The Spirit(s) World – Autumn in bottle

We all associate Fall with pumpkins. This Fall, there’s a new vodka on the market that seeks to showcase “the seasonal delight of roasted pumpkin and baking spices” – Crop’s Organic Spiced Pumpkin Vodka. With a suggested retail price of $30, it joins Crop’s lineup of Artisanal, Cucumber, Tomato and Meyer Lemon vodkas.
Mix with cola or shake with Irish cream liqueur over ice for your own take on pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Or serve in a hot toddy on a chilly day. Made following strict USDA organic standards, it’s distilled from 100 percent American grain, free of GMOs, artificial fertilizers or pesticides.
Esteban Ordonez of International Cocktail Group and Burning Waters Cantina in Manhattan suggests the following beverages for a Thanksgiving dinner:
Great Pumpkin Manhattan
2 parts Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin Vodka 
1 part sweet vermouth 
2 dashes orange bitters
Garnish with an orange peel

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Late Harvest
2 parts Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin Vodka
1 part freshly squeezed and strained orange juice
1/2 part freshly squeezed and strained lime juice
1/2 part honey syrup*
Large orange peel for garnish

In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a large orange peel.
* equal parts of honey and water mixed together.

The Haymaker
2 parts Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin Vodka
3/4 part freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
1/4 part Grade A maple syrup
2 parts ginger beer
Lemon peel for garnish

In a cocktail shaker combine the first three ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled highball or Collins glass, fill to top with ginger beer and garnish with a lemon peel.

Pumpkin Toddy
1 1/2 parts Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin Vodka
1 part freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
1/2 part honey
4 parts hot water
Lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)

Build all ingredients in a heat-resistant glass or mug, lightly stir and serve immediately. Garnish with a lemon wheel and cinnamon stick (optional).

Headless Horseman
1 part Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin Vodka
1 glass pumpkin ale

Drop the Crop Organic Spiced Pumpkin Vodka into the glass of pumpkin ale and enjoy.
Visit http://www.cropvodka.com/

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