10 Homemade Drinks That Taste Just Like Fall
Homemade Apple Cider
Nothing says fall like apple cider. Plain, spiced, virgin, spiked—we love it all. But, this homemade version from Gimme Some Oven takes it to a totally new level. Although it's a labor of love (the entire thing takes just over three hours), the scents of whole cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and fresh oranges fill your house and make it so worth it even before you get a taste. (Want to turn it into a happy hour favorite? Give this Hot Apple Pie cocktail a shot.)
Vegan Caramel Frappe
Order a caramel frappuccino from any average coffee shop and you get a beverage bomb loaded with sugar, fat, and mystery ingredients. But this vegan frappe from The Minimalist Baker gives you all of the flavor and all of the fall festiveness without any of the diet-busting risk. Even better? It's only made from three ingredients—coffee, almond milk ice cubes, and vegan caramel sauce—so you know exactly what you're tasting.
Autumn Spiced Toddy
Sometimes, it's best to keep it simple. Case in point—this autumn spiced iced coffee from Ari's Menu. All you have to do is add cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves to your favorite iced coffee (But here's Why You Should Ditch Your Iced Coffee for Cold Brew.) Whether you're headed out the door or looking for a relaxing Saturday morning, this low-cal, easy option will give you just the fall fix you need.
Pumpkin Apple Cider Fizz
Pumpkin pie meets cocktail hour with this Pumpkin Apple Cider Fizz from Kitchen Konfidence. The pumpkin puree and apple cider amp up the sweet seasonal flavor, but the ginger beer gives it a enough of a bite to keep it from tasting too much like a dessert. Even better? With just four ingredients, you can serve this up as a festive addition to a dinner party or whip it up without warning for a last minute drive-by visit.
Caramel Apple Spice
Cooler days call for piping hot drinks—piping hot drinks that taste like apple pie, that is. Enter the Caramel Apple Spice from In Katrina's Kitchen. While it's certainly an indulgence, the homemade version doesn't carry the hefty price tag of the Starbucks seasonal favorite. So whip this up when you're feeling like treating yourself; then sit back and enjoy the heavenly mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, and more.
Best Ever Spiced Mulled Wine
Give your nightly glass of red a seasonal spin by adding fragrant citrus fruits and cozy fall spices to the mix. This mulled wine recipe from Adeline and Lumiere calls for lemon, orange, anise, cinnamon, and ginger. Drink the warmed and infused wine over your favorite Netflix episode after work or serve it up at a get-together with friends. (Need another reason to drink red wine? Read about how A Daily Glass of Red Wine Benefits Your Brain Age.)
Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate
Swap your average cup o' joe for a spicy, creamy, chocolatey, and (get this) vegan drink instead. Sound too good to be true? Thanks to Fit Foodie Finds' Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate recipe, you can have this guiltless treat in just minutes. The DIY chai spice mix creates a deep flavor profile that tastes (and smells) just like fall while the scoops of cocoa powder and a bit of almond milk keep it light and figure-friendly. At under 80 calories per cup, you can even go back for seconds.
Stone Fence Cocktail
Gingerbread Spice Latte
A gingerbread latte sounds more like a dessert than a suitable option for the morning caffeine fix. But, with Chocolate Covered Katie's Gingerbread Spice Latte, you can have a sweet treat to start your day without feeling guilty. Almond milk and a hefty serving of spices (including gingerbread, of course) star in place of sugar and heavy cream. (Looking for more ways to use gingerbread? Check out these 10 Healthy Cookies You Can Eat for Breakfast!)
Cardamom and Orange Spiced White Hot Chocolate
A childhood classic gets an grown-up twist with this Cardamom & Orange Spiced White Hot Chocolate from Will Cook for Friends. The creaminess of the white chocolate spiked with orange zest plus a generous serving of cardamom makes for a decadent, delicious, and oh-so-adult cup of hot chocolate.