One of my favourite things about this season are all the spices and flavours, that are too heavy for summer but perfect for colder days. There’s just something so cozy and calming about them. And they’re especially calming in form of (preferably) hot drinks. So, to end October on a high, I’ve got seven recipes for seasonally appropriate drinks for you.

 

The long way

 

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

You need

for two cups

65g sugar
270ml milk
70g dark chocolate
a pinch of salt

whipped cream and caramel sauce for garnishing

 

You do

Preheat a small pot over medium heat. Once the pot is hot, add in the sugar and immediately start to stir. The sugar will soon liquefie; wait until it’s an amber colour while still stirring the whole time.

Add in the milk while continuing to stir. There may be small chunks of caramel, but they’ll disappear again through the heat.

Once the milk is simmering, remove the pot from the heat and add in the chopped up chocolate and whisk until the chocolate has melted. Add in a pinch of salt, taste it and add in a bit more salt if wanted.

Pour the finished hot chocolate into cups and finish it off with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

 

I have to say, the hot chocolate is very rich. Even though I already more than halfed the amount of chocolate from the original recipe, you might still want to take less (or add in more milk).

 

Warm Apple Cider

You need

2 apples
2 oranges
4 cinnamon sticks
a bunch of whole gloves and star anises
1,5l apple juice

you can also add in mulling spice and other fruits

 

You do

Slice up the apples and oranges make sure that they fit into your glasses or mugs. Add everything into a big pot and bring to simmer. Let it simmer for at least an hour and you’re done.

 

For the next two recipes you’ll need pumpkin purée. I’ve never seen it in a grocery store in Austria, so here’s a quick recipe.

Pumpkin Purée

You need

for 70g of purée

100g raw pumpkin

 

You do

Cut up the pumpkin.

Bring some water to boil in a pot and cook the pumpkin for about 20 minutes.

Strain the pumpkin, but save a bit of water. Blend the pumpkin and add in a bit of water if the purrée seems too dry. And that’s it.

 

Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

You need

for one (big) cup

200ml milk
70g pumpkin purrée
30g white chocolate
1 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground gloves

whipped cream and white chocolate for garnishing

 

You do

Mix the milk, pumpkin purrée and spices and put it in a pot over medium heat.

Chop up the white chocolate, put a few bits aside.

As soon as the milk simmers, remove it from the heat and add in the chopped up white chocolate. Top it of with whipped cream and the saved white chocolate.

 

Pumpkin Pie Shake

You need

for one serving

3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
120ml milk
70g pumpkin purrée
4 graham crackers (crumbled)
ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground gloves

whipped cream and extra graham crackers crumbs for garnishing

 

You do

Put the ice cream, milk, pumpkin purée and spices into a blender and blend until smooth. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and poor it into a glass. Top it off with whipped cream and the extra graham cracker crumbs.

 

The easy way

Of course I love the idea of hot chocolate, cider and shakes, but sometimes you don’t have the time (or are just too lazy) to make those but still crave something autumnal. For exactly these accessions the next three recipes will be perfect.

 

Chai tea

Chai tea is a, most commonly, black tea packed with all different spices like cinnamon, ginger, anise, black pepper or gloves. You can find it in literally every grocery store.

I like my chai tea with rice milk and half a teaspoon of honey.

 

Golden Milk

I feel like golden milk is the next big thing after matcha. It’s a spice mix based on curcuma. I have the vanilla one from Sonnentor, but there’s also one that’s more on the ginger side.

You just stir it into hot (plant based) milk and you’re already done. And you should definitely drink it while it’s still warm because it doesn’t taste that good when it’s cold.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Of course I have to include PSL on this list. Is there a more classic thing to drink in autumn? I don’t think so.

I bought the pumpkin spice syrup from Monin last year, and even though it was way too expensive, I’m really happy that I’ve got it at home.

I use one teaspoon of syrup for one cup of coffee and then top it off with milk foam and a bit of cinnamon.

 

And we’re done. There should be something for everyone on this list, but maybe you know other autumnal drinks as well. If so, let me know in the comments. Also, what’s your favourite drink during the colder seasons?

Love, Jacky N.

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