Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

This Pumpkin Smash Cocktail, made with Stoli Gluten Free, has all the flavors of Fall in one delicious cocktail! The easy vanilla bean pumpkin syrup makes a batch large enough to whip up a number of cocktails, perfect for a dinner party and for Thanksgiving! Top it with candied pepitas for the perfect garnish.

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail 

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Easy and delicious Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Syrup.

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

I am so excited to partner with Stoli Gluten Free vodka today to bring you this delicious cocktail in time for the weekend and for Thanksgiving! Stoli’s newest vodka, which is naturally gluten-free and made from 88% corn and 12% buckwheat, is the perfect vodka to have on hand during the holidays – whether you’re entertaining guests who adhere a gluten-free lifestyle or those who just love a great cocktail!

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail 

 

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

 

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

Ingredients

Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Syrup

Directions

  1. For the Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Syrup: (makes 1 cup)
  2. Bring to a low boil until reduces by half, about 10 minutes.
  3. Strain using a cheese cloth.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of pepitas with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of maple sugar.
  6. Roast for 5 minutes tossing halfway through and watching to avoid burning.
  7. Fill a shaker glass with ice.
  8. Add the syrup, vodka, and spices. Shake vigorously.
  9. Drench the rim of your glasses with lemon juice.
  10. Dip glass rim into a cinnamon sugar mixture.
  11. Pour in cocktail. Top with the sparking water. Garnish with pipitas.
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Apple Cider Sangria [VIDEO]

This Apple Cider Sangria is everyone’s favorite Fall cocktail! It’s flavorful, packed with cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, and white wine for the perfect dinner party sangria!

Apple Cider Sangria

A few weeks go I posted on my Facebook and Twitter pages asking if anyone would like to see some yummy, light, and gluten-free cocktails on the LCK blog. I’ve been refraining from posting any cocktail recipes and I’m not sure why. Maybe because since this is a healthy lifestyle blog full of clean eating recipes, I felt you wouldn’t want to see them! But I was wrong! I guess you guys like your drinks… ha ha.

I also firmly believe that part of a healthy lifestyle means sometimes splurging, things in moderation, and just living a little! Am I right? Plus, I don’t want to give you guys the vibe that I never indulge. That would just be a lie. Yes, I do eat super clean, but you can be sure that I often eat too much dark chocolate and I go to dinner and order a drink.

I’m not saying to go binge drink every weekend, but if a nice cocktail every now and then suits your fancy, go for it (paleo police, don’t hate me), and now you can enjoy one a little more guilt-free. Anyway, the response was incredible!

Apple Cider Sangria

Many friends of mine can vouch for my drink making skills. I can’t lie, I make a mean ‘tini. Yeah, I called it a ‘tini, that’s a love/hate word right there. Anyway, most of the drinks I’ve whipped up in the past were loaded with sugar in all forms (hence why they were so good). But, since making the switch to eating clean (…and gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar-free, and so on and so on), I have been experimenting making cocktails that I genuinely don’t feel SO bad about drinking (in moderation, obv).

Apple Cider Sangria

This drink is the perfect drink to serve for your family and friends.  It will be a holiday staple in your home!

Watch the video:

Apple Cider Sangria

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider (3 if you want more of a cider taste)
  • 1 cup carbonated water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2-1 cup gluten-free vodka
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pommegranates
  • 1 orange, chopped
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

Directions

  1. Chop apple and oranges and place in the bottom of a large pitcher with pomegranate seeds.
  2. Add in cinnamon sticks, cider, carbonated water, wine, cinnamon, and honey.
  3. Add in vodka (I start with 1/2 cup), mix well and taste. Adjust sweetener as desired.
  4. Serve over ice!

Recipe Notes

  • The longer it sits, the better! Make an hour or two before serving and let it sit in the fridge.
  • There are many gluten-free vodkas out there, my two favorite are Ciroc Vodka and Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tequila and rum are generally naturally gluten-free. Read labels and be cautious of added flavors.
  • I buy my cider fresh from a local farm.
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