Found this on the homebrewing subreddit, thought I'd ask if anyone here has ever heard of this or tried it.
Prohibition was such a farce that United States Senator James A. Reed, one time mayor of Kansas City, offered his recipes for "pumpkin gin" and "applejack" right on the floor of the Senate. For the first, he said, you pluck a ripe pumpkin, cut a plug from the top,and gut it of its seeds. Then you fill it with sugar and seal in the plug with paraffin. Thirty days later, he said, you could open it up and pour out a scrumptious "pumpkin gin", really a type of wine. This is similar to "pumpkin wine", then popular through the Midwest. Instead of filling the pumpkin with sugar, however, farmers poured in hard cider, moonshine, or wine, along with raisins, and sealed it up for a month.
Since the fermentation is a function of wild yeast in this case, I thought this might be pertinent here. I'm more used to lurking than posting though, so if someone has a suggestion for where else to post this please let me know. I'm going to a pumpkin patch tomorrow for work, so I was thinking of giving it a shot.