By Marcus Samuelsson | October 29, 2010

Photo: WxMom

My grandmother, like many grandmothers in Sweden, made her own flavored aquavit by infusing potato vodka with various ingredients that were available around the house or in her garden, especially foods she had extra of and were going to spoil if not used.

With Halloween this Sunday, many of us wind up carving a ton of pumpkins and not knowing what to do with everything inside, besides toasting the seeds and/or making pies. My suggestion is to use the flavorful pumpkin meat to create pumpkin-infused vodka, the perfect drink for watching the leaves change color.

It takes a lot of patience, waiting for the flavors to infuse perfectly but it’s definitely a fun project.

This weekend, let’s toast to a safe, fun Halloween. So tell me, what are your plans for this weekend?

  • 1 bottle vodka(use something inexpensive since you'll be masking the base flavor with the other ingredients)
  • Meat from 1 pumpkin, diced
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves


In a large, resealable bottle or jar, combine vodka, pumpkin, vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Seal container tight and let mixture sit at room temperature for four days. Strain and pour back into the container. Enjoy!

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