Guest post by Cory Mercer
Although summer has come to an end, that doesn’t mean the fun is over. October might mean colder weather, but there are so many things to enjoy and look forward to – the holidays, friends and family, and of course, pumpkin-inspired everything!
From pumpkin spice candles to Starbucks’ famous latte, there is no shortage of creative ways that people have found to incorporate October’s favorite fruit into their lives (yes, believe it or not, pumpkins are fruit, not vegetables). To start you off with some proper autumn enjoyment, we’ve gathered three pumpkin-flavored drink recipes that you absolutely must try before the season is over.
One thing to remember: holiday edibles are typically higher in sugar, fat, and other bad ingredients. As long as these foods are eaten in moderation, you typically won’t have to worry about them disrupting a healthy diet. However, for better measures, as you review the ingredients of each recipe below, consider using healthier versions or variations of each product to keep the drinks as clean as possible.
1. An all-around winner – Pumpkin Spice Latte Milkshake
Since Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte is arguably the most popular drink on the planet during fall, it’s only right that our first concoction is a unique twist on the mainstream recipe. Introducing ice cream and a few other ingredients, Delish has created a mouthwatering dessert version of the drink that should be at the top of everyone’s fall recipe list.
Below are the ingredients for a single milkshake:
2 cups coffee ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup pumpkin purée
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Caramel (for serving)
Whipped cream (for serving)
Cinnamon stick (for serving)
The directions to this one are pretty simple:
1. Put everything in the blender (except the caramel, whipped cream, and cinnamon stick) and blend until you reach your desired consistency.
2. Prepare your glass by drizzling caramel on the inside.
3. Pour the milkshake into your glass and top with whipped cream (plus additional caramel and cinnamon stick, if you want).
2. A creative solution for leftovers – Leftover Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
Perhaps the only thing closest to Starbucks’ latte in terms of popularity is the good old pumpkin pie. Even if you don’t host a single holiday party, chances are you’ll have at least one or two of these in the house at some point during the season. Pies are meant to be eaten, but if you like to experiment in the kitchen, using a slice as an ingredient in this milkshake recipe will have you wondering why you’ve been using a fork all along.
Thankfully, the ingredients are extremely easy:
1 slice pumpkin pie (about 3 inches wide)
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup milk
Whipped cream (for serving)
And the directions are just as simple as the last one:
1. Put the pie, ice cream, and milk into the blender. Mix until you reach your desired consistency.
2. Top with whipped cream.
3. If available, sprinkle some pie crust on top!
3. Pumpkin spice with a kick – Frozen Pumpkin Margarita
When the holiday parties roll around, we all love to have at least one drink with a little extra kick to it. This recipe is for those occasions. Although margaritas are typically served with lemon, lime, and other citrus fruits, there are several ways to include pumpkin flavoring to turn the classic Mexican cocktail into a wonderful holiday party drink.
Below are the ingredients, but don’t worry – for those who prefer not to drink alcohol, we’ve included non-alcoholic instructions, too:
1-ounce fresh lime juice
1-ounce fresh lemon juice
1-ounce tequila (exclude this is you prefer a non-alcoholic drink)
1-ounce triple sec (pumpkin flavored, if possible; choose non-alcoholic version, if desired)
1 tablespoon pumpkin purée
Pinch pumpkin spice
The directions are simply to pour all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth, but there’s a catch. As with any frozen slush-style drink, the key is to use the right amount of ice in order to get a good, smooth consistency. If you own or have access to an actual margarita machine, that would be ideal – these unique blenders usually come with ice shavers that take care of the consistency issue. If not, it’s not the end of the world – the general rule of thumb is to use an amount of ice equal to the size of your drink (in other words, if you’re making an 8-ounce drink, use 8 ounces of ice).
Although these three recipes are delicious, be warned: they may set you off on a pumpkin-flavored frenzy in search of countless other seasonal treats! As mentioned earlier, just be sure to eat in moderation and consider using ingredient alternatives to keep your holiday concoctions clean and healthy. After all, the only thing better than food that tastes good… is food that tastes good AND is good for you!