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Fall not only marks a change in the weather and welcomes fall fashions. It also means the return of pumpkin-spiced everything. Many coffee shops like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks see great success from their seasonal beverages, but this year, there have been reports that many of these pumpkin-flavored drinks actually don’t contain any pumpkin at all. The UK’s Daily Mail reported that Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte doesn’t contain any pumpkin, just pumpkin pie flavored syrup and a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. This may be a little upsetting, but here are a few other autumn-themed beverages for you to try.
Spiced Apple Cider
1 gallon fresh apple cider
10 cinnamon sticks
5 anise pods
3 teaspoons whole cloves
1 cup extra dark rum (optional)
Orange slices for garnish
Pour the cider into a large pot and simmer with the spices for 10-15 minutes. If you want, tie the spices up in cheesecloth for easy removal later – or just let people deal with cloves in their drinks. Add the rum at the end. Garnish with a slice of orange.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Prep time: 10 minutes
• 1 15-ounce can pumpkin (chilled)
• 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk (chilled)
• 8 ounces vanilla yogurt
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• Whipped cream, to taste (optional)
1. Combine pumpkin, milk, yogurt, sugar and spice in a blender; cover.
2. Blend until mixture is smooth.
3. Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream (if desired) and an additional sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Serves four.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
For a twist on standard hot chocolate, you can add in other flavors like peanut butter. This recipe from Food.com takes a few hours to cook, but once it’s ready, you’ll have a rich, warm beverage to share with the household, office or party.
Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 1-4 hours
• 1 cup powder chocolate milk mix or powder cocoa mix
• 8 cups hot water
• 3/4 cup chocolate syrup
• 1/4 cup peanut butter
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Pour cocoa mix in a 3-4 quart slow cooker.
2. Carefully stir in hot water.
3. Stir in chocolate syrup.
4. Cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours or on high for 90 minutes to 2 hours.
5. Whisk in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
6. Ladle cocoa into mugs. Serves nine.
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