Fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons: the magnificent fall foliage; the cool crispness in the air; the pretty pumpkins of every size, color, and shape; the opportunity to pull out your favorite snuggly clothes and blankets and to be able to wear boots again; football season; the Halloween celebrations and festivities, and the toasty beverages in a mug.
Here are a few warm and fragrant beverages to enjoy indoors or outdoors, by the fire, with your loved one, party or no party, the possibilities are limitless. You only need one excuse: to just relax and enjoy the pleasures of fall.
Whole Foods Market has a great Apple Cider, you can find the store nearest you here: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/modals/nojs/find_store, and they also have great recipes you can check out online.
Spiced Rum Apple Cider
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup spiced rum
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- whole cloves
- apple, cut into thick slices
- orange, cut as thick garnish slices
In a large soup pot, combine apple cider and orange juice, apple slices, orange slices, a few cloves, and the 2 cinnamon sticks. You may adjust for your own taste. Simmer on low approximately 20 minutes. Add in one cup of rum, and heat through at a simmer.
Ladle out the fruit, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Cut the orange slices in half for a garnish, and serve.
Hot Mulled Cider Sangria
- 1 gallon of apple cider
- One bottle of dry red wine
- 2 cups of orange juice
- ¼ cup of lemon juice
- 7-8 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon of ground cloves
- 1 cup of rum or brandy
- 3-4 cored red apples
In a large soup pot, combine all ingredients, except for apples. Heat mix to a slow simmer, and then add in apple. Turn off the heat and serve.
- 1 Tbsp. pureed (canned pumpkin
- 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon, ground
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup strong coffee, or ¼ cup espresso
In a saucepan, heat milk and pumpkin until steaming. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Put mixture in a blender, and blend for 15-20 seconds until thick and foamy. Pour into tall glass, and then add coffee (or espresso). Top with a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice or ground nutmeg.
I hope these recipe ideas inspire you to savor every moment, and be creative.
Also, you can find some great Autumn seasonal blends of alcohol, like: Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka – https://totalbeverage.net/new-in-spirits-pinnacle-pumpkin-pie-vodka
and Hiram Walker has a new Caramel Apple Schnapps – http://www.hiramwalker.com/products.php?brand=schnapps
Either one of these would be great for a seasonal drink or even to add into a dessert recipe.