Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Now that the weather is cooling down a bit and fall is coming, everyone is talking about Pumpkins and Apples and Football and Halloween (already?!), etc. I’ll admit that when my Starbucks starting carrying the fall flavors I was extremely happy. My go-to drink at Starbucks is a Pumpkin Spice Misto. Love it. Half brewed coffee, half steamed milk, and that liquid gold – Pumpkin Spice syrup. That’s my beverage of choice because while I’d LOVE to have a Pumpkin Spice Latte every day, it’s a bit too rich to have on the regular. So I opt for a lighter drink with the same great flavor.┬áNow I’m super lucky because the company I work for pays for my (and my coworker’s) Starbucks habit. It’s a wonderful perk (pun intended) that we have, and I’m very appreciative of it. But sometimes when I’m home I get a craving for PSL and I wanted to be able to make it and not have to go anywhere to get one.

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Thanksgiving Cocktails

I don’t know about you but I love Cocktails. Thanksgiving is one of those days where I love to plan out some good spirits to enjoy throughout the day. Since I’ve already shared my Thanskgiving Must Haves with you, I wanted to share my cocktail menu!

As always, wake-up time requires some good coffee! I’ll probably get out my french press and enjoy some delicious Kona Coffee that I picked up a few weeks ago. Who knows, maybe some Baileys will find its way into my mug? :)

Next up…Blood Orange Mimosas. All morning long. Our favorite thing to do is watch the parade while sipping on Mimosas! I just fill the champagne glass up 2/3 of the way with champagne, and top it off with a little bit of freshly squeezed Blood Orange juice. You don’t want to dilute the champagne too much, lol. Then I garnish with a slice of a Blood Orange.

This year we will have two featured cocktails, all from the wonderful Sunny Anderson! I’ve tasted these cocktails at her Sliders Party at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, and they were out of this world!

Sunny’s Brooklyn Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces limoncello (recommended: Toschi Italian Lemon Liqueur)
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1 (24-ounce) bottle sweetened iced tea
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices, to garnish

Directions

Pour the limoncello, rum, tequila and tea into a pitcher filled with ice and stir vigorously. Serve in ice filled highball glasses with a straw. Garnish with a lemon slice on the rim.

My tip – I like to freeze some lemon slices and then throw one in – it not only gives it some great flavor, but keeps it cold without watering it down!

Mr. Curly Fry is a HUGE fan of this cocktail. It’s his absolute favorite. So I knew I had to make it for Thanksgiving. I enjoy it very much myself. Since this is definitely a One Curly Fry Fave, we always keep these ingredients on hand!

Bourbon Cider Twist

Ingredients

  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) bourbon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Ice, as needed

Directions

Add the apple cider, bourbon, and the lime juice to a pitcher and stir. Pour over ice. Serve with a lime wedge.

I had this cocktail at the latest Sliders party and it was delicious! I knew it definitely had to make the cut for the Thanksgiving Cocktails!! I’ll probably freeze a few lime wedges for the garnish!

What Cocktails are making their way to your Thanksgiving table this year?

5 Ingredient Friday: Watermelon Daiquiri

This week’s 5 Ingredient Friday is inspired by the huge amounts of Yellow Seedless Watermelon in my refrigerator/freezer! What’s a better way to use up some Watermelon than to make a Watermelon Daiquiri? It’s super easy to do, and they are ready in no time. I like to use frozen Watermelon so that I can avoid using ice cubes that will water it down a little. But if you don’t have time to let your Watermelon sit in the freezer for a bit then you can add in some ice cubes.

 

  • 3 cups of frozen Watermelon (I used Yellow Watermelon because I had a lot of it)
  • 2 ounces of Cruzan Rum
  • 1 ounce of Jose Cuervo Tequila
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (more if you like yours extra sweet)

 

Put the Cruzan Rum, Jose Cuervo Tequila, and the juice of 1 lime in a blender. Add in the 3 cups of frozen Watermelon. Blend until it’s well combined. Add in the Powdered Sugar and blend until frothy. Serve.

What’s your favorite Daiquiri flavor?