There are just too many things with pumpkin spice in it these days. I've even seen an advertisement for pumpkin spice flavored dental sticks for dogs.
Seriously. Enough already. Even our pets are sick of pumpkin spice, and they don't even know what "basic" is.
So, in the spirit of all things cozy that are not related to pumpkins, but may contain spices, I give you seven delicious hot beverages to sip on while wearing your Uggs, a messy bun and an over-sized sweater.
Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa
What I love about Aurora's recipe is that she's totally freestyling it. Basically, just toss in all of the ingredients and keep tasting until you think it's good. It's a great excuse to "taste test" the delicious dark chocolate as you blend everything together!
Recipe by Aurora
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (or to taste)
- 2 ounces dark chocolate, 85% (or to taste)
- 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream (or more)
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon (or more)
- Heat milk in saucepan over medium heat, 3-4 minutes
- Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved, 1 minute
- Stir dark chocolate into milk until melted, 2-3 minutes
- Remove saucepan from heat and stir cream and cinnamon into milk mixture
- Serve and enjoy!
Buttered Rum Drink
Nothing quite like a little rum in your tummy to warm the blood on a rainy fall day. Try this easy one-cup recipe for Buttered Rum - I hear it fights off colds too!
- 1 1/2 tsp butter
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp confectioner's sugar
- 1 shot dark Jamaican rum (1.5 fluid ounce)
- 2 tbsp crème brûlée flavored ice cream
- 1 pinch ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup simmering water
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- Combine butter, brown sugar, and confectioners' sugar in a large coffee mug;
- Stir the mixture together with a fork until well combined.
- Pour in the rum, add the ice cream and cinnamon, and fill the remainder of the mug with simmering water.
- Mix the drink with the fork until the ice cream and butter have melted together to make a creamy topping.
- Sprinkle with a dash of nutmeg, and serve.
If you're feeling adventurous and dreaming of sandy beaches, try out Jessyschreier's sweet and spicy Quentao recipe. The flavors of citrus and spice will warm you from the inside-out!
photo by lane
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 cups water
- 3/4 cup cubed fresh ginger root
- 2 limes, sliced
- 4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
- 1 bottle of cachaca (Brazilian white wine)
- Pour sugar into a 3-quart saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Cook while stirring gently until the sugar melts and turns golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Carefully and slowly pour in the water, stirring to dissolve the caramel.
- Add the ginger, lime, and cinnamon; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Pour in the cachaca (or another white wine), and cook until hot, about 5 minutes more.
- Strain before serving.
Warm Mulled Cider
Real Simple magazine published this recipe online and as they say, it really does smell as good as it tastes! I've modified the recipe a little to include a whole apple and cranberries.
- 1 navel orange
- 1 apple
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1/2 gallon apple cider
- 2 tbsp honey
- 5 whole allspice berries
- 6 whole cloves
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 piece ginger, thinly sliced
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- With a vegetable peeler, pee the zest from the orange to create long strips
- Remove the stem of the apple and pierce the skin with the cloves - they should stick into it like a pin cushion
- In a medium pot: bring the cider, honey, allspice, apple, cranberries, nutmeg, ginger and orange zest to a simmer - do not boil.
- Heat, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until your apple is shriveled.
- Ladle into cups and serve warm with cinnamon sticks
Easy Blender Eggnog
Who says eggnog is just for the holidays? There's no reason to wait until December for your favorite, creamy drink! This is easy recipe from REAL SIMPLE is delicious. I've modified it slightly by adding whipped cream and cinnamon, because we're not counting carbs anyway.
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup brandy
- Whipping cream
- Cinnamon to taste
- In a medium saucepan, bring the heavy cream, sugar, and nutmeg just to a simmer.
- In a blender, blend the eggs on low speed for 1 minute.
- With the motor running, gradually add the hot cream mixture. Blend until frothy, about 30 seconds more.
- Add the brandy and blend to combine.
- Top with whipped cream and cinnamon, serve warm.
This delicious, traditional drink featured on Food Network will get you dancing a jig in the kitchen after just a few sips. This is not your average coffee and it will surely shake the cold from your bones.
Barman Dara Cruise, Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin Ireland.
- 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
- 1tbsp brown sugar
- 1 shot of Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tbsp)
- Heavy cream, slightly whipped
- Whip heavy cream until thick
- Fill a mug with hot water to heat it, then empty
- Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass up to 3/4full
- Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved
- Blend Irish whiskey
- Top with a collar of whipped heavy cream by pouring slowly over the back of a spoon
- Serve hot and enjoy
Homemade Mint White Hot Chocolate
If you love Klondike bars, or After Eight chocolates, you'll love this warm, refreshing take on traditional hot chocolate! Michelle, from the Gracious Wife, has the most delicious, creamy recipe for white hot chocolate that the mint-lover in your life is sure to enjoy!
The Gracious Wife
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups half & half
- 1 (12 ounce) bag white chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: A few drops of food coloring
- Marshmallows for topping
- In a large pot, add milk and half-and-half, and heat over medium heat until steamy but not boiling.
- Stir in the white chocolate chips. Continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is creamy.
- Stir in food coloring and extracts. Stir until smooth. Serve warm.