Fall is for warm flannel blankets, fashionable checkerboard patterns, snuggling up by a cozy fire, and enjoying a frothy, spiced drink. If you’re not careful, you can end up spending a fortune at the grocery store or coffee shop on artisan or specialty drinks. Instead, craft your own fall drinks by trying one of these three amazing fall drink recipes — which you can easily make in your own dorm room!
Homemade Apple Cider
You don’t need an apple press or a ton of time to make apple cider. Really, all you need to do is have access to a large pot and a stove to make this recipe happen. Experiment with different varieties of apples and a number of spices until you find the recipe that works for you. We guarantee it’s much better than store-bought versions!
- 10-12 apples, sliced or in large chunks
- 1 ½ tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. allspice
- ½ cup sugar
- Pour apples into a large pot and cover with 2-3 inches of water
- Add the cinnamon, allspice, and sugar until mixed completely
- Bring to a boil and keep it there for an hour
- Cover the pot and let simmer for two hours
- Strain the apple cider until all of the chunks are out and stir to ensure it’s mixed properly. Serve warm or cool.
DIY Pumpkin Spiced Latte
At $4 a cup, we’ll pass on Starbucks! This homemade version is easy and fast, and you can serve it up at a party or tailgate! The only equipment you’ll need is a coffee maker, a blender (or hand mixer), and a microwave. It’s so simple and delicious, and this recipe makes 3 mugs so you can share with your roomies!
- 3 cups milk
- 3 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 6-8 oz. coffee
- Whipped cream (as desired)
- Warm milk in microwave at ten-second intervals until warm
- Place warmed milk, sugar, pumpkin spice, and vanilla in a blender and blend, or hand mix until mixture is foamy
- Divide milk mixture among 3 cups
- Add coffee and stir gently for a few seconds
- Add whip cream and any extra pumpkin spice as garnish
When you need a tasty, crowd-pleasing drink fast, you could stick with one of those pre-prepared sugar-laden fruit punch drinks, or even DIY the typically bland, overdone homemade kind. But none of those really says fall — definitely not like this seasonal version. Warm and full of apple and honey, it’s just what you need for cooler mornings and afternoons without missing out on that more festive feel. Plus, it pairs perfectly with tailgating foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ.
- 4 cups hot black tea
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 4 cups cranberry juice
- 4 cups apple juice or apple cider
- 3 cups orange juice, pulp-free
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- Blend and stir all ingredients in large pot
- Bring mixture to boil
- Lower temperature and allow to simmer for 1-2 hours
- Remove cinnamon sticks and serve warm or cold
These three recipes will help you sip on fall flavors all season long, without breaking your budget. Let us know which ones you make and what your favorite turns out to be!