Pumpkin Pie Cosmo

1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups half-and-half
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ice cubes
4 ounces vanilla vodka
1 liter sparkling water
    In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 cup water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and bring it to a boil. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes. This is simple syrup.
    Mix together the (white) sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and put it onto a shallow plate. Pour 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup onto a plate. Dip the rims of 4 cosmo or martini glasses into the syrup, and then in the spiced sugar. Set aside.
    In a large measuring cup, combine the half-and-half, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and half the simple syrup and whisk until well blended. Pour in to a pitcher filled with ice. If using the vodka, add it to the pitcher before serving and stir. Pour into the prepared glasses. Top with sparkling water.

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