If gratitude is a verb, I choose to drink it. Whether it's wine, green juice, or a smoothie, I choose drinking for fortitude and pleasure.
This year marks round two in what is becoming an annual Mendelssohn Natarajan traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and while the only things that can be called traditional about it are the gathering of family as well as an eclectic crew of bomemios, we gladly open our home (or Raj's apartment.) This year will in some ways be no different, that we are inviting those without family in Texas, but also different, that this humbly includes hosting a refugee Syrian family, and not-so-humbly that we can call our caterers, Raj's restaurant: the finally up and running damn good Durham House, to craft the big feast. And with no fingers of mine being lifted around the kitchen, with less time than it takes to say "pumpkin spice" I got to getting crafty with the booze and dessert menu.
The gourd of my eye this year is la pumpkin, not only for it's perfect timeliness from Halloween, but mainly because it's delicious, and there are so many Houston delicacies that incorporate it. Take Buffalo Bayou Brewery and Honeychild's sweet creams. One makes a pumpkin ice cream, one makes a pumpkin beer. Enter, the Pumpkin beer float, not to be served to anyone you don't want to get a little tipsy.
Things you'll need:
- Honeychild's seasonal pumpkin ice cream that you can buy here
- Buffalo Bayou Brewery's Pumpkin Spice Latte, read about its inspiration and conception here
- Whipped cream (please, for the love of Martha Stewart, make your own)
Gather your ingredients. FYI Honeychild delivers in these insulated bags repurpose-ready for the most Pinterestable-picnic lunch. I also couldn't help but trying these other tempting holiday flavors, sweet potato taking the gold.
Crumble your gingersnaps
Build your first layer of your float with around a half inch of gingersnap crumbles in a glass
Scoop two smallish scoops of pumpkin ice cream for your second layer
Crack open your Buffalo Bayou Pumpkin Spice Latte
Add a fat dollop of whipped cream s well as a sprinkle of gingersnap crumbles
Carefully arrange oversized crumbles on top of the whipped cream for a gingersnap snack
You might want to make an extra one to taste. I call it a 'drinkers dozen'