We are well into October and quickly approaching November, meaning pumpkin season is here! It's funny how the pumpkin is put in the spotlight during these three short autumn months. You'd get sideways looks if you ordered a pumpkin spice latte during spring or brought a pumpkin pie to a July cookout. The pumpkin is strictly reserved for fall, nearly overstaying its welcome come December. Maybe that's why people go a little pumpkin crazy. They feel the pressure to consume as much of this orange fruit as they can before it goes out of season and style.
Truth be told, I am one of the few people (especially in New England) that is not head over heels for pumpkin. I keep my intake to a minimum and really only enjoy a good pumpkin muffin once in awhile. However, I knew I had to include at least one pumpkin recipe this season. And I have to say, to my surprise, these Pumpkin Pie Shooters are freakin' delicious. Not to mention, they are super easy to make: rim your shot glasses, throw some ingredients in a shaker, and serve. It's that easy! This recipe yields two servings because shots are always better with friends. Double, triple, quadruple this recipe for Halloween or holiday parties. As a quick side note: my brother has a life-threatening allergy to diary. So, below I've also provided a vegan/allergy-friendly version of these delicious shooters.
I have to admit the basis for pairing these shooters with The Fireman is simply based on color. I'm loving all these orange hues. However, I also picked this novel because I'm a huge fan of Joe Hill's work. His writing is very scary, very creepy, and very weird. The Fireman is an apocalyptic story set after a deadly spore called Dragon Scale infects most of the world's population. As the infection progresses it causes people to burst into flames (hence the title name). This is a pretty standard apocalyptic novel, however, the uniqueness of the disease really sets it apart, creating a breath of fresh air in a genre that is already inundated with zombie stories.
“You know, we might’ve f***ed up the planet, sucking out all the oil, melting the ice caps, allowing ska music to flourish, but we made Coca-Cola, so goddamn it, people weren’t all bad.”
-Joe Hill (The Fireman)
I will definitely be highlighting more of Hill's work going forward. If you like horror, all his stuff is worth a read. Not to mention, Hill is the son of the master himself, Stephen King. If you're a King fan, you will probably see some similarities in their writing styles. It must be something in their terrifying genes.
Pumpkin Pie Shooters
Yield: 2 servings
Total time: 5 minutes
What You Need:
For the shooters
- 2 tbs pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5 ounces vodka
- 1.5 ounces Rumchata
**To make diary free: sub Rumchata with vegan eggnog, increase vodka to 2.5 ounces. A vanilla almond milk may work well here too, but I haven't tested it yet.
For the rim
- Maple syrup
What You Do:
1. Rim your shot glasses. Add an even mixture of cinnamon and sugar to a shallow plate. Use a napkin to apply maple syrup to the lips of shot glasses, dip into sugar mixture to coat. Set aside.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients for the shooter. Shake vigorously and strain into rimmed shot glasses. Serve immediately.