Pumpkin Pie Shake

I’m so excited about Thanksgiving this year. I have SO much to be thankful for. Each Thanksgiving, I reflect back on the last year, and years past. I have many fond memories growing up in upstate NY, and enjoying special traditions with family and friends. I don’t see many of my East Coast friends anymore…but think of those people I shared the holidays with as a child and young adult. This past year, has been a challenging one for many…but I’m truly hopeful for a bright holiday season filled with old and new traditions. The best traditions, I feel, are centered around the simple things…family, great food, and of course…delicious cocktails. This Pumpkin Pie Shake is one recipe that I will add to my seasonal list. The pumpkin, the spices, the creamy decadence…..All say holiday to me. I hope you add this to your recipe book and enjoy it with your friends and family.

Here’s how I made it…

I used a hand held blender….but you can also mix this in your regular blender.

  • 2-3 Shots Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum – Private Stock (regular Captain Morgan’s would also work…the Private Stock is a bit more “hearty”)
  • 2-3 Shots Half and Half
  • 2-3 Tablespoons – Spiced Simple Syrup (recipe below)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons – Canned Pumpkin (plain)
  • 1-2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Splash of Coffee Liquor – To Rim Glass
  • Crushed Ginger Snap Cookies – For Garnish

Add all the ingredients in your immersion blender vessel and blend until thick and creamy. It’s important to make sure all ingredients are cold prior to mixing…because no ice is used in this drink. After mixing, place the container in the freezer to get really cold and creamy while you prepare your glass. ¬†Crush 3 or 4 store bought Ginger Snap cookies in a baggy. Pour the crumbs on a plate. Dip a Milkshake Glass or any tall glass you have with a pretty wide rim in the coffee liquor, then dip into the cookie crumbs. Place the glass back in the freezer to set up a bit. After about 5 – 10 minutes, pull the container out of the freezer and hit it again with your immersion blender. Pour into your cookie rimmed glasses….add a pile of cookie crumbs on top, a straw or two…and enjoy. I think this drink is a nice alternative to a dessert.

Recipe for Spiced Simple Syrup – In a saucepan:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Whole Vanilla Bean – Split and Seeds Scraped Out and Added to Pan
  • 3-5 Slices of Fresh Peeled Ginger
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg (eyeball this…as much as you like)
  • Dash of Allspice
  • 1 Whole Cinnamon Stick
  • Splash of Fresh Apple Cider (can be omitted if you don’t have any..or use apple juice)

Simmer on your stove and then cool before adding to your drink.

To Make It Virgin: Just eliminate the Rum and add a bit more spiced simple syrup.

To Make It Special: Use a BIG glass..add two straws, and share with someone you love.

I wish all of you a Very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Create your own traditions to pass down. Give a little extra this year…even if things are tight. The smallest gesture can go a long way. Cherish this special time of year.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!!!

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