Spice Up Your Fall Cup
What’s one of the best parts about Fall? We know one thing for sure- all those delicious seasonal drinks! That’s right, I’m talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and hot Apple Cider to satisfy your taste buds. You can never go wrong with one of these classics, right? We’ve scouted the web looking for the best drinks and their recipes to give you some inspo on how you can spice up your Fall cup!
1) Pumpkin Spice Latte
Of course, this drink would be numero uno! Need more options at work? Try Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee– these K-cups make it easy to brew a quick cup to start the day. To enhance the pumpkin flavor, use an original creamer with an accessible pump like Coffeemate’s Sweetened Original Coffee Creamer.
Or if you have time at home, try this easy PSL recipe.
• 2 tablespoons of Pumpkin Puree (make from scratch or purchase)
• ¼ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
• ¼ teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
• ¼ cup of Hot Espresso
• 1 cup of milk
• 1 tablespoon of Sugar
• Sweetened Whipped Cream
Step 1: Combine 1 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree, tablespoon of sugar, ¼ teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice, and the Vanilla Extract in a pot on medium-heat. Warm for a minute or two until the milk becomes hot.
Step 2: Beat the milk mixture for 30 seconds until it is foamy. Serve the espresso in a mug and add in the foam milk.
Step 3: Finish off the drink with whipped cream and a sprinkle of the pumpkin pie spice.
Recipe courtesy of The Food Network
2) Hot Apple Cider
Staying away from caffeine? For a fragrant wake-me-up drink in the morning, try Lipton’s Hot Spiced Cider. All you need to do is add hot water and stir.
If you have more time, try an Apple Cider with a caramel twist.
• 3 cups of Apple Cider
• ¼ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
• ½ cup Caramel Whipped Cream
• ¼ cup Brown Sugar
• 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
• ½ cup of Water
Step 1: Heat ¼ cup of cream and ¼ cup of brown sugar to boil. Once boil, lower the heat and add the apple cider and water. Continue cooking until entire mixture simmers.
Step 2: Stir ½ cup of the caramel whip cream and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar until it turns foamy.
Step 3: Pour cider in mugs and finish off with the caramel whipped cream. This quick recipe produces 4 servings.
Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes
3) Chai Tea
Teas are also great Fall options for those who do not like coffee. One of our go-to drinks is a Chai Tea. The aromatic spices are guaranteed to put us in a good mood for the entire day! Try Tazo’s Chai Organic Black Tea for a robust blend of black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, and other spices.
Another way we enjoy this tea is in a latte. For a little more effort, try recreating this Chai Tea Latte at home (move over Starbucks!).
• 2 Black Tea teabags
• 1 cup of Milk (your preference, suggested Soy Milk)
• 1 cup of Water
• 1 teaspoon of grounded Cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon of grounded Ginger
• ¼ teaspoon of grounded Allspice
• ¼ cup of Brown Sugar
• 2 tablespoons of French Vanilla creamer
• Whipped Cream (topping)
Step 1: Brew the tea in a coffeemaker along with the cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and water.
Step 2: In a saucepan, combine milk, brown sugar, and creamer. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Step 3: Serve the milk mixture into a mug and pour in the tea. This recipe makes 2 servings.
Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home
4) Hot Cocoa
Hmm, this chocolatey pick-me-up is good for all ages and a must during the colder seasons. Pick up a box of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix for yourself or to share. You can add hot water and stir or heat up a cup of milk to make the drink creamier. Marshmallows, yes please!
To add your own customizations, here is an easy Hot Chocolate recipe to try.
• 2 tablespoons of unsweetened Cocoa Powder
• 1 cup of Milk (half-and-half, or cream- your preference)
• ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
• 1-2 tablespoons of Sugar (your preference)
• 1 pinch of Salt
Step 1: Combine the cocoa, sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk in a small saucepan until the cocoa and sugar dissolves.
Step 2: Slowly add in the rest of the milk into the mixture (medium heat). Don’t forget to stir occasionally.
Step 3: Add the vanilla extract and stir. This recipe serves one.
Recipe courtesy of Epicurious