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Warm autumn drinks for cold nights

By Mai Vabo Nov 1, 2014

November is rolling around with more harsh winds, pouring rain, and for most students: A stuffy nose, a bank balance we’d rather not look at, and a growing panic toward that 2500 word essay looming over our heads.

It’s around this time every year that I retreat into my room with my books, essays, blankets and most importantly: A big cuppa to get rid of the outside chill.

Hot chocolate

A basic recipe for a fluffy and rich hot chocolate

(2 servings)

  • 400 ml milk
  • 200 ml water
  • 5 tbsp. cocoa powder (100g dark chocolate)
  • 2-3 tbsp. sugar
  • 4-5 drops vanilla extract
  • A pinch of chilli powder

Heat milk and water on medium heat and add all the ingredients, using a whisk to blend everything together. Turn up the heat, bring it to a boil, and to get the right frothy texture, wait as long as possible before turning the heat off and pour it into two large cups.

Roasted Marshmallow on Hot Chocolate

Looking for a little extra?

Grilled fluff: Add a tbsp. or two of marshmallow fluff to your cup, and grill it in the oven for about 3 minutes for a crispy golden crust.

A Little Kick: Switch some of the water for a little bit of bourbon for an extra kick, or even some tequila and cayenne pepper: a perfect spicy taste.

Salted Caramel: Add in a pinch or two of sea salt and about 3 tbsp. caramel syrup.

Peppermint Mocha: Exchange 1-2 tbsp. cocoa powder with some instant espresso, a few drops of peppermint essence and you’ll have a delicious Mocha to get you through a long night.


Blackcurrant Sensation

A great alternative if you’re feeling ill

  • Blackcurrant Cordial
  • Boiled water
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper
  • Tequila/Whisky/Preferred alcohol

Boil water and mix in as much blackcurrant cordial as you enjoy. Top it off with a bit of cinnamon and some cayenne pepper to chase off that cough, and if you’re feeling daring, throw in some tequila or a bit of whisky.

Pumpkin spice latte

A classic autumn drink, easily done in your own kitchen

(2 servings)

  • 100 ml brewed strong coffee
  • 300 ml milk
  • 3-4 tbsp. Pumpkin puree (found in Waitrose and larger Tesco’s)
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream

Bring all the ingredients together and heat on medium. Be careful not to bring it to a boil. Whisk thoroughly and adjust according to taste. If you’re not a coffee fan, use milk as a replacement for the brewed coffee – and if it’s too sweet, a shot of tequila does the trick.

Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chai Latte

Chai Latte

I’ll admit to being a dirty cheat on this one. Waitrose has a delicious instant spiced chai latte which I live for, and I rarely feel a need to make any changes at all. However, it works really well with a bit of Baileys mixed into it for those who aren’t a fan or a traditional Irish Coffee.

Another trick that goes for any instant powder mix: start out with only a dash of milk and mix the powder into a thick blend before adding the rest of the liquid for a frothy and delicious finish.

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