Pumpkin Spice Vodka

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If it isn't obvious, I really like infusing spirits.  This one turns a lovely golden orange color as it sits.  I'm going to mix it with warm apple cider and a dash of allspice for a cold weather warm up. 

Pumpkin Spiced Vodka

1 small pumpkin, sliced, seeds + guts removed

1 liter Vodka

1/2 of one star anise

2 cinnamon sticks

1 whole nutmeg

Scraped seeds and husk 1/2 vanilla bean

5 cloves

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Place pumpkin slices on baking sheet and roast 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.  In a large jar or container add star anise, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, vanilla bean and cloves.  (I used the bottom part of my knife to give the cinnamon sticks and nutmeg a little hit before they went in the jar.)  Add pumpkin slices and pour in vodka.  Cover and let stand 5 days in a dark place.  Give the jar a small shake everyday.  Remove solids from vodka by placing a strainer or cheesecloth over a funnel and fill a clean decanter or bottle.