Hot beverage ideas for fall

Drink them on your way to work in the morning, while you take a brisk lunchtime walk, or to stave off the chills while you snuggle on the couch with loved ones.

When fall comes, mornings and evenings are cool and nights are downright chilly. It’s a perfect time for sweaters, blankets, and fires in the fireplace. It’s also the ideal time to test out some new hot beverage ideas. They’ll warm your hands and your insides, and taste great at the same time . Drink them on your way to work in the morning, while you take a brisk lunchtime walk, or to stave off the chills while you snuggle on the couch with loved ones.

Hot buttered lemonade

Hot buttered lemonade. Shutterstock

If you love lemonade on a hot summer day, try hot buttered lemonade when it’s cold. This drink has a tangy citrus flavor that will tantalize your taste buds and warm your body at the same time. To make the drink, simmer homemade or store-bought lemonade in a small saucepan with a stick or two of cinnamon . Once it’s hot, pour the hot beverage into a mug and add a small pat of butter (about 1/4 teaspoon), and allow it to melt into the lemonade.

Flavored hot chocolate

Flavored hot chocolate.

Chances are you’ve enjoyed your fair share of hot chocolate during the fall and winter.If you’re tired of plain old hot chocolate, jazz your next cup up with unique flavorings to make it taste new and exciting. Use flavored creamers that you’d typically put in coffee to give your hot chocolate a hazelnut, peppermint, pumpkin spice, or vanilla taste. This is a great option for kids!

Cranberry cider

Cranberry cider. Shutterstock

If you love apple cider, sweeten it with cranberry juice. As you simmer the cider, add a bit of cranberry juice and a lemon slice. You’ll end up with a warming hot beverage that’s fruity and reminiscent of fall at the same time. Sip cranberry cider on a hay ride or while you roast marshmallows around a fall fire.

Fruity tea

Fruity tea. Shutterstock

Hot tea is an easy hot beverage that you can drink at your desk or while you watch your child’s soccer game. Make it more festive by simmering fruit in it while you brew the tea. Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil and add apple, pear, or orange slices and a tea bag in your favorite flavor. A sprinkle of cinnamon is also a great idea. Strain the tea into a mug and enjoy.

Horchata

Horchata. Shutterstock

If you’ve never tried horchata , you’re missing out. It’s a hot beverage that’s popular in Mexico and tastes yummy when the weather turns cool. To make the drink, grind rice into a fine powder and combine it with almonds and a cinnamon stick. Cover the mixture with water and let it sit overnight.

Put the rice combination into the blender and puree, adding up to two or three more cups of water as needed to thin the mixture. Blend in sugar and vanilla extract to taste . Strain the horchata through cheesecloth and warm it in mugs in the microwave. You can also buy pre-made horchata powder at the grocery store. Simply mix it with water or milk and warm it up.