The Mitch Six: 6 Drinks To Try This Fall
Its finally Fall! The air is cool and crisp, if you are in New England that is. Apple picking is over with (thankfully. Survived another year y’all), and the coffee shops are packed with cider, pumpkin spice, and everything nice. For the sake of this exercise there will be no pumpkin spice included, but that’s not to say this list will be void of pumpkin because… its Fall, its November… ya gotta have pumpkin. So without further ado, lets dive head first into this weeks Mitch Six: 6 Fall Drink Favorites for 2018.
Let’s start with a mainstay in the Brouillard household since the day I went to the local liquor store and ordered 6 cases of Cider from a company that (at the time) no one had heard of, Ace Cider. Ace is a California based cider company that has 7 different brands of cider. When Jess and I first found Ace, we were at the NBC Grill Brew at Universal Studios Florida and tried their pineapple cider. We ordered 6 cases initially, 4 of pineapple and 2 of the mixed berry when we got back from that trip. Since that point we were hooked. Last year we got the chance to try the Ace pumpkin cider at Disneyland in California. That did not disappoint either. Funny enough, since we made that customer order, our local liquor store has decided to start stocking Ace, so we do not need to place an order again. If you cant find Ace in your neck of the woods I would also recommend Down East Pumpkin cider.
This cider tastes very similar to Ace and they also have a good array of different flavors and won’t be as sweet as Angry Orchard. If you cannot find that either, reach out to me on social media and I can give you a few other recommendations if you are a fan of cider.
Regular Old Apple Cider
If you aren’t 21 or don’t like the taste of hard cider, stick to a normal old apple cider. It is the perfect Fall drink and you can have it hot or cold, so it is a win win. As an added bonus, if you are like me and drink mostly hard alcohol because you aren’t a fan of beer, add a little rum with your cider and now you are having a good Saturday night. If you don’t want the alcohol included, maybe you have a sweet tooth? Make yourself an awesome apple cider float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a little caramel drizzle and now you are cooking with gas. Its not keto, I’m sure there is probably a ton of carbs, but Jess has told me to live a little so save this for a cheat day, you deserve it.
This is a friendly reminder that Fall runs through December 21st. Egg Nog is the Holiday staple for both Christmas and Thanksgiving. Mix it with rum if you are feeling adventurous or water it down with milk if you are like me and not the biggest fan of how thick eggnog can get, but you have to have at least one glass on November 22. If you don’t, you are doing yourself a disservice. I am actually not the biggest fan of regular eggnog, so I wouldn’t have that, but do personally recommend the sugar cookie eggnog you can get in stores. It forgoes spice for sweetness and has less bite than typical eggnog.
This is a no brainer here. It should be on anyone’s list even if you are lactose intolerant. Hot Chocolate is best served on days where you have been outside most of the day, there is a bit of a wind, and you just cant get your body warm. I admittedly don’t have hot chocolate often at all but will indulge one or two times throughout the season. Each of these times I have been outside most of the day, either picking up leaves, or in the old days tagging our family Christmas tree. It’s the age of options, and there are a million different types of hot chocolates out there to choose from. Any of those choices are in play here but I do prefer either a dark or white chocolate. The only no no with hot chocolate is to mix it with hot water. Only savages do that. You want to make it with milk and enjoy the delicious, creamy treat that is a well-made hot cocoa.
T’s Maple French Toast Coffee
Allow me to get super local for one second. T’s Restaurant is a restaurant chain located only in Narraganset, Cranston, and East Greenwhich, Rhode Island. Their food is to die for, bested only by their coffee. Flavored coffee is always a difficult beast depending on where you go because most fast food coffee shops like Dunkin or Starbucks have chose to use syrup for flavoring as opposed to actually brewing the flavored coffee. When they do it that way it can taste fine but they can either put too much syrup or not enough, or it can sick to the bottom and after two sips its gone. When its brewed, the flavor is much more whole in the coffee and tastes way better. T’s gets that right with their Maple French Toast Coffee. This is the kind of coffee that makes you drive a little bit further than you want to for breakfast. If you are not local to Rhode Island or don’t feel like making the drive, there are several store-bought ground coffees you can buy and then customize to your taste palate.
I feel like the sum of September, October, and November should just be dedicated to Harry Potter. Every weekend there is a marathon of all of the Harry Potter movies on FreeForm. Iconic to the movies, the books, and even the theme parks is Butterbeer. It is a butterscotch flavored creamy drink that looks like a cappuccino when hot and cream soda when cold. The hot version is my personal favorite as it gives you the warm feeling of a hot chocolate with the taste of a cappuccino, and is only a seasonal drink at Universal Studios Florida. It also comes as a frozen option in the parks as well but beware of brainfreeze.
If you aren’t local to Florida or don’t have a trip planned soon, fret not, you can also enjoy the delight that is butterbeer. Check out this recipe from the Tip Toe Fairy and try it out.
2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons hot butterscotch topping
1 cup cream soda
Combine milk, butter, and brown sugar and whisk together. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes.
Stir and heat for an additional 3-4 minutes until milk is foaming.
Remove from microwave and whisk together until the butter is well mixed in and sugar is completely dissolved.
Heat hot butterscotch topping for 30 seconds. Then, stir in 2 tablespoons of hot butterscotch into the milk mixture until completely dissolved.
Next, add in 1 cup of cream soda and mix well. (You can cheat and add root beer if you don’t have cream soda, but it’s much better with cream soda.)
Top with Hot Butterscotch Whipped Cream
Jess and I have actually done this before and, aside from breaking a mug by putting a very hot beverage in the freezer, the taste is pretty much spot on.
So there you have it, my 6 personal choices for drinks during the Fall. If you try out the butterbeer recipe or have any suggestions to try for a drink during this time of year we would love to hear it. Reach out to us in the comments below or on social media: @ByYourTerms on Twitter.