How to Make Autumn's Red Rooster, a Cocktail That Answers the Question 'What's Pumpkin Lard?'

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Welcome to Boozinette. This is Autumn’s Red Rooster.

  • 3 oz spiced rum
  • 1 1/2 oz pumpkin lard
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • boiling water
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cups sliced ginger
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

In a small saucepan bring all ingredients (except vanilla) to a boil. Stir until everything but the ginger has a smooth consistency. Lower heat to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain, contain, let cool, add vanilla & refrigerate. Use to sweeten the deal when bargaining with basic individuals.

Pour the rum & lard into a cherished mug. Top with boiling hot water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, get cozy & appreciate the turning leaves for what they are. Beautiful omens of imminent darkness that usher in a bitter cold future mired in rampant consumerism.

David is an artist from Ridgewood, Queens, that makes drinks, drawings, and questionable decisions in the name of scientific regress. You can find him bartending at Huckleberry Bar when he isn’t at his drafting table. Follow him @drawdavedraw.

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