Autumn in DC Martini

Makes 1 martini

1 oz Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup (https://districtspice.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/pumpkin-spice-simple-syrup/)
3 oz vodka
1/4 oz apple cider vinegar
ice

Combine all ingredients into martini shaker.
Shake and pour into martini glass.

Optional: garnish with fresh sliver of ginger, or candied pumpkin (see Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup recipe)

Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup

Makes approx. 3 cups

1 tsp District Spice Pumpkin Spice blend
1/4 medium sized pumpkin, cut into half-inch cubes
3 cups water
3 cups sugar

Cut pumpkin into half-inch cubes.
Add District Spice Pumpkin Spice blend, sugar, pumpkin, and water into circa 4 quart pot.  Bring to boil.
Once boiling, lower temperature to simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
Use spoon to remove pumpkin chunks from mixture, and simmer liquid for another 5-10 minutes.
Strain (cheesecloth or fine sieve) syrup into container, and allow to cool before use.  Enjoy!

Optional: Space out pumpkin cubes on drying rack or wax paper, generously coat with sugar, and allow to dry.  Makes candied pumpkin for garnish or side treat.

Hand in the Cookie Jar Oatmeal

Makes 2 servings

1 tbsp District Spice Hand in the Cookie Jar blend
1 cup dried oats
2 cups water
1 apple, coarsely chopped (crunchy varietal, such as a pink lady or honeycrisp, recommended)

Combine oats and water in a pot, and bring to boil.

When about half finished, mix in District Spice Hand in the Cookie Jar blend.

Just before turning off the heat, stir in chopped apple.

Serve hot.