‘Tis the season for fall beverages galore! Fall is the start to the drink specialty season—and with the assortment of fall drinks at Starbucks, coffee recipes down your timeline, and fall beverage ideas, it is hard to decipher what the best fall coffee drinks are for 2016. Stay with us through our coffee recipe guide as we highlight the top festive drinks to warm up and get your caffeine kick!
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Around this time a year, it becomes increasingly tempting to indulge on fall coffee shop drinks—but the prices can add up. Follow these coffee recipe ideas to cut the costs and mimicking your favorite holiday flavors at home!
Love mocha flavored everything? You are not alone! If you believe that there are few things better than chocolate and caffeine in one beverage, then try out this coffee recipe, mocha included! The frozen mocha coffee drink is a frothy concoction is very simple to make, and only includes 4 ingredients: 6 oz. of cooled brewed coffee, 2 tablespoons of your favorite coffee creamer, 2 tablespoons of hot cocoa powder and 10-12 ice cubes. Add all of these ingredients into a blender until smooth, and you have a fall inspired drink made just like the pros! For an extra festive taste, add a dash of cinnamon, or even a dollop of maple syrup to taste! This is one of the best fall blender drinks, because it is short on required ingredients and prep time!
There’s nothing that says fall more than smooth, thick, sugary caramel paired with a warm coffee! Many coffee shops offer Caramel Macchiatos on their menu, a popular fall coffee drink that can become pricy for caffeine connoisseurs. Avoid the lines and the price tag with this yummy fall drink recipe! Begin with ¾ cup of strong coffee, ½ cup of milk (we recommend 2%), 2 teaspoons of caramel syrup, 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon syrup, 1 ½ table spoons of brown sugar and whipped cream! Combine the hot coffee, caramel syrup, cinnamon syrup and brown sugar into a glass. Grab a mason jar, or a cup with a lid, and pour in the 2% milk, shaking until it’s foamy. Nuke your foam in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then gently fold in the foam/milk to combine with hot coffee mixture. Finish with whipped cream and more caramel syrup!
One final coffee shop knockoff is the oh-so-famous pumpkin spice latte! Join the bandwagon and follow this fall coffee recipe! Start with 3 tablespoons of brewed strong ground coffee, 2/3 cup water, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 2 teaspoons of honey and 2/3 cup milk. Stir the pumpkin pie spice into the honey until completely blended and set aside. Pour the cold milk into a microwave-safe bowl, and tilt it to one side as you whisk the milk at a fast pace. After about 2 ½ minutes, your milk should be frothy. Zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds to achieve optimal foamy-ness. Pour your hot brewed coffee into a cup, stir in the honey mixture until completely dissolved, and top with the hot milk and a dash of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. This is one of the most popular fall inspired coffee drinks!
Fun Flavored Creamers
If you’re looking for a simpler way to add festive taste to your coffee recipe at home, try making creamers to add to your cup of joe!
Creating easy fall coffee recipes often only requires changing the type of creamer you are adding. The flavor of your beverage can be transformed based on what you add after you brew! For a perfectly seasonal pumpkin flavor, try out a pumpkin spice coffee creamer! Grab your blender and add a bottle of cinnamon creamer, which should be available this time of year, ¼ cup of pumpkin puree, ¼ teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup, from 1 to 4 tablespoons to taste. Pulse until smooth.
Encapsulates your love for the warm ooey gooey sweets of fall with homemade Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer. You can create this delicious coffee creamer with only 5 ingredients: 1 cup milk, 1 cup heavy cream, 2 and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons packed light brown sugar. Begin by combining milk and cream in a medium saucepan. Sprinkle cinnamon over milk and cream mixture, add vanilla and whisk in to combine. Mix in brown sugar and heat up the mixture but do not boil. Once well blended, remove from heat. Cool to room temperature or use right away in your coffee. Create yummy fall coffee drinks with this creamer for up to 5 days!
To round up out fall drink guide, we wanted to share our favorite fall alcoholic beverages! There’s no better way to ring in the holidays then to kick back and enjoy these fall bar drinks.
What’s a fall alcoholic beverage without a pumpkin coffee liqueur recipe? To craft a Pumpkin Pie Martini, you will need 2 ounces vanilla vodka, 2 ounces white creme de cacao (flavored liqueur), 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 ½ tablespoons of pumpkin puree. Put the pumpkin puree into a cocktail shaker with a couple of ice cubes and shake it 10-15 times to break it up. Next, add more ice, plus the vanilla vodka, creme de cacao and heavy cream, and shake very, very thoroughly to break up the puree. Strain into the martini glasses. Decorate the rim pf your martini glass using powdered graham crackers and a dash of nutmeg! This is one of the best fall liquor drinks, and it’s sure to warm you up!
If you love fall drinks with vodka, then try out this recipe for homemade Apple Pie vodka. You will need 4-5 sliced Granny Smith apples, 3 cinnamon sticks approximately 2 cups 190 Proof vodka, 1 3/4 cup filtered water and 1/4 cup simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar, cooked on the stove until combined fully). Fill a 32-ounce jar with the sliced apples and cinnamon sticks (use enough to fill the jar to the top). Pour in the vodka until it touches the brim. Seal the jar and shake lightly, ensuring all of the apples are fully submerged and touched by the vodka. Refrigerate for a minimum of 48 hours. After refrigerating, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the fruit and cinnamon. Return the flavored vodka to the mason jar. Pour in the simple syrup and filtered water. Stir to fully combine. Your apple pie vodka can be stored for 2 or 3 weeks. This is a good fall drink with vodka because it can also be transformed into a spritzer by adding apple cider (1/4 cup per shot of flavored vodka) and club soda to top! This is a fall drink favorite simple and tasty enough to become a yearly tradition.