First, let me officially wish you a happy fall! Since I am just about as basic as they come, I am so excited for all things autumn: cooler weather, warmer clothes, more artsy Instagram posts, and—of course—fall flavors. Apple, pumpkin, and cinnamon are coming back into season, and I, for one, am most thrilled about warm fall drinks. Ugh, what I wouldn’t do for a glass of hot apple cider or coffee with Irish cream. If you’re anything like me, you get bored with the same old flavors and you’re looking for fun new drinks to try. Well, look no further. Here are some unusual ways to spike your warm fall drinks. Enjoy and drink responsibly!
Mounds Bar Hot Chocolate
Now, the normal way to spike a hot chocolate would be with some Irish cream. But, normal is boring. Try this hot chocolate recipe spiked with Malibu. It’s like drinking a Mounds Bar.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Can’t decide between mulled wine and hot chocolate? Have both! This recipe for red wine hot chocolate is an interesting yet tasty take on spiked hot chocolate. Plus, it’s wine and chocolate in one mug—what more could you possibly want?
Hot Tea with Orange Liqueur
I love the fall because I am 95-years-old and I get genuine joy out of wrapping myself in a blanket and clasping a hot cup of tea in both hands. I personally love a fruity tea, so I’m psyched to try this tea spiked with orange liqueur (among other things). Some say this recipe also gives off a subtle blueberry flavor, but we’ll just have to see for ourselves.
Salty Maple Buttered Cider
Sick of the same old fall drink? Well this recipe takes all the fall drinks and flavors you could possibly think of and combines them into one super drink. Hot buttered rum? In here. Cider? In here. And don’t even get me started on how many flavors are in this drink (maple, vanilla, and apple, just to name a few). Out of everything on the list, I’m most excited to try this drink. It literally sounds like fall in a glass.
Jack Daniel’s Hot Tennessee Toddy
Unfortunately, with cooler weather comes cold season. But there’s no reason to avoid a spiked fall drink just because you’re a little under the weather. Now, a classic hot toddy is usually just a spirit, hot water, and honey. But kick your cold to the curb by adding some lemon to it like in this hot toddy recipe. This is basically hot lemonade with honey and whiskey—the stuff cold medicine is made of. Also, if I can make a recommendation, I think honey-flavored whiskey would really amplify the flavors in this drink.
Warm Woolly Sheep Cocktail
I know what you’re thinking: What the hell is a warm woolly sheep cocktail and what could it possibly have to do with fall? Just bear with me, because this drink actually sounds incredible. Remember how you were never tired as a kid and your mom would make warm milk, and that just knocked you out cold for 10 hours? This drink is the adult version of that. Warm milk is spiked with Drambuie for a honey flavor and scotch for that cozy and sleepy feeling that comes with the fall. Not to mention, it sounds delicious.
Spiked White Mint Hot Chocolate
If there are three things in this world that I love, it’s white chocolate, mint hot chocolate, and alcohol. Luckily, this seasonal drink contains a healthy dose of all three! Make sure you stock up on peppermint candies and whipped cream for a garnish!
Leave the Bailey’s behind and opt instead to spike your coffee with Strega, a strong Italian liqueur referred to by some as “the witches’ liqueur.” Perfect for Halloween, this spookily-strong coffee tastes great topped off with whipped cream and nutmeg.
Mulled Wine Margarita
You may be thinking that mulled wine is already alcoholic and doesn’t need to be spiked, but don’t think negative thoughts like that. There’s no such thing as a drink that doesn’t need to be spiked, and tequila has never made anything taste worse. With this mulled wine margarita recipe, you can enjoy the warmth and fall flavors of a mulled wine with even more booze. Don’t forget the salt on the rim!
Maple Apple Cider
Flavored liquor will be your best friend in terms of experimenting with spiking your drinks. To add an extra flavor to your favorite hot apple cider, try spiking it with maple-flavored whiskey like in this recipe. The flavor of the liquor will be complemented by the sweetness of the maple, and your drink will be all the better for it.
Hot Absinthe Tea
Yup, you read that right. The last spiked drink on the list gives a whole new meaning to “spiked.” This is straight up tea with absinthe (number 10 on the link’s list). Cranberry, cinnamon, and honey flavors give the tea a fall vibe, and the absinthe gives it a certain special kick.
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