Hot Drink Recipes for the Start of Fall
Autumn has officially begun, and with it comes a whole new selection of things to be excited for. Whether you’re looking forward to the changing leaves, the comfortable nights in, or a socially-distanced afternoon in a pumpkin patch, we can all agree there’s plenty of fun to be had. Today, we’re going to be talking about one of the coziest things about the season: hot fall drinks.
Slow Cooker Apple Cider
Apple cider is a staple of the season, but not everyone makes their own. With just some tasty ingredients and a slow cooker, you can make a delicious hot cider that will warm you all the way to your toes, all at home!
9 medium-sized apples of your choice (We personally recommend honeycrisp!)
10 cups of water
1 finger of ginger, a couple of inches long
3 sticks of cinnamon
½ a cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cloves
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
½ a teaspoon of allspice
To prep ingredients: Wash your apples and your orange. Then, cut both fruits into quarters. Peel and slice your ginger into thin strips. You can use less or more ginger, depending on personal flavor preference. Not everyone likes the taste!
You want to have your slow cooker ready to go, a vessel for all this autumnal deliciousness. Add all your non-liquid ingredients into the pot: the apples, the orange, the ginger, and all your spices. Then, pour in your water. It should be enough to cover all the ingredients, but with a couple of inches of room at the top so it won’t boil over.
Put the lid on your slow cooker, and cook your cider! You either want to cook it on low heat for 6-7 hours, which can be done overnight or while you’re working, or on high heat to 2-3 hours. When that time has elapsed, you want to mash up the soft apples and oranges, and then put the lid and cook it for one more hour!
After the cooking is done, you should strain out the solid ingredients, leaving only the liquid. Then you put the finished liquid into your chosen container, mix in your sugar, and drink it hot!
This fairly simple, tasty latte enhances your morning coffee with the dreamy combination of warm milk and golden honey. It’s perfect for those days when you want something special to drink without sacrificing your caffeine fix!
Steamed/hot milk of any kind you like, whether that be dairy or otherwise. The amount of milk required will depend on the size of your mug, so it’s hard to specify! If you have a way to foam milk, that can also in the cup after your coffee.
2 shots of espresso, or some strong coffee if espresso isn’t an option.
2 teaspoons of honey, and some extra to drizzle on top.
Pick out a mug. The size is up to you. This is a delicious latte, so you might want to go with a big one!
Add your two tablespoons of honey to the bottom of the mug.
Pour some of your warm milk into the mug, and stir to mix the honey at the bottom. This definitely shouldn’t be more than half the cup, as you’ll still be putting in your coffee, and more milk or foam.
Add in your espresso or coffee, and then pour in the rest of the steamed milk! You can also add your foam now, if you’d like. Top with an additional drizzle of honey on top. Then drink!
S'mores Hot Chocolate
This sweet drink is a little more elaborate and takes more steps than the others, but it’s also a decadent, desserty delight that’s worth the effort. Give it a try!
3 cups of milk of any kind
2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup
3 tablespoons of sugar
½ a cup of mini-marshmallows
¼ a cup of cocoa powder
Crushed graham crackers, for the rim of your mug
A pinch of salt
First, crumble up your graham crackers and put them on the bottom of a wide round tin or something of a similar shape. You don’t need too many, because it’s just for topping and for rimming your mug, but you want to put them in a vessel that’s big enough for you to dip the mug in.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. This will be used to broil your marshmallows! When you do it, you want to use the top or second highest oven rack, so you can get them toasty and gooey without having to be in the oven for long.
Heat your milk in a saucepan on the stove, over medium heat. You don’t want to overheat the milk or scald it, so take it slow. You want it to be heated through, but not to develop the skin on top that can happen when milk is heated too quickly at a high temperature.
While your milk is heating, if you keep an eye on it, you can take some of your marshmallows, split them, and rub the sticky side around the rim of your mug to help the graham cracker crumbles stay in place.
Dip the rim of your mugs into the graham cracker crumbles until you’ve got a nice circle of crumbs around the top.
Put your chocolate syrup, your sugar, your cocoa powder, and your salt into your heated milk on the stove. Then whisk it thoroughly to mix and combine the ingredients. Turn off the heat when it’s all fully combined.
Pour your hot chocolate into your mugs, and top with marshmallows. It’s nice if they cover a good bit of the top. Then, carefully put the mugs on a baking sheet in your pre-heated oven, and let the marshmallows heat until they’re gooey and browned. Watch them carefully to make sure they don’t burn! They shouldn’t need to be in there very long.
Turn off your oven, and use potholders or a towel to remove your baking sheet from the oven and set it somewhere safe for the heat, like the top of the stove. Let the mugs cool a bit. They should cool quickly, without the liquid inside getting cold!
Then, add some extra graham cracker crumbles on top if you’d like, or some more chocolate syrup, or really anything you’d desire if you want this to be even sweeter! At that point, you’re free to enjoy.
Let us know in the comments if you try any of these delicious fall drink recipes, and what you thought if you did! We’d also be happy to hear about your favorite drinks for ringing in the beginning of the new season.