DRINK No. 4 – Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Our eldest daughter visited us from college this weekend, and our youngest (a sophomore in high school) had friends over for a halloween party.  We purchased a number of pumpkins and had intended to carve them this weekend.  Well, the best laid plans…  Sunday evening by the fire and time to think about drinks to settle in for nice Fall evening.  What would my wife like to drink?  Silly question.  After only three drinks, she still is without her “go to”, although she was tempted to repeat the orange-infused bourbon.  Well, we have all these pumpkins, and she was feeling like a bourbon, so…

Pumpkin Old Fashioned!

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Pumpkin Old Fashioned


My wife likes the drink, although commented that it was rather sweet.  She wonders how it would be warmed.  It is a savory drink, and just right for a fireside evening.  I am hopeful that this will not be her “go to” drink, because making homemade pumpkin puree, while easy, is rather time-consuming.  Here is the recipe I used: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/10/make-your-own-pumpkin-puree/


2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 ½ oz. bourbon
1 oz. maple syrup
½ oz. Grand Marnier
dash orange bitters
Orange peel twist, for garnish


Combine pumpkin puree, bourbon, syrup, Grand Marnier and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with orange twist.


DRINK No. 3 – Orange & Honey Rye Whiskey

We recently visited our son who is a freshman in college.  On our way in, he texted to us a request for a housewarming gift for his dorm room.  What did he have in mind?  Bourbon.  We stopped at a local liquor shop, a small dive next door to a guns and ammo store.  We frankly thought we would jump in, grab a bottle of Beam and jump out.  We were surprised.  Once inside, the place was a carnival of activity.  The small place was packed with staff and visitors.  A small bar was set up with free tastes of a flavored vodka, and the selection of bourbons was spectacular.  Yes, I bought a bottle of Beam for my son, but I couldn’t help but compliment the clerk for the store’s collection of whiskey.  Well, he called out Randy, the owner, and the next thing you know, he’s opening bottles and giving my wife and I tastes of bourbons and rums and specialty liquors we had not before enjoyed.  We were there about an hour.

I bring this up because that night I purchased a couple of bottles which I brought home with me.  It’s now been about a month since we’ve been home.  My wife has since been to Argentina and Uruguay and back with a girlfriend (she returned with some wonderful wine, which may qualify for another of the 300 drinks at a later date).  Tonight is her first night home, and after unpacking and going through mail, etc. she was not interested in a fancy cocktail, but she was interested in a drink.

Then she remembered our trip to our son’s college and, in particular, our trip to that liquor store, and our tastings with Randy.  She asked for a shot of Hochstadter’s Rock and Rye, Slow & Low Orange and Honey Straight Rye Whiskey.  This is an orange-infused rye whiskey (84 Proof) and has a wonderful flavor reminiscent of an Old Fashioned, even served neat, which is how we drank it.

It was as we remembered it when Randy served it to us in his store.  My wife enjoyed it as an easy to enjoy drink at the end of a long night and day of travel.  Not something she would drink everyday – far too much sweet flavor for that – but nevertheless, a nice drink to remember and return to now and again.

Drink No. 3.  Hochstadter's Rock and Rye, Slow & Low Orange & Honey Straight Rye Whiskey, served neat

Drink No. 3. Hochstadter’s Rock and Rye, Slow & Low Orange & Honey Straight Rye Whiskey, served neat