Now that the fall chill is in the air, it’s time to think about getting cozy at home. After spending a the day raking leaves in the yard — or even shoveling snow — you deserve a warm and delicious treat! Come home and cozy up with these toasty fall drinks.
Salted Caramel Apple Cider
This Salted Caramel Apple Cider starts with a batch of perfectly spiced apple cider. You can use the recipe that I’ve shared before for Homemade Spiced Cider or buy it pre-made from your grocery store. Once you have the cider, heat it up on the stovetop to bring out the spices, then combine it with buttery caramel for an extremely indulgent twist on this fall staple. As with the cider, you can make caramel sauce from scratch or use store bought.
Adding a pinch of salt to the cider keeps this drink from being overly sweet. I recommend using sea salt, rather than table salt. The flaky salt will also make a nice contrast with the caramel drizzled on top of the drink, giving you a salty-sweet finish that makes salted caramel so addictive in the first place.
- 10 ounces spiced apple cider
- 1½ tablespoons caramel sauce, plus more for topping
- ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more for topping
- Whipped cream
Heat cider on the stovetop and pour into a large mug. Stir in caramel sauce and salt, then top with whipped cream. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce and sprinkle with a few grains of salt.
Maple Tea Latte
Maple syrup is a flavor that I closely associate with fall. The harvesting season for maple syrup is actually later in the year, but I find it complements everything from pumpkin pancakes to gingerbread, so I use a lot of it during this time of year. Maple syrup makes a wonderful sweetener for beverages, as well as a topping for other treats, and this tea latte is a good example.
The tea latte starts with brewed tea. I like to use a rooibus tea, as it has a natural sweetness that is complemented well by the maple syrup, and I brew it slightly stronger than usual. The hot tea is sweetened with syrup and topped with steamed (or simply heated) milk for a drink that is sweet, creamy and will definitely warm you up!
Feel free to try different types of tea with this drink. It works well with black teas, though you may find they need a little extra maple syrup to bring out that maple flavor.
- 6 ounces strong rooibos tea, hot
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 ounces milk, steamed or heated
Combine tea and maple syrup in a large mug and stir to combine. Top with milk and, if desired, drizzle with additional maple syrup.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate is a delicious drink all year round, as far as I am concerned, and there are many ways to make it. You can use real chocolate, a combination of cocoa powder and sugar, or a pre-made mix from your favorite brand.
What sets this hot chocolate apart and makes it seasonal is a small amount of pumpkin pie spice. The spice blend, which usually consists of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg, is so closely associated with fall that it is now used in many applications beyond a traditional pie.
For this hot chocolate, start with your favorite recipe and stir in a generous pinch of pumpkin pie spice. You’ll be surprised at what a difference the spice makes in adding a seasonal complexity to your drink. Be sure that your spice blend is fresh, as it will lose potency if it is leftover from last year’s baking and you’ll need to use more spice to get the desired effect.
- 8 ounces milk, hot
- 2½ tablespoon cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Whipped cream, for topping
Combine hot milk, cocoa powder, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a large mug and whisk to combine. Adjust sugar to taste, if necessary. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!