Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee

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Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee – A simple to make fall drink! Coffee cold brewed with delicious pumpkin pie spices over night!


Have you tried out cold brewed coffee yet? I just had it for the first time and it is so addicting! I saw it everywhere this summer and just never ended up trying it but I love how strong it is and it’s super easy to make! The pumpkin pie spices really take it to a whole never level, I can’t wait to try experimenting with it a bit more! I am a huge fan of coffee, I drink at least 2 cups every day so finding a new way to make it is really exciting! I had mine with a bit of half and half but it would be great with a touch of pure maple syrup too if you love sweeter coffee!

My other new favorite things are SKS Bottles and Jars! I picked up some SKS Clear Glass Beverage Bottles w/ White Metal Plastisol Lined Lug Caps and SKS Wide Mouth Canning Jars from their website and have been using them for everything from Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider to this Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee! SKS has been around since 1986 with over 6000 different containers that are perfect for small to large, Fortune 500 companies alike! I love that most of their jars are made in the USA and recyclable!

Hover over this image to shop the jars and bottles I used!

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee

I ordered the products right off of SKS’s website and had them shipped straight to my house.  It was a really straight forward and easy process!

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee

The elegant look of the SKS Clear Glass Beverage Bottles w/ White Metal Plastisol Lined Lug Caps is really what sold me, they are perfect for everything from drinks to salad dressings! I can’t wait to use the SKS Wide Mouth Canning Jars for making jam.  I have my pumpkin pie spice mix in one of the jars currently and it is perfect in there! The wide mouth makes scooping the spices out of it so easy!

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coffee grounds
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of cloves

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or jar.  Refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
  2. Pour through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into glass bottles, leaving a bit of room.
  3. Add creamer or water to taste!

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Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider – A favorite fall drink made with fresh apples, oranges, and a blend of delicious seasonings slow cooked for hours.

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

Making homemade slow cooker spiced apple cider is the best! I always go through so much during the fall whether I am baking with it or even just drinking a glass so making it at home means I can make as much as I want and have a constant supply of it all of the time! I love the fact you can just let it go in the slow cooker with only having to intervene once just to mash the apples a bit.  It is so simple to make!


So far, I have used this apple cider to make the Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal and I am planning on using it in Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter and Baked Apple Cider Donuts! Basically, I am rolling in fall recipes right now, that all I have been eating recently!

I highly suggest serving it hot with a bit of homemade vanilla whipped cream, a pinch of cinnamon, and a salted caramel drizzle on top!

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Ingredients

  • 8 apples
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 8-10 cups water
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Directions

  1. Cut apples and orange into quarters.  Don’t worry about leaving the stems, skins, and core intact, it will get strained out later.
  2. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.  Leave at least 1/2 inch space from the top of the slow cooker.
  3. An hour before the apple cider will be done, use a potato masher to mash apples and oranges before letting it finish up cooking.
  4. Pour apple cider through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher.  Serve hot!

Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte – A fall twist on a classic drink! A flavorful hot spiced chai tea latte with pumpkin blended in!

Move over Pumpkin Spice Lattes, there is a new favorite fall drink right here! Chai Tea Lattes are already a very fall-ish drink but adding pumpkin to it makes it even better!


I am so happy it is pumpkin and apple season, it’s my favorite! Between apple pies, pumpkin pies, and every fall dessert out there, it’s by far the best season! I have been on a mission to make as much fall stuff as possible the past week so I’ve pumped out this drink, Spiced Chai Macarons, Slow Cooker Apple Butter, and Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal along with about four more recipes coming next week from soups to more pumpkin!

The weather up here is already chilly too with the first leaves beginning to change.  It is pretty crazy driving past red and orange trees only days into September.  I already pulled out my fall jacket and boots to keep warm on the walk to campus in the morning.  Give it just a few weeks and I am sure we will have snow starting up again!

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk)
  • 2 tbsp pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Take off heat and place tea bags in to steep for 5 minutes.  Remove tea bags.
  2. Add all ingredients to the saucepan and stir.
  3. Pour into blender and blend until well combined and smooth. Pour into a glass to serve.

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Cranberry Sunset Margaritas

Cranberry Sunset Margaritas – Celebrate with these amazing cranberry margaritas! Made with cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, Agavero Orange Liqueur, and Gran Centenario Tequila!

It’s 5 o’clock over here at my house so of course, I’m making margaritas! Margaritas have been a favorite drink of mine for years, I love limes so it’s only natural that I love margaritas! My new secret ingredients to the perfect margarita are Gran Centenario Tequila and Agavero Orange Liqueur and I don’t think my margaritas will even be the same again! They really take them to a whole new level!


Agavero Orange Liqueur is a tequila based liqueur that is Gran Centenario’s perfect partner! I tried out Gran Centenario’s Reposado and now I am so excited to pick up their Plata Tequila next time I order from ReserveBar! Plus, can I just say how gorgeous these bottles are?!

I thought pairing the orange and lime flavors with cranberry would be the perfect margarita for the fall! Most people think of margaritas as a summer drink but I want to make them all year round! Cranberries always are a fall favorite flavor at my house and they definitely are tasty in a margarita!

I made this into a blended margarita but feel free to experiment and make it over the rocks too!

Cranberry Sunset Margaritas

Ingredients

Margarita

  • 1 1/2 cups 100% cranberry juice
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 cup Gran Centenario Tequila (I used Reposado)
  • 1/2 cup Agavero Orange Liqueur
  • 2 cups ice

Garnish (optional)

  • 2 lime wheels
  • Salt
  • Fresh cranberries

Directions

  1. Combine cranberry juice, lime juice, Gran Centenario Tequila, Agavero Orange Liqueur, and ice in blender.  Blend until well combined.
  2. Pour into two margarita glasses with salt lined rims with lime wheels.  Drop a few fresh cranberries into glasses for an extra pop of color.
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Spiced Chai Tea Latte

Spiced Chai Tea Latte – A wonderful drink made with chai tea, creamy milk, and the perfect blend of spices! Grab a glass and enjoy!

Chai tea lattes are a weakness of mine! I just love the combination of flavors and it is one of my go-to drinks but I had never actually made one at home before! Now I don’t think I could go back to buying them at coffee shops! It was surprisingly easy to make too!


I whipped these up to go with my Spiced Chai Tea Mini Bundt Cakes and wow, that was the perfect combination of treats! My friend (and fellow chai tea fan) and I loved both of the recipes together! This chai tea latte is such an elegant drink.  If you want to jazz it up, add some whipped cream and cinnamon to the top! I was so glad to be able to use these beautiful tea cups again for this, they looked so nice with the chai in them! They might look a bit familiar as I also ended up using them for the Lavender Lemon Earl Grey Ice Cream a few days back too.

Make sure to check out the Chai Monkey Bread coming out the next few days, it would be great with this too!

Spiced Chai Tea Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Take off heat and place tea bags in to steep for 5 minutes.  Remove tea bags.
  2. Add all ingredients to the saucepan and stir.
  3. Pour through a fine, mesh strainer to remove any chunks of spices and pour into a glass to serve.

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Rosé Ice Cream Float

Rosé Ice Cream Float – An elegant treat made with fresh raspberries, rosé, and vanilla ice cream.  A dessert that will impress!

So, you may have noticed that I love making recipes with wine/champagne by now.  Between the No Churn White Wine Ice Cream, Red Wine Macarons, Wine Soaked Raspberry Baked Brie, etc I have quite a few recipes at this point without even pointing to any of the backlogged posts that haven’t gone out (like some really yummy rosé meringue cookies)! I have been making a ton of recipes lately but so few have actually made it to the site just because of how busy I have been with work and visiting friends before heading to New Jersey for a month.  Hopefully I will have time in the next few days to get some of the other posts out, especially the summer-y ones!


Tomorrow is going to be another hectic day with the Busch’s Brighton, MI grand opening happening! After that finishes up, I have to start working on packing for New Jersey!

So this Rosé Ice Cream Float is basically amazing! If you love a good rosé, then this is the dessert for you.  It is so easy to make with only 3 ingredients, yet it was so elegant and delicious! I debated about using raspberry sorbet instead of vanilla ice cream because I thought that would be delicious too but I ultimately went with the vanilla ice cream because I thought it would be a nice complement to the rosé and raspberries! Since I was using the champagne glasses to serve it in, I highly suggest using a melon baller or some kind of scoop that is similar in size to that to scoop the ice cream.  It definitely was helpful to have the smaller scoops of ice cream to fit into the glasses.

Rosé Ice Cream Float

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup rosé
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions

  1. Layer raspberries and ice cream in a champagne glass.
  2. Top with champagne and serve!

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Watermelon Lemonade Slushie

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Watermelon Lemonade Slushie – A sweet and refreshing summer treat made with only 3 simple ingredients! Perfect for a party!


With summer in full swing, it’s time to have a celebration with friends and family! I am all for having big celebrations with fun decorations and new recipes so when I realized it was my friend’s birthday last weekend, I went to work brainstorming fun summer treats to serve and came up with a Watermelon Lemonade Slushie along with one of the coolest things I have ever made, a Watermelon Pig Sculpture! Watermelons just scream summer to me so they are my go-to treat for hot days because of how refreshing, yet delicious they are! I wanted to make the Watermelon Lemonade Slushie a simple drink to make so I decided to make it with just fresh watermelon, Minute Maid® Lemonade (my favorite lemonade!), and ice.  3 ingredients and it only took minutes to make!

I ran out to my local Kroger’s to pick up what I needed where I found the fresh watermelons right in the front in the product area.  I grabbed one with a beautiful spiral stem that looked like a pig’s tail!

The next thing on my list was the Minute Maid Lemonade which was located near the other soft drinks.  I love Minute Maid because it is made with real lemons and it tastes so good! Currently, if you purchase any 2 Minute Maid or Sprite 2 liters, you can save $1 on a watermelon which is an awesome deal! Make sure to look out for the 2 liter toppers with and tear pads for extra savings!

Both the Watermelon Pig Sculpture and the Watermelon Lemonade Slushie ended up huge hits at the party! Everyone absolutely LOVED the idea of having an edible centerpiece made from melons and a drink that paired perfectly with it!

Watermelon Lemonade Slushies

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until well combined.
  2. Pour into glass and serve with a lemon wedge.

Watermelon Pig Sculpture

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe melon
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 4 blueberries
  • Toothpicks

Directions

  1. Cut out a quarter of the watermelon.
  2. Scoop out of inside of the watermelon.  (Use a melon baller if you want to fill it later with melon balls instead of chunks!)
  3. From the quarter of the watermelon that has been removed, cut out a circle and two hearts.  I used cookie cutters to get the shapes and cut around them.  The circle should have a diameter of about 2 inches.
  4. Place 2 blueberries on the circle, this will be the pig’s nose.  Poke a toothpick through to keep each blueberry in place.
  5. Use toothpicks poked through the front of the watermelon to secure the nose in place.  If you need more toothpicks to get it to stay, add more!
  6. Above the nose, insert two more toothpicks through the watermelon for the eyes.  Use the picture I took to help with placement! Poke blueberries onto the toothpicks after they are inserted.
  7. Using two more toothpicks to place the ear on.  Repeat on the other side.
  8. Cute open the cantaloupe and honeydew melons.  Using a melon baller, scoop out enough of each melon to fill in the watermelon.
  9. Fill the inside of the watermelon with honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon balls.
  10. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian Lemonade – A creamy and refreshing drink made with fresh limes, sweetened condensed milk, and sugar! Simple to make and delicious!

So this has been a drink I have been excited to make for a while! I kept seeing Brazilian Lemonade recipes floating around and was really suprised when I realized it had limes and sweetened condensed milk.  It seemed like an interesting combination of flavors! I got around to make it last weekend when I was on vacation as a fun and refreshing drink to share! Sadly, it was really quite dark when I was trying to take pictures it was really dark and stormy but that’s the risk I take with trying to write posts when I am not at home! 😛

So this really tastes like a creamy limeade, it has just the right amount of sweetness to balance the tang from the limes.  I think I ended up drinking about 2/3 of the pitcher because it tasted SO good!


The trip I was on was to Omer, MI which was super fun! It’s a tiny town over on Lake Huron so I got to go fishing for walleye and spend some much needed time sleeping in! One of my favorite parts of being up there is there is in the pond out back, there is a big ole’ snapping turtle named Fred.  I love going out there and feeding him food along with playing with the little turtles too.

Brazilian Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 5 limes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Cut limes into quarters.
  2. Add limes, water, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk into blender.  Pulse 7-8 times.
  3. Pour through a strainer to remove any remaining chunks of limes.
  4. Pour into glass over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca

Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca – A refreshing and healthy summer drink jam-packed with fresh watermelon, lime juice, and sparkling water.  Perfect for a party!

I am all about making fun drinks right now! My most recent one was the Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade which was SO good! I have been wanting to make a watermelon agua fresca for a while, the color is always so gorgeous and it sounds so refreshing! I finally got around to making time in my schedule to make these and they were a hit! I liked how easy it was to adjust too, I really liked it with extra lime while others who tried it preferred a bit more mint.  One of my friends even put a few scoops of ice cream in and made an ice cream float!


I can’t believe it is already the 4th of July weekend! It really ended up sneaking up on me a bit! I’ve been on vacation for the better part of the past two weeks and then trying to recover from it since then before popping up on a weekend trip to the Au Gres area! It’ll be a fun weekend playing some Euchre and having a few bonfires! I’m excited because we are trying a recipe that we saw Chef Tim Hollingsworth prepare at the event I went to a few weekends back! It was a beef tri-tip on baguette with a garlic aioli!

Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca

Ingredients

  • 5 cups diced watermelon
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 8 springs of fresh mint
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Combine watermelon and lime juice in the blender. Blend until well combined and a very thing consistency.
  2. Using a fine, mesh strainer, strain out any remaining watermelon pulp.
  3. Pour into a large pitcher.  Add in sparkling water.
  4. Serve over ice and garnish with lime wedge and sprig of fresh mint.

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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade – A tasty frozen drink made with lemon juice, vanilla ice cream, sugar, and ice! A simple Chick-Fil-A copycat recipe!

 I am all in on making fun, frozen drinks right now! After the last two posts I did being a Piña Colada Lime Coolers and a Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee, I think I am a bit hooked! This week has been quite hectic, I am currently on vacation up north working on two exciting posts for next week in addition to this one between getting ready to go to Macy’s Culinary Council and another trip up north next weekend.  It’s an exciting week, but busy!


Now to be completely honest, I have never been to a Chick-Fil-A.  I know, shocking.  When I am down south, I always try to go to Sonic and Bojangles and I just have not made it over to Chick-Fil-A.  This same recipe kept popping up online as a tried a true version of the recipe so I trust it and either way, it is delicious!

This kind of reminded me of those frozen lemonades I would always get at amusement parks when I was little, only WAY better! Those were always my favorite snack to pick up at Cedar Point and King’s Island in-between going on rides! The addition of ice cream really takes this to a whole new level!

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Combine lemon juice and sugar in a pitcher.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add in water and chill for one hour.  This is to keep the ice cream from immediatly melting in the blender.
  3. Add lemon mixture and ice cream into a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon.

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