Ah... the sounds of leaves crunching under your feet, crisp air that is neither to hot or too cold, and the promise of pumpkin pie, turkey dinners, and cinnamon spice. Fall is almost here!

When I think of fall, I think of all of the above... and tea and warm drinks. Pumpkin spice latte, chai, apple cider. Summer was too warm to indulge in these drinks, and now the time has come to relish in all the delicious fall brews. 

I love to drink tea, so here are some of my favourite fall drinks: 

1. Apple Cider: My husband loves to make apple cider in the crock-pot. We have a 4 L crock pot and he fills it to the brim with his tasty concoction. 

1-  4L jug of apple juice 
1 Lemon, sliced in half
1 Orange, covered in cloves
1 cloth bag filled with 2-4 cinnamon sticks, and a teaspoon of cloves

Put it all in the crock pot and let simmer until fragrant. We let is run the day and enjoy some before or after dinner. If you feel adventurous, you can make the apple juice yourself or use whole apples and mash/blend afterwards. 

2. Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yes, you can go to starbucks and buy it, but making your own is healthier, cheaper, and you can control what you put into it. The first time I made this, it was so good I had 3-4 cups... and then had the caffeine jitters the rest of the day. Choose your coffee wisely! This recipe is for a 2 L crock pot. 

1 small pumpkin, cut in half (don't get a carving pumpkin. Those are too big and unless you cut it a lot, will spoil). 

Put the 2 halves of pumpkin on a baking sheet covered in tin foil. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Celsius, and roast until soft (check it every 15-20 minutes). Remove from oven, and using a spoon or some sort of scraping tool, take out the flesh. It should be the same consistency of an apple sauce. 

2 cups of your favourite coffee. Decaf works just fine here. 
1/2 tbsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/3-1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup of your prefered milk
Optional- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Put all in crockpot, heat at least 2 hours on low. Add more or less of each of the ingredients to suit your taste. Sweeten with honey, agave, sugar, etc. If you don't want it as coffee strong, use less coffee and more milk. 

*Removing the pumpkin will result in a cinnamon spice latte.

3. 2 Ingredient Mocha

This last one is a single serve cup of Mocha coffee. If you want to make more, put all ingredients in a pot. 

2 oz coffee
3/4 cups chocolate milk

Make your coffee, add your milk. Heat in the microwave for 1 min or heat on the stove. 

The way we usually do this is make our coffee with our aeropress, then fill up the rest of the mug with chocolate milk. If you want to make a bigger batch, just make more coffee. And if you don't have a coffee grinder, or aeropress, just make the coffee your usual way, measure some out, and turn the rest of the coffee into a cold brew by putting it in the fridge. Then you can make iced mochas later! If you want your mocha stronger, add more shots. 4+ shots turns into more into a mocha macchiato. 

What is your favourite thing about fall? The clothes? The boots? The seasonal beer? 

Published by Margaret Geary-Merkl