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
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.