Autumn is a great season for those of us who relish color. If you live somewhere where your trees actually do show a marked difference as the season progresses, then you know all about the cheery fall display that they put on. But it’s also the season for people who love coziness—from sweaters to early sunsets to curling up on the couch with a favorite book. Tasty hot drinks are a phenomenal way to augment the growing coziness. So, it seemed only right to profile some drinks to get your autumn off to a good start!
1 – The great and powerful … pumpkin spice latte
The indomitable pumpkin spice latte. You know something’s reached the pinnacle of cultural achievement when it gets an acronym all it’s own. The PSL might just be the tastiest addition to America’s ever-growing arsenal of words shortened or given acronyms.
The great thing about the pumpkin spice latte is that you can actually customize it according to to your needs. Obviously, you can take the easy route by snagging a hot cup of pumpkin-y goodness at your favorite local coffee shop. But if you have dietary restrictions or are simply concerned about not overtaxing your fragile wallet, you still have options.
Paleo dieters can check out Against All Grain’s Paleo Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe to create their own tasty drink at home. And if you’re always on the lookout for a sugar-free option, here’s a Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup from An Edible Mosaic. Lactose-intolerant coffee lovers don’t have to miss out either with this Starbuck’s copycat recipe. Weather too warm to want hot coffee? No problem, just make yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latte Milkshake.
2 – Try a liquid caramel apple
Delish’s assistant food editor, Lena Abraham, called caramel apples “one of Fall’s greatest pleasures.” And if hot drinks are another staple when the weather cools down, who knows … mixing caramel apples and hot drinks could result in an unbeatable combination.
If you can’t stay away from caramel apples, maybe it’s time you tried them in liquid form. Enter the Caramel Apple Cinnamon Latte. No need to head to a local festival when the caramel apple craving hits, you can concoct this drink in your very own kitchen. (And thanks to flavored syrups, you won’t have to spend hours doing it either).
3 – Bring on the fruit and nuts
For those who don’t like drinking coffee, here’s an alternative sip for cool autumn days—apple nut tea. Fava Tea Company sells Apple Walnut Crisp Herbal Tea. Or, if you’re looking for something just a wee bit different, check out Apple Walnut Cream on Tea Maze.
4 – Cider (not mulled—no way)
Move over spiced cider because the tasty, popular fall drink you’re inclined to pop in your slow cooker when you’ve run out of ideas is not the only way to give cider a lift. Instead, take inspiration from a popular soda fountain favorite … yes, an Apple Cider Float.
5 – The other hot cocoa
While true hot cocoa strikes us as more of a winter drink, chocolate is a vital part of life and should not be ignored in any season. We know there must be a way to rope chocolate in on the fall action.
Sure enough, there is. Just ask Amanda of The Chunky Chef. Her Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate even takes a bold chocolate move—using white chocolate.
6 – A chilled punch with plenty of warm spirit
Hot drinks are great for coziness on cold evenings or comfort on chilly mornings. But maybe you live in a location that gets neither cold evenings nor chilly mornings. You are not left out in the cold (pun intended) just because you don’t need a warm mug to wrap your freezing fingers around. You can still welcome favorite autumn spices despite the heat outside your mobile home.
Try this—a chilled drink. What spice speaks of autumn better than cinnamon? Try Cinnamon Cranberry Punch. It’s a cold drink with a surprising ingredient. Make it for guests and have a blast making them guess just what that special something is.
Fall spirit everywhere
Drinking your new favorite fall drinks isn’t the only way to enjoy some cozy fall cheer. Take some initiative and make your mobile home something of an autumn retreat. Try Give Your Mobile Home A Fall Makeover Inspired By These 6 Examples to get you started. Plus, if you chose a caffeinated drink, you can always hop up and get to work on some tasks to prepare the mobile home for the colder seasons.