Pumpkins, Of Course

Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is not my favorite holiday.  There,  I said it. But you know what I do love? I love pumpkins, Beyonce, and the Big Labowski – and not necessarily in that order.  And so, I bring you a Hooch & Home Halloween focused post with an amazing cocktail that I can take no credit for.


My friend Michelle is having a Halloween party on Friday, and I’m going to be the most comfortable person at the party because I’m dressing like this guy:

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I even got orange Crocs on Ebay. Michelle invited us over for tortilla soup and pumpkin making. I came for the soup.  Nine years ago I severed a pinky tendon carving a pumpkin and I have avoided serrated knives around Halloween ever since.  But, you know what they say: time to get back on the hooch – I mean, horse.

Our host had printed out designs from SheKnows and left pumpkin carving tools on the table as she directed the hanging of a giant spider made of trash bag material from her ceiling. We were left to our own devices.  Fresh from my sign workshop, I proudly explained how to use the plastic pounce wheel that had been included in our kit. All were impressed…I’m sure. The results were Flawless…kinda.

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Although I have abstained from pumpkin carving since the pinky incident, I have continued to take advantage of the plethora of pumpkin seeds that come tumbling out of pumpkins as they are scraped clean from the inside out. As I went through the painstaking process of cleaning the seeds, I realized that the technique to remove seeds from pomegranates would work for the opposite reason: Pumpkin seeds float! Pumpkin guts sink! I used a slotted spoon to scrape the seeds from the top of the water where they were floating and it saved a lot of time and sticky fingers. The key was to loosen the seeds from the pumpkin guts while under water.  Then they float to the top without making a mess!

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Throw some spices on those seeds and bake them.

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The White Girl Russian

And now for the cocktail.  Credit for this cocktail goes to Michelle’s sister Danielle. Bow down bitches. This is a twist on the classic White Russian.  Just add pumpkin puree and a pinch of pumpkin spice.  In honor of The Fat Jew and his crusade against pumpkin spice lattes, we named our cocktail The White Girl Russian.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 spoonful of canned pumpkin puree
  • Milk or cream
  • 1 pinch of pumpkin spice

Mix vodka, Kahlua, and pumpkin puree in a vessel. Fill a glass with ice. Pour vodka, Kahlua and pumpkin over ice. Add pumpkin spice and milk or cream to taste. Stir.  Sip. Enjoy.

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4 Responses to Pumpkins, Of Course

  1. tessgalen says:

    Last year for Halloween I dressed as The Dude and drank a White Russian out of a milk carton all night… Halloween is much more fun in sweatpants!

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