The fall season has just begun and while some are out picking pumpkins and watching the leaves change colors, others are cozying up by the fire and sipping on a pumpkin spice latte. One of the many things that individuals look forward to in the fall is all the festive and tasty drinks that accompany it. Below are scrumptious coffee, cocktail and downright delicious recipes to try this autumn. Let’s get to the kitchen!
Time to make: 1 hour and 30 minutes, yields 14 servings
3 ½ quarts water
1 (12 ounce) package cranberries
2 cups white sugar
2 oranges, juiced
2 lemons, juiced
12 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
In a large pot, combine the water and cranberries. Bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat, and let the reduction sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, add the remaining ingredients. Cover the tea and steep for one hour.
Time to make: 3 hours and 20 minutes, yields 16 servings
10 apples, quartered
¾ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground allspice
Place the quartered apples in a large pot and add enough water so the apples are covered by a minimum of 2 inches. Add the remaining ingredients. Boil the mixture, uncovered, for an hour. Cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 more hours. Strain the combined mixture through a mesh sieve. Remove the discarded solids. Drain the cider once more through a cheesecloth lined sieve. After filtering, refrigerate the cider until cold. The cider can be frozen for a longer storage time.
Time to make: 5 mins, yields 1 serving
1 cup fat free milk
2 tablespoons caramel i cream topping + extra
2 tablespoon hot chocolate mix (or chocolate syrup)
Pinch of sea salt
½ cup strong coffee
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
Mix together the sea salt and turbinado sugar in a bowl. Set the mixture to the side. Heat the fat free milk, caramel topping, hot chocolate mix/chocolate syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Stop before the mixture begins to boil. Pour this mixture into the blender and blend until it is frothy. Pour the mixture into your favorite fall mug! Carefully pour your hot or cold coffee into one side of the blended milk mixture. Top with a heaping amount of whipped cream and the remaining caramel topping. Sprinkle your creating with the sugar and sea salt you originally mixed.
Time to make: 5 minutes, yields 4 servings
¾ cup pear nectar
1 bottle of champagne
In champagne flutes, divide the pear nectar. Top the glasses with champagne. Garnish with fresh pear slices.
Time to make: 10 mins, yields 6 servings
1 (750 ml) bottle of your favorite red wine
1 orange, sliced into rounds, save extra for a sweet garnish
6 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks, save extra for garnish
3 star anise
¼ cup of honey
½ cup of brandy
In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients over a medium heat. Bring the ingredients to a simmer. Do not let the ingredients boil. Reduce the simmer to a medium-low heat. Simmer delicately over a low heat for 10 minutes. Serve this delicious drink warm and garnish with your choice of cinnamon sticks, orange slices or both. The more the merrier!
There you have it! A short and sweet collection of tasty drinks that will keep you warm and toasty while carving pumpkins, watching a spooky movie, or hanging out with friends. If you are interested in senior living and learning about where there are always activities, a chance to make new friends, and even enjoy a weekly happy hour with those friends, contact Landmark Senior Livings assisted living facility in Beverly. We’d love to show you around and welcome you home.