The Great Pumpkin

A cocktail that captures the flavors of pumpkin pie in light and potable form.

2 oz. spiced rum (or for a richer experience, fine aged rum)

3 1/2 tsp. pumpkin purée

1 Kaffir lime leaf (optional)

3 tsp. simple syrup (we used the excellent Sonoma Syrup Co. Cinnamon Infused Simple Syrup)

Pinch each ground nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger

1/2 tsp.  lemon juice, freshly squeezed (recommend the orange-y taste of Meyer lemons)

Splash heavy cream

Stir  pumpkin purée into rum until smooth. Add optional Kaffir lime leaf. Shake with remaining ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into cordial glasses. Garnish with cranberries and/or candied ginger.

For an extra special presentation, rim glasses with cinnamon and sugar.  Mix cinnamon and sugar to taste. Dip glasses into lemon juice and then cinnamon-sugar mix. Use a match to flame and crystalize sugar for final finish.

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