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Pumpkin Brandy

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Try this primitive wine recipe made inside a pumpkin!

On a chilly fall night, nothing warms you up from the inside out like an "adult beverage" sipped in front of the fire. If you're looking for something different this season, search no farther than your vegetable garden. This pumpkin brandy recipe is sure to please!


On a chilly fall night, nothing warms you up from the inside out like an "adult beverage" sipped in front of the fire. If you're looking for something different this season, search no farther than your vegetable garden. This pumpkin brandy recipe is sure to please!

Many of the alcohols we enjoy imbibing today happened by accident, as fruit fermented and gave way to alcoholic wine. Truth be told, what's often called pumpkin brandy is more of a wine than an actual brandy--a very strong wine. But it's easy and fun to make, with a just a little bit of help from your pantry.

The old, Italian recipe I've seen passed down calls for a pumpkin, sugar and paraffin wax. Oh, yes---it's primitive. Cut the top off a large pumpkin as if you were making a jack-o'-lantern. Then fill the inside of the pumpkin with sugar. Use about 1 pound of sugar for each 4 lbs. of pumpkin. Then just put the lid back on and seal it in place with the wax. Keep the pumpkin in a cool, dark place (like the basement) for a few weeks, until the pumpkin has swollen and the wax shows signs of cracking. Be sure to check it often, because it can explode if left alone for too long. High temperatures can cause an explosion too. When it's done, the liquid should be an amber color, strong and slightly sweet. Carefully open the lid and strain out the wine.

 

 
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