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Food and drink that has us seeing gold
Pumpkin spice latte season has been beaten into our collective consciousness. But, there are so many other fantastic pumpkin drinks for both adults and children. Which one will you try first?
My frozen pumpkin mudslides are a fall cocktail containing Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, vodka, and vanilla ice cream (in addition to pumpkin). I refer to them as adult milkshakes!
Kitchen Treaty offers pumpkin pie smoothies two ways (orange and green). These smoothies are actually vegan! The creamy base of the smoothie is made of cashews, water, and banana. Kitchen Treaty explains that the cashews make the drink super creamy without having to rely on milk to make it happen. She sweetens the smoothies with bananas and maple syrup and, of course, they have pumpkin puree and pumpkin spices! I totally love the idea of getting some pumpkin flavor in a vegan green smoothie!
I adore apple cider and I love Plaid & Paleo's idea of adding pumpkin and spices to apple cider! Plus, aren't those glasses adorable? She decorated them with a Sharpie and says that the decoration easily comes off.
Frugal Foodie Mama totally speaks my language with her pumpkin chai hot buttered rum. It's made with the typical butter, brown sugar, a few spices, a shot of rum, and hot water, but then she includes pumpkin puree! This drink would be the perfect way to warm up on a chilly evening. I so want to snuggle up with a warm blanket, a good book, and one of these!
For a kid friendly hot drink, try my pumpkin pie steamers. Pumpkin steamers are a hot beverage made with steamed milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetened condensed milk. Pumpkin steamers are thick and frothy and taste like you are drinking pumpkin pie. The decorated glasses and straws are optional but so much fun!
It's funny that one of my favorite pumpkin spice latte alternatives comes from a site called A Latte Food and is written by a professed coffee lover, Michelle. It's not even a latte! Michelle says of her pumpkin hot chocolate, "The combination of pumpkin with the rich chocolate is pretty much liquid gold, especially for pumpkin lovers like me. If fall could taste like an actual drink, I think this would be the one. I know, I know—it seems somewhat blasphemous to even suggest that another drink could reign supreme to the pumpkin latte, but, this was good. It was very, very good."
Stefani Pollack is a blogger, freelance recipe developer, and social influencer from St. Louis, Missouri. Visit her blog, Cupcake Project, to find original recipes for unique from-scratch desserts and perfected classics. Visit her Instagram account, @cupcakeproject, for her curated look at the best treats from around the world.