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:
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.
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!
Throw some spices on those seeds and bake them.
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.
- 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.