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November 1, 2020

In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson, from Autumn Fires

As the season draws to a close one can easily lose himself in a feast of rich flavours, vibrant colours and the smoky scents that drift and linger in the air.

Autumn is a symphony for the senses and today’s Sunday Brunch cocktail – the Pumpkin Feast – is the ideal tipple to bridge the gap between Halloween and Bonfire Night.
IMG_1544_20-10-29_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Pumpkin_Mary.jpg A curiously satisfying twist on a Bloody Mary, the recipe balances smoky roasted pumpkin with sweet full bodied pear juice and fiery spice.

Broken Clock’s subtle botanical recipe and the inclusion of umami Marmite, tangy citrus and piquant peppers make for a complex and compelling drink to toast the end of Autumn.


50 ml Broken Clock Vodka
5 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
5 dashes Chipotle Tabasco
Tsp Lemon Juice
Half tsp Marmite
Large pinch Cayenne Pepper
Pinch Black Pepper
Pinch Salt
Pear juice
Roasted Pumpkin

Leek Ribbons
Cayenne Pepper
Slice of Pumpkin Skin


Roast the pumpkin thoroughly in an oven at 180 centigrade (or indeed wrapped in foil in the embers of your bonfire). Allow to cool.

Add 75 ml of the pear juice to a blender along with a few teaspoons of pumpkin flesh and the marmite and pulse until smooth. The flavour should be a fine balance between sweet and savoury – add more pear or pumpkin and blend again to get the balance correct.

Add the mixture along with the other ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until very cold. Add to a well iced highball and top with the garnish.

For a rather blood-curdling Halloween sight, add the vodka separately to the iced highball and slowly pour the pumpkin and pear mix on top. Don’t forget to stir before imbibing.