When it comes to fall drinks, there’s only one rule to live by: sugar, spice and everything nice. The warm autumn energy calls for a cozy drink to snuggle up on the couch with. Here are four easy, at-home recipes and some Starbucks selections of fall drinks you need to try this season!
Honey Coffee Honey coffee is a great way to sweeten up your morning boost with a touch of fall. To make this drink, start with a regular cup of cold-brew, or any roast of coffee, and add milk to taste. Simply add ¼ cup of honey and a dash of cinnamon to take your coffee to the next level!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Ah yes, the iconic PSL. Everyone knows and loves it. Of course your local Starbucks has the drink, but a homemade version is totally doable!
“I’ve been making an at home pumpkin spice latte,” said Hana Bagheri, a freshman cell biology and genetics major. “I do 6 ounces of hot fresh brewed coffee, 1/8 cup of oat milk mixed with 1/8 cup frothed cashew milk, with 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1 pack of truvia sweetener and done! I also put extra pumpkin pie seasoning on the top...I honestly like it more than Starbucks now because I can customize everything and control what and how much of everything I put inside.” Fluffy Hot Chocolate When thinking of a drink to warm you up during the colder months, no drink beats a classic hot chocolate. Here’s a recipe from tasteofhome.com that will immediately upgrade your favorite hot chocolate recipe:
For this recipe, you’ll need: 8 teaspoons of sugar, 4 teaspoons of baking cocoa, 4 cups of 2% milk, 1-1/2 cups of miniature marshmallows and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
“In a small saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until marshmallows are melted, about eight minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs.”
And voila! You’ll never be able to make another regular hot chocolate after trying this recipe.
Warm Spiced Cider If you’re not a coffee person, a nice spiced cider is the perfect fall drink for you. This recipe from tasteofhome.com takes your basic apple cider and elevates it with a variety of fall spices and aromas. For this recipe, you will need: 4 cups of apple cider or unsweetened apple juice, 2-1/4 cups of water, 1 can (6 ounces) of frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed), 3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, 3 whole cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks and optional orange slices.
Warm spiced cider is not too sweet and not too bitter-- it’s the perfect drink for a cozy Sunday afternoon, or even to pair with a pumpkin spiced breakfast!
Our Starbucks picks Though it is fun to try out homemade recipes for yourself, it is hard to resist the variety of tempting seasonal drinks that coffeehouses like Starbucks offer every year. Here are two seasonal drinks that are worth a try:
“From Starbucks, my go to is either: a grande pumpkin cold brew with light ice, medium pumpkin spice topping, a light splash of coconut milk, 2 honey blends, extra cinnamon almond milk cold foam, 1 shot of ristretto and no vanilla syrup,” Bagheri said. “Or, I like a grande iced almond milk honey flat with light ice, medium pumpkin spice topping, 2 honey blends, medium cinnamon almond milk cold foam and 1 shot of ristretto (I like ristretto because it’s a lot smoother than espresso). Both are so fall and creamy and give me tons of energy without being too heavy or too sweet.”
The fall experience is not complete without one of your favorite drinks. Whether you make it yourself or a pick one up from Starbucks, there is a fall drink for everyone.