Say sayonara to the high temperatures and humidity, and wave hello to chilly mornings and crisp breezes — it's definitely fall! And with jacket weather comes a whole new season of outdoor activities that call for a toasty beverage.
Each of the following fall drink recipes can be made with or without alcohol and makes about two substantial servings. Make them as is for an all-ages sipper, or add in the optional booze pairings to spice things up for grown-ups. If taking these drinks to-go is the plan, stir the ingredients together just before it's time to hit the road so they'll stay warm all day.
Apple Cider Chai
Bring 2½ cups of apple cider to a simmer and add three chai tea bags. Remove the cider from the heat, cover it and let it steep for 30 minutes. Whisk in 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
To make it boozy, whisk in ¼ cup of apple brandy or apple whiskey with the vanilla.
Whisk together 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of matcha powder together in a bowl. Heat 1 cup of regular coconut milk and 1½ cups of any other milk of your choice (regular, rice, almond, etc.) over medium-low heat. As soon as the milk comes to a simmer, remove it from heat and whisk in the matcha blend.
To make it boozy, whisk in ¼ cup coconut rum after the matcha is blended.
Whisk ½ cup of whole or reduced-fat milk, 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon together in a saucepan over medium-low heat. As soon as the milk comes to a simmer, remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in 2 cups of freshly brewed coffee.
To make it boozy, whisk in ¼ cup of maple whiskey or spiced rum with the coffee.
In a small pot, combine 3 cups of cold water with the juice of one lemon, 1 tablespoon of honey, two cinnamon sticks and two star anise pods. Bring it to a simmer, then remove the pot from the heat.
To make it boozy, add 2 ounces of bourbon, rum or gin.
Hot Apple Cider Toddy
In a small pot, combine 3 cups of apple cider, the juice of one lemon, 1 tablespoon of honey, two cinnamon sticks and two star anise pods. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then remove it from the heat.
To make this drink boozy, simply add 2 ounces of bourbon.