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Autumn Drinks You'll Fall For
At least in the Northeast of the country, Autumn's come in like a lamb with mild temperatures. The season, though, inexorably marches forward and temperatures are dropping. Nothing feels better this time of year as nesting. Here are some Autumn drinks you'll fall for and complete the mood.
Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie
You knew it was coming. In this season of "pumpkin spiced" everything, I thought I'd get it out of the way. The first thing you want to do is buy a pumpkin spiced latte from an overpriced national chain coffee shop. Throw it directly in the trash and make this which is much better.
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1.5-2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- Coconut Whipped Cream, for garnish
- In a medium-sized bowl, wisk the milk, oats and chia seeds.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for 1 hour our preferably overnight.
- Pour soaked oat mixture into a blender.
- Add the canned pumpkin, molasses, frozen banana, and spices.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add about 5 ice cubes.
- Pulse the blender until ice is evenly distributed.
- Add coconut whipped cream to garnish.
- Drizzle maple syrup to taste.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Green Apple Martini
This drink shows that comfort and savoir faire can go hand in hand. Serve this to an intimate gathering of friends and it's sure to impress and make everyone feel like a sophisticate.
- 1 oz vodka
- 2 oz melon liqueur
- 1 oz sweet and sour mix 1 maraschino cherry
- Fill a cocktail mixer with ice.
- Combine liquid ingredients in the ice-filled cocktail mixer
- Stir vigorously for 30 seconds so as to mix and chill all the ingredients but not so vigorously as to break the ice.
- Strain into a glass.
- Garnish with the maraschino cherry.
Trust the Scandinavians to invent a drink that so appropriately embodies this season. Known locally as "Glogg" or "Glogi" (pronounced "glook"), this beverage pairs well with frigid temperatures outside and a roaring fire inside.
- 1 bottle of dry red wine
- 1 bottle of sweet white wine such as sauternes or Gewürztraminer
- 1 lemon
- 1 orange
- 10 cloves
- 10 cardamom pods
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup blanched almonds
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp bitters 1 cup aquavit or vodka
- Combine wines in a large saucepan.
- Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest of the citrus fruits.
- Squeeze the fruits and add the juice to the wine
- Tie up the lemon peel, orange peel, and spices in cheesecloth.
- Add filled cheesecloth to the wine.
- Add raisins, almonds, and sugar.
- Bring wine mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes or until flavors are well blended and almonds are soft.
- Skim wine from time to time to remove any foam.
- Taste and add sugar as preferred.
- Before serving, add bitters and aquavit or vodka.
- Ladle the mulled wine into mugs or cups.
- Provide a small spoon
Can't go wrong with this holiday classic. Ditch the store bought swill, though, as it's so easy to make yourself. Be sure to use pasteurized eggs to minimize the risk of salmonella. Also important is that this only has a shelf life of about a day and a half in the refrigerator.
- 4 large pasteurized eggs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 4 cups 2% milk 1/2 cup heavy cream
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs until they are thick and lemon-colored.
- Whisk in nutmeg, lemon juice, and salt
- Add the milk and cream.
- Beat with a hand mixer for 1 - 2 minutes or until the eggnog is frothy.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours before serving.
- Serve with nutmeg sprinkled on top.