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5 Fall Drinks That Are NOT Pumpkin Spice

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5 Fall Drinks That Are NOT Pumpkin Spice

It's that time of year when the mornings are just a little bit chillier and the idea of curling up with a nice, warm blanket becomes more and more appealing. And while some people are still sipping margaritas and holding on to the last vestiges of summer, others are already wrapping their hands around a warm cup of pumpkin spice!

Pumpkin spice seems to be one of those things that people either absolutely LOVE or absolutely HATE. It’s quite a polarising flavour! Of course, treating yourself to a fancy pumpkin spice latte now and then is one thing, but drinking them on a regular basis can put quite a dent in your budget. For more great budgeting tips, check out 11 great financial tips for Canadians on a tight budget.

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Hot Buttered Cider

Move over, lattes, ciders have you beat in the warm and cozy department! Traditionally made with rum, you can easily either substitute with whiskey or leave out the alcohol completely.

Often mistaken with nogs and toddies, the difference between the three boils down (get it?) to the main ingredients. While hot buttered cider is made with butter (yum!) like the name suggests, the other two are not. Nogs (short for eggnog) are made with eggs and cream and toddies are made with sugar and honey.

Adding the silky sweetness of butter makes a Hot Buttered Cider an easy contender to go up against the mighty Pumpkin Spice.

To make a Hot Buttered Cider (2 servings):

  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • A dash of allspice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 oz rum (optional)
  • Fresh nutmeg for serving (optional)

Instructions: Combine the butter, brown sugar, spices, and salt in a bowl and blend until smooth. Heat the cider in a saucepan and, when heated, add the butter mixture and whisk until the butter mixture has completely melted. Pour into mugs and add an ounce of rum to each mug (optional) and top with a dusting of fresh nutmeg.

Mulled Wine

Often thought of as a holiday drink, mulled wine is great on chillier days no matter the season. Not only is the hot drink perfect for warming cold hands on a chilly evening, but there is just something about mulled wine that warms your insides as well.

In Germany, the term for mulled wine translates to “glow wine” and that seems like a pretty fitting term considering how it seems to give you a warm, fuzzy glow, from the inside out!

To make mulled wine (serves 4):

  • 1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and warm over medium-low heat. Bring the wine to a low simmer and do not allow it to boil. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carefully ladle into serving mugs and voilà!

Pumpkin Honey Spiced Latte

Looking to be part of the “spiced lattes” crowd but hate the taste of pumpkin? Why not swap out the pumpkin flavours and replace it with honey for a honey spiced latte instead? The sweet honey is great for soothing the sore throats that seem to follow the crisp, fall air.

Honey spiced lattes are quite a versatile coffee beverage. Not only are they great for early-morning, casual sipping while gazing out the window at the changing leaves on the trees, but they are also perfect for serving to guests after dinner, as the flavours of honey and spices make it an easy after-dinner treat.

To make a Honey Spiced Latte (serves 2):

  • Prepared drip coffee (for 2 servings)
  • ¾ cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ⅛ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of cloves

Instructions: Add milk, honey, molasses, and spices to a saucepan. Warm over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once warmed through and steaming, remove from heat. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth and foamy. Divide between 2 mugs. Pour coffee over spiced honey blend.

Apple Cranberry Sangria

Ah, sangria! What a classic summertime drink. It is perfect for sitting on an outdoor patio with friends, sitting poolside, or to make in large batches for a backyard barbecue. No matter the occasion, a good sangria goes hand-in-hand with summertime.

By swapping out a few of the classic sangria ingredients and replacing them with fall fruits and adding some spices, you can turn your summertime sangria into a perfect autumnal drink!

To make a Apple Cranberry Sangria (serves 8):

  • 1 bottle bold red wine
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • 2 gala apples, cut into slices
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 14 whole cloves
  • 1 orange, cut into rounds

Instructions: Place the cloves into 14 of the apple slices. Then add the apples, cranberry juice, cinnamon, and vanilla bean to a saucepan. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add the wine, triple sec, and oranges to a large pitcher. Add the cooled apple/cranberry mixture to the pitcher, mix thoroughly, and refrigerate for 2 - 4 hours until completely chilled.

Slow-cooker Chai Tea Latte

Nothing says that the colder weather has arrived like taking out the slow cooker. There is just something comforting about a yummy, slow-cooked meal. But slow cookers aren’t only for stews and soups. It is also great for preparing a slow-cooked, warm beverage that will be ready by the time you get home from work!

Although a classic served all year round, the spice palette in a chai tea is just perfect for fall. The classic cloves, allspice, cinnamon mixture seems to pop up in just about every fall classic - from apple pie to turkey stuffing! And that’s just one of the reasons this chai tea latte is simply bang-on for fall (and the other reason is that it’s just plain delicious!).

To make a Slow-Cooker Chai Tea Latte (serves 6):

  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp chai tea leaves
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 star anise
  • ½ cup honey

Instructions: Add the boiling water and chai tea leaves to the slow cooker and cook on high for 15 minutes. Add all the other ingredients. Stir to combine. Cook on high for 2.5 - 3 hours. Strain and serve.

Fall Beverages to Sip and Enjoy

Summer was great but fall has its own charm and peacefulness - the changing leaves, the crisp air, the wind blowing through the trees. Sigh. Autumn is a great time to relax, outdoors or inside, and sip on warm beverages while contemplating the ever-changing seasons.

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