With fall fast approaching and those crisp, autumn nights rolling in, we pulled together a list of the most delicious non-alcoholic fall drinks, infused with your favorite flavors of the season. Whether you’re entertaining or just unwinding by a cozy fireplace, these comforting drinks are the perfect solution.
Fall Harvest Hot Apple Cider
Original recipe from Whole Food Bellies
Skip the grocery store and make your own apple cider at home with a crockpot that is packed to the brim with fresh cinnamon sticks, pomegranate, apples, and oranges. Warm and comforting, this homemade spiced apple cider recipe is a must in your arsenal of fall drinks to nourish and delight.
Makes ten servings
- 4 apples use multiple varieties
- 2 persimmons
- 1 pear
- 1 orange
- Handful of pomegranate arils (optional)
- 9 cups water
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tbsp mulling spices
- Honey or maple syrup to taste
- Core the apples, persimmons, and pears and cut into quarters. Leave the skin on.
- Cut the orange into slices.
- Pop all of the fruit, along with the water, cinnamon sticks, and mulling spices (you can tie these together inside a cheese cloth so that they are easy to remove later), into the crockpot. Set on low for 8 hours.
- Once cooked, remove the cinnamon sticks, the mulling spices, and as much of the fruit as possible.
- Pour the remaining liquid into a blender, blend, and then pour through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container.
- Pour the cider back into the slow cooker, and set to keep warm.
- Serve warm and use some honey or maple syrup to sweeten to taste.
- (Optional) Garnish with some orange, apple slices, and pomegranate arils to make it pretty.
Spiced Orange Mocha Hot Chocolate
Original recipe from The Cupcake Confession
Warm and creamy, this spiced hot chocolate is the perfect warm beverage to wrap your palms around on a cool fall morning.
Makes four servings
- 1 ½ cups milk
- ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
- 2 tbsp freshly made espresso (You can even use instant coffee if making fresh espresso is not possible. Just brew the instant coffee as per package instructions and measure out 2 tbsp.)
- 2 tbsp raw sugar
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 ½ tsp corn flour
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg powder
- Zest of one orange cut into strips
- Topping // Serving Suggestions:
- Peppermint Marshmallows
- Shaved dark chocolate
- Any chocolate-based candy
- In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan add the milk, dark chocolate, and espresso.
- On medium heat, combine the ingredients until the chocolate is partially melted.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 3-4 minutes until the hot chocolate has thickened.
- Take it off the heat.
- Immediately pour in mugs, add the desired toppings, and serve.
Apple Pie Punch
Original recipe from Frugal Mom Eh!
A treat for yourself or if you’re entertaining, this fall drink is a refreshing mix of apple cider, pear nectar, and ginger ale, combined to give you the flavor of apple pie filling. Plus, it comes with a bit of a snack built in. Bonus!
Makes five servings
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 cup pear nectar (can substitute with white grape juice)
- 3 cups ginger ale
- 1 apple, diced (Cortland, Spartan, Empire, and Gala work well!)
- Combine apple cider, pear nectar, and ginger ale into a pitcher or punch bowl. Stir briefly to combine.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
Classic Pumpkin Spice Latte
Flipp original recipe
Recreate this classic at home with all of the creaminess and flavor of your favorite coffee chain’s PSL using a pot, a whisk, and a milk frother.
Makes two servings
- 1 cup 2% milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 shots of espresso or ½ cup strong black coffee
- 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Pull two shots of espresso or brew half a cup of strong, black coffee and distribute between two mugs.
- In a small pot over medium heat, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and brown sugar.
- Whisk constantly until the mixture starts slightly bubbling, around five minutes. Don’t let it boil.
- Use your milk frother to create foam.
- Pour the milk mixture into the two coffee mugs you prepared earlier.
- Optional: top with whipped cream and sprinkle with more pumpkin pie spice.
London Fog with Lavender
Original recipe from Evermine
Who doesn’t love a delicious cup of hot tea? This twist to a regular Earl Grey tea might be just what the doctor ordered on a rainy day this fall!
Makes two servings
- 2 bags of Earl Grey tea
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- Vanilla sugar
- 1 tsp dried lavender, and more to garnish
- Place one tea bag in each mug. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, and divide the water evenly between the two mugs. Steep tea bags for five minutes and then remove.
- While the tea is steeping, combine the milk and dried lavender in a small saucepan, and place over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until hot (not boiling). Remove from heat, and use a whisk or an electric milk frother to make the milk nice and foamy.
- Pour ½ teaspoon sugar (or to taste) into each mug with the tea and stir until sugar dissolves. Add ½ cup milk to each mug, garnish with dried lavender and enjoy!