• Ella Sampson

The Best Drinks To Try This Autumn

Autumn is that perfect time of year where everything gets cosy, the autumnal scents of cinnamon and apples start appearing and we find ourselves snuggling together in those darker evenings, the fire on and watching a film. But when we think of this season, it's not often which think of autumnal drinks to try. It's the usual candle haul of purchasing our favourite spiced wax melts and candles. Blankets at the ready. Warm drinks and cosying up as the nights draw in earlier. So why not start now and try these fabulous autumnal drinks. I guarantee they will complete your evenings!


1. Hot Apple Punch

It does not feel like autumn without having apples and cinnamon. Now this Hot Apple Punch is sure to get your taste buds tingling and set you in that ultimate cosy mood.

It is also the perfect tipple to serve at those gatherings whether you are entertaining guests, bonfire night or just enjoying time with the family!


Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2tsp vanilla extract

  • 2l apple juice (roughly two cartons from your supermarket)

  • 1/2tsp nutmeg

  • a small pinch of ground cloves

  • pinch of whole allspice

  • zest of an orange

Method

  1. Place a saucepan on the hob and pour all the apple juice into it. Put the hob on a medium heat

  2. Using a cheesecloth, wrap the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and the zest from the orange and wrap up. Once wrapped, place in the apple juice and simmer for approximately 30 minutes.

  3. Once simmered, pour the vanilla extract and the smallest amount of nutmeg in the drink and stir.

  4. Serve the drink warm and enjoy the sweet spices

2. Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

A different take on this well known family favourite. If you're hosting a party, this is a great drink for your guests to love and also easy for you to do if you're a busy person and on the go!

I prefer using oat milk as I find it gives it a sweeter taste - I also don't drink cows milk anymore as I figured I am probably lactose intolerant! But please feel free to alter the recipe to your dietary requirements.


Ingredients

  • 1l oat milk

  • 300ml Elmlea Plant Double Cream

  • 200g dark chocolate into small pieces

  • 100g milk chocolate (or dairy alternative) into small pieces

  • whippy cream (or dairy alternative) to serve

  • marshmallows (you can now get vegetarian/vegan marshmallows - Holland & Barrett supply a brand called "Dandies")

  • Grated chocolate of your choice

Method

  1. Using your slow cooker on a low heat, pour in the milk, cream and add both chocolates into the cooker. Place the lid on top and simmer for two hours on a low heat. Stir the drink halfway into cooking.

  2. After two hours, remove the lid and stir again - simmer for another 15-20 minutes until the drink is ready.

  3. Grate your chocolate in the meantime

  4. Using a ladle, pour into heat proof glasses/mugs and add your whippy cream, marshmallows and scatter over your grated chocolate

A really easy drink, especially if you want something behind made in the background of your busy schedule! Plus, it'll go down a treat to with your family and friends.


3.High Fashion Autumnal Cocktail


This autumnal cocktail is fabulous for entertaining guests whilst also bringing a little hint of autumn in it too! Plus it is so easy and quick to make!


Ingredients

  • 2oz Plymouth Gin

  • 1.25oz elderflower liqueur

  • 2 dashes of rhubarb bitters

  • 1.25oz grapefruit juice

  • Garnish with a grapefruit peel (optional)


Method

Build altogether in a whiskey glass over ice and mix together by stirring!


4. Espresso Martini

This classic cocktail is great to show off when entertaining friends and guests. Cooler nights needs a cocktail with a punch! Made using fresh espresso, this cocktail is sure to wake you up!


Ingredients

  • 100g caster sugar

  • 2tbsp coffee liqueur

  • 50ml vodka

  • 2tbsp hot espresso

  • a couple of coffee beans to garnish

Method

  1. pour all of your sugar and 100ml of water into your saucepan on a medium heat. Stir until all of the sugar dissolves and cool. Please be aware this will probably make more than you need but you can store it in the fridge for a couple of weeks if required

  2. grab a handful of ice and put it in the cocktail shaker followed by the rest of the ingredients and 25ml of the sugar syrup (except the coffee beans)

  3. shake hard for around 30 seconds until all combined together

  4. strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the coffee beans


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