Autumn beverages to make at home

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When I think about autumn the first thing that comes to mind are the delicious seasonal drinks it brings. There is nothing I love more than wrapping up and sitting inside away from the cold with a piping hot beverage. The only problem with these autumnal drinks is that they can be expensive and by the end of the season you can end up having spent too much money trying to satisfy your pumpkin spiced latte cravings. If only you could recreate some popular autumn drinks at home for a fraction of the price. Well, here are a few you can.

Pumpkin spiced latte

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One seasonal favourite is the pumpkin spiced Latte which is released every year when the autumn season rolls around. This drink tastes delicious and is perfect for long evenings or cold mornings.

You will need:

  • 300 ml of dairy or non-dairy milk

  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree (which can be purchased from Ocado)

  • 1 to 3 tablespoons of sugar depending on desired sweetness

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin spice (which you can buy on Amazon and is great to keep in the cupboard to add to biscuits or cakes)

  • 2 teaspoons of coffee, mixed with a little water

  • Whipped cream (optional)

Simply heat the milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until hot but don’t boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and mix in the vanilla extract, pumpkin spice, and coffee. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream, sprinkle of pumpkin spice if desired and enjoy.

Campfire hot chocolate

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One of my favourite evening treats is a hot chocolate, it is warm and sweet, and is a perfect little pick-me-up. This hot chocolate recipe has a little seasonal twist, with notes of orange and yummy autumnal spices.

You will need:

  • 300ml of dairy or non-dairy milk

  • 1 tablespoon of hot chocolate powder

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 1 orange (zest and juice)

  • Whipped cream (optional)

Begin by heating the milk and the zest of the orange in a saucepan. Whilst you are doing this mix the juice of the orange, hot chocolate powder, and cinnamon together to make a paste. Once the milk has heated up but not boiled simply pour the milk through a sieve to remove zest and mix the milk into the choc-orange paste. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

Spiced apple cider

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Of course, we cannot do drinks recipes without having something a little naughty. This alcoholic spiced apple cider is super easy to make and automatically makes you feel cosy and ready for autumn.

You will need:

  • 250ml of apple cider (or apple juice if you don’t drink alcohol)

  • 1 orange, cut into slices

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ½ teaspoon of allspice

Simply add all ingredients into a saucepan, stir and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once finished, pour into a mug and serve. (You can use the orange and cinnamon stick to decorate).

We’d love to see if you recreate any of these drinks. Get in touch at @inquirekent on Instagram.