This drink is just a nice one to have for the kids – it always makes Thanksgiving Day more festive and fun.
What my Gram used to do was something similar — she would take what was left after making the mix for pumpkin pie, and mix it with cold milk. But because that has eggs, I just do as follows:
Grams Pumpkin Juice
3 cups milk
1 cup half and half or cream
1 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or more/less to taste)
Add the milk and pumpkin to a blender and blend well. Add all remaining ingredients.
Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
This can me made a day or two ahead of time – Just keep refrigerated.