One thing I love about fall is sitting on the couch, cozying up with a throw blanket and drinking fall flavored drinks. It makes me feel nostalgic, sentimental, and just plain happy.
I tried out three new drinks for you and I’m sharing the recipes! I think you’ll find one of these drinks (or maybe all three) becoming your new fall favorite!
The first one to share is the Vanilla-Almond Steamer. This one was delicious. I loved that it was an option for a warm drink that was also caffeine free. Don’t get me wrong, I love my caffeine but this one would be great to share with kids or even to drink before going to bed.
Vanilla Almond Steamer
Adapted from "A Farmgirl's Dabbles"
1 cup milk
1/8 cup sugar
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
Combine all ingredients over medium high heat in a saucepan and stir until all ingredients are well combined and milk is warmed through.
The next one I’m excited to share is the Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate. This was was very easy to make and tastes like hot chocolate with a hint of pumpkin pie. It beats a lot of pumpkin drinks out there and I’m already looking forward to making this for guests!
Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate
Adapted from "The Taylor House"
2 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Warm the milk on the stove and mix in all of the ingredients, except for the whipped cream. When the ingredients are well combined and hot, remove from stove, pour in mug, and top with whipped cream!
Finally, if you’re wanting to taste fall but the weather in your area just isn’t making you long for hot drinks (I’m from South Texas, our fall weather is still 85 degrees), then this Caramel Apple Float is perfect! This recipe was inspired by an Apple Cider Float recipe I saw.
Carmel Apple Float
Inspired by "What's Cooking Love?"
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup apple juice
Vanilla ice cream
In a saucepan melt the butter and add the brown sugar, stir for 2 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla and whisk for 2 more minutes. You don’t want this to caramelize, you’re just getting the caramel taste so this sauce will be very thin. Cool to room temperature.
Combine one cup of the caramel with the juice. Add a dash of cinnamon to the mixture.
Scoop the ice cream into a cup, pour the juice over the top and cool off with your fall drink!
I hope you get the chance to fix yourself a fall beverage this week and starting enjoying the flavors of the season!