Fall is the perfect time of year for special get-togethers to celebrate family, friends and, did we say, festive drinks!
As the special memories of summer fade into our distant memory, the chilly days of autumn are upon us and what better way to cope with the change than with a fun selection of seasonal fall drinks. Below are yummy drink recipes complied from other sites and some that BUNN® created, just in time for your Halloween parties and gatherings. Even the scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns will want to sneak a taste and get into the foliage fun!
The crowd pleaser: BUTTERSCOTCH FLAVORED COFFEE
Everyone seems to love Fall flavors, but butterscotch is definitely a crowd pleaser. This drink recipe is delicious, and the new BUNN Phase Brew® makes preparing this drink easy as the Phase Brew brews 8 cups of fresh, hot coffee! Your Fall entertaining just got a whole lot easier with this yummy recipe!
- 8 cups hot freshly brewed coffee
- 1 cup butterscotch baking chips
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 6 tbsp sugar, or sugar to taste
- Whipped cream
- additional butterscotch chips for garnish.
Preparation: BUNN's new Phase Brew will brew the perfect 8 cups of coffee. In a 2-quart heatproof pitcher, pour in the butterscotch chips; add the hot coffee. Stir together until the chips are melted. Add the heavy cream and sugar, stirring to blend. Pour coffee into serving mugs. Top each mug with some whipped cream and a few butterscotch chips, if desired.
A true Fall favorite: HOT APPLE CIDER
- 3 quarts apple cider
- 12 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg.
Preparation: In a large saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Strain and serve hot spiced cider hot in mugs. Makes 12 cups of hot-spiced cider.
Source: Cherie Le Penske's family recipe.
The after dinner or late night finale: PUMPKIN SPICE HOT WHITE CHOCOLATE
This hot white chocolate is in the style of European drinking chocolate, which is made with whole milk (and sometimes part cream) and melted high quality bar chocolate. The amount of white chocolate is variable.
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 cinnamon sticks, broken
- 12 whole cloves, crushed slightly
- 12 whole allspice berries, crushed slightly
- 2 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
- 2 tablespoons chopped orange peel (all pith removed)
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 4-6 ounces, high quality white chocolate, roughly chopped
- Pinch sea salt. Don't even think about leaving this out!
Garnish: 1 cup heavy cream, whipped and lightly sweetened* shaved white chocolate, from a bar of white chocolate*ground cinnamon in a shaker.
Preparation: In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, bring the milk to a bare simmer. Lower the heat to keep the milk below the boiling point and add the pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, candied ginger and vanilla bean. Remove from the heat and let cool as long as you can wait (refrigerate if you need to hold longer than an hour). When ready to serve, pour the milk mixture through a triple mesh strainer into a clean saucepan. Heat to just below a simmer and remove from the heat. Add the white chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat, and add sea salt. Just before serving, top each glass of hot chocolate with a generous mound of whipped cream, a few shavings of white chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve immediately. Makes five, 6-ounce servings.
The nutritious drink kids will love: WARM CACAO WITH CINNAMON
Who would have thought almond milk, cacao and agave could turn hot chocolate into a super nutritious drink! Kids will love it! Just don't tell them it's good for them!
- 1 C almond Milk (found at most grocery stores)
- 1-2 T Cacao (to taste)
- 1 T Agave (or more to taste)
- Sprinkle of cinnamon.
Preparation: Warm milk over stove. Combine all ingredients in a blender very carefully. The blender will thicken it nicely.
DRINKS THAT CONTAIN ALCHOHOL
Note: Alcohol used in any of these drinks is optional!
The warm invite¦ IRISH VANILLA COFFEE
Just the thing for a cool Fall evening: Very smooth, warming and inviting for your guests, or just on your own by the fireplace! Plus, with the BUNN My Cafe® you can brew a single cup of coffee in under a minute, making this recipe quick and delicious!
- 1 1/2 oz Irish cream liqueur
- 1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
- 4 oz coffee
- 1 oz whipped cream
Preparation: Use BUNN My Cafe© to brew 4 oz of coffee into a coffee mug. Add 1 1/2 oz. each of Irish cream liqueur and vanilla vodka. Stir lightly and top with whipped cream.
Source: Cherie Le Penske's Irish favorite!
Talk of the neighborhood: CINNAMON TOAST
Warm up on an autumn evening with this spiced rum and apple cider concoction. Super easy and you'll soon be the talk of the neighborhood with this delight!
- 1 1/4 ounce(s) spiced rum
- 6 ounce(s) hot apple cider
- 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
- 1 tablespoon(s) cinnamon
Preparation: Add hot apple cider and spiced rum to a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.
The classic¦HOT TODDY
Hot Toddy is the classic hot drink. Feel free to experiment with your favorite types of tea, or skip it all together and use hot water alone. Most black and green teas mix well with the sweetness of the honey and lemon, but it's a personal preference. BUNN's My Cafe© makes coffee and tea in less than a minute. Plus, the My Cafe© has a pulse brew option which allows you to adjust the tea strength.
- 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/4 lemon
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 tea bag
Preparation: Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon. Next, make a cup of your favorite tea with the My Cafe®. Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.
Source: Cherie Le Penske's family recipe.
A cup of love: A NICE WARM DRINK
Really, the name of this drink says it all and describes the feeling you will have about it. Create this cup of love in the afternoon for a few friends. After sipping for a bit, we guarantee someone will say these words, that's a nice warm drink. And so, the drink may have gained its name. It is a perfect festive drink filled with favorite warming spices and flavors that will serve a small party.
- 1 quart water
- 3 orange spice tea bags
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 1/2 cups ultra-premium rum
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 3 teaspoons butter
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a large pot or kettle. Heat to a simmer on the stove, stirring well at first. Cover and continue simmering for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve by ladling into heated mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange.
Hot minty, chocolate delight¦A MIDNIGHT SNOWSTORM
This recipe for a Midnight Snowstorm is very similar to a Hot Peppermint Patty, using creme de menthe in place of the harsher peppermint schnapps. This substitution leaves the minty, chocolate flavor, but does so in a very smooth, creamy way. Use white creme de menthe inside the drink and add green creme de menthe on top of the whipped cream for a little color.
- 2 oz white creme de menthe
- hot chocolate
- 1/2 oz green creme de menthe
- whipped cream
Preparation:. Use the BUNN My Cafe to dispense hot water to create your hot chocolate. Pour the white creme de menthe and hot chocolate into an Irish coffee glass. Top with whipped cream. Drizzle the green creme de menthe on top.
So while you're out visiting a corn maze or apple orchard with your family and getting ready for Halloween festivities, be sure to make yourself a delicious Fall drink!
The BUNN At Home Team