This Gin Blend No. 02 cocktail is perfect for the first day of Fall with notes of pumpkin, apple and ginger.

Makes 1

1 1/2 ounces Venus Gin Blend No. 02
1 1/5 ounces pumpkin shrub*
1 ounce apple brandy

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe and garnish with a bay leaf.

*For the pumpkin shrub

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup fresh ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Peel ginger & grate with a microplane. Combine all ingredients and place in an airtight container in the fridge for 12-24 hours (to make right away, combine all ingredients in a powerful blender with 1/2 c water and strain). Strain or press through a cheesecloth to collect liquid, discard solids. Store refrigerated. 

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