I wish I liked coffee. I can’t even count the number of coffee drink recipes out there that I am tempted by. But I just can’t get over the coffee flavor. Years ago a coworker was determined to get me to like coffee. He would come in with the fanciest drink you could think of – chocolate, caramel, whipped cream and whatever else they could put in there. But it still tasted like coffee to me. I love the smell of it, I just can’t get past the taste. So last week when Steph over at Steph’s Bite by Bite posted a Pumpkin Spice Latte I was again faced with the temptation. But this time I took matters into my own hands. In walks Apple Cider!
I used her pumpkin spice recipe, and then made a Pumpkin Spiced Hot Apple Cider. Complete with the whipped cream and drizzle that you fancy coffee drinkers get! This was even better than I hoped it would be. I knew pumpkin and apple would go well together, but I just wasn’t sure how this drink would taste. It was perfect for the cold and rainy day I made it on. I have some pumpkin spice syrup left in my fridge right now, just wait to see what I thinking of turning that into!
Pumpkin Spice Hot Apple Cider
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1¼ cups water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon all spice
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- Combine everything in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and let cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the mixture to become thick and syrupy.
- Store in fridge until ready to use.
- To make Apple Cider:
- In a large mug heat 3 Tbls of pumpkin spice syrup. Mix in hot apple cider. Top with whipped cream, and drizzle with additional syrup. Enjoy!
Adapted from Steph's Bite by Bite