

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Get hands-on with your pumpkin at this pumpkin carving party. Provide the tools, the pumpkins, the templates, and leave the creativity up to your guests.

Spiced Cocktail

Get your pumpkin spice fix a little differently this year with a pumpkin spiced cocktail. This whiskey drink is sure to please even your non-pumpkin spice lovers.
For 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
For the Cocktails:
whisky tumblers
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!

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