Raw, adjective: 10. not diluted, as alcoholic spirits: raw whiskey.

Hannah had the most delicious homemade Wassail last night at her holiday shindig, and it's got me thinking about alcoholic variations on the Christmas theme. (Well, that and the fact that the atmospheric gloom doesn't seem to want to lift, and the cold has set in, and the cable cars are decorated with fake white partridges, and the white lights on Polk St. last night were so goddamned cute.)

So I found this recipe for a Spiced Pumpkin cocktail the other day, and not only is it tequila-based, but it relies on agave nectar for sweetening. Given that I'm a huge agave fan lately, I'll forgive it for lacking the requisite seasonal bourbon and roll with it. Sprinkled with a little cinnamon on top, I think this libation could get me through the middle-American adventures around the corner and land me safely back in my lefty disneyland without too much permanent damage.

Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Corzo Reposado (mmm)
3/4 oz pumpkin spice liqueur
3/4 oz orange juice
1/2 oz agave nectar
1 orange and 1 lemon wedge
1 tsp egg whites (if you dig the froth)

Muddle the orange and the lemon. Add ingredients; shake well and strain (or serve on the rocks if you'd rather). Sprinkle with cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick. Drink several in quick succession, pull your cloche low over your eyes, and you'll never know you've left PST.


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