When the leaves begin to change and the weather becomes a bit chillier our recipes call for ingredients such as pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla. These ingredients are a perfect fit for the fall season. The sweet flavors and warm aromas are sure to keep you wishing fall wouldn’t come to an end.
So, I thought I’d share three warm beverage options, recipes and all that will have you wishing you would’ve whip these up before! From hot chocolate, to hot toddies, to our fall favorite, pumpkin spice latte these beverages will have wanting to do lots of entertaining. After all, they can be served at any festive occasion. Or really, any day in general because why, not?!
Let’s start with a classic staple: A perfectly homemade hot chocolate. So ladies, let’s skip the premade packets and make this simple but oh, so delicious recipe. Get those marshmallows going!
Hot Chocolate Recipe:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- Boil 1/3 of a cup of water. Take cocoa, sugar, and a pinch of salt and mix into a saucepan then add in your boiling water. While you stir, ensure mixture is at a boil. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Ensure mixture doesn’t scorch.
- You will then stir in the 3 ½ cups milk and heat until very hot. This time ensure it does not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into mugs and mix cream in to cool to drinking temperature. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com
Need something more adult-like? Have no fear, these hot toddies are the perfect option when doing some fall entertaining. This bourbon cocktail, which originated from Scotland is served hot and will ensure your guests feel warm and fuzzy. Here’s a fun fact—this drink has been thought to cure a bad cold or flu! Oh, the benefits!
Hot Toddy Cocktail Recipe:
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup hot water
6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon (see below for recipe)
2 3×1/2′ strips lemon peel
2 cinnamon sticks
In a measuring cup (ensure it is big enough for two cups of mixture) stir honey and water until honey dissolves. Then add apple bourbon (see how to make below). Lastly, add cocktail mixture to two toddy glasses. Stir each with a cinnamon stick. Garish by adding a strip of twisted lemon peel over each drink.
To make Apple Bourbon, combine a 750-ml bottle of bourbon, 4 cored, sliced apples, and four cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Cover; chill for 3 days. Strain.
Recipe courtesy of Bonappetit.com via Matt Tanner of Anvil Bar Refuge in Houston TX
Lastly, but certainly not least the item that is all the rave come the fall season. None other than the amazingly addictive pumpkin spice latte! Have you seen the lines at Starbucks? All for this one beverage; they are insane. So, let’s make this at home and save ourselves the $5-$7 bucks it will cost us every time we have a craving!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe:
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 to 2 shots espresso, about 1/4 cup
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form
In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin, the pumpkin spice and a generous amount of black pepper until hot. Stir constantly. Then stir in sugar until mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup. Whisk in milk and vanilla extract gently, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil. With a hand blender, carefully blend mixture until frothy and blended. If you have a stand alone blender, pour mixture and follow same steps as above. Make the espresso or coffee and pour into two mugs. Add the frothed milk mixture and top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg.
Recipe courtesy of thekitchn.com
As always, I hope you channel your inner stylish hostess and get to try all of these. I promise they are worth the time!
Till next time!