By: Sabrina Huda Sanchez
As we watch the leaves turn and the weather change, we also welcome a shift in flavors. Synonymous with the Autumn season is Pumpkin Spice as well as cinnamon, chai, caramel, and other tastes that evoke warmth and happiness. The true start to this season is when food service establishments feature these flavors in their menu rather than a date on a calendar.
We’ve collected some of the quintessential drink recipes that you can cozy up with all season long!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
You no longer have to get your pumpkin and allspice craving in a pie form! The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice put this flavoring on the map. Now there are pumpkin spice lattes, cookies, ice cream, cereals… basically everything in the snack and dessert aisles at the grocery store!
We’re saving you a trip to the store and coffeehouses. Enjoy this yummy pumpkin spice recipe:
1. Brew 2 shots of espresso.
2. Pump pumpkin spice syrup into a cup and add brewed espresso. Stir until diluted.
3. Steam milk.
4. Pour steamed milk into the cup of espresso.
5. Top with whip cream and sprinkle ground cinnamon
Sea Salt Cream Coffee
If you have never had this drink before then your first thought may be, “Sea salt with coffee?!” Then the people who have had a version of this at either 85 Degrees Bakery or Starbucks will respond, “Yes, and it’s the best way to enjoy coffee.”
You start with your cold brew base (although you can also make it with hot coffee) and top the cream mixture. Next, snap a pic for Instagram then stir the layers to create an extra creamy sweet and salty concoction. Actually, you can top green teas, matcha teas or any teas with the cream foam!
Here’s the full sea salt cream coffee recipe:
1. Combine the sea salt powder, milk, sea salt and heavy cream into a blender and blend until creamy.
2. Put cold brew into a cup and gently pour the sea salt cream over.
Spiced Chai Tea
There is something about the combined aromas of a spiced chai tea that is so soothing. The chai tea flavors have been captured in concentrates, powders and syrups if you do not want to brew it from scratch. Here you can find a wide array of chai tea products including some unique takes on a traditional chai.
Most agree that the best chai teas are black tea based. Tea Zone has a Vintage Blend which actually contains hints of cassia tora seeds and vanilla which pair great with milk, the other key ingredient in a classic chai. That’s the blend of loose leaves that this recipe uses. Taste the delicious difference is this spiced chai tea recipe:
‧ 60g Tea Zone "Vintage Blend" Black Tea Leaves
‧ 8 cardamom seeds
‧ 8 cloves
‧ 4 black peppercorns
‧ 2 cinnamon sticks
‧ 1 large piece fresh ginger
‧ 2 cups water
‧ 2 cups of milk
‧ Sugar, to taste
1. Crush the cardamom, cloves, and peppercorn. You can use the back of a heavy pan or rolling pin.
2. Put everything except the sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
3. Turn off the heat and allow it to sit for up to 10 minutes.
4. Strain the mixture then serve. Add the desired amount of sugar to a serving.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Technically, hot chocolate can be left alone and still taste so good but we’re here to make it great! A harmonious flavor combination of sweet and salty takes this classic hot beverage to another level. This version isn’t made from scratch so it’s a super simple and easy hot cocoa recipe, which means more time to put your feet up and enjoy. Don’t waste another minute to try our salted caramel hot chocolate recipe:
‧ 2 oz Ghirardelli Premium Hot Cocoa Mix
‧ 1.5 oz Torani Salted Caramel Syrup (or find Torani Sugar Free syrup here)
‧ 8 oz Milk
‧ Whip cream
‧ Torani Caramel Sauce (or get the sugar free version here)
‧ Sea Salt
1. Heat up the milk and mix it with the hot cocoa mix.
2. Stir in the salted caramel syrup.
3. Top with whip cream, drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!
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