Favorite Fall Beverages

When the humidity drops below 80% and the temps don’t go above 80 degrees, we all know what that means…it’s Fall in the South. Despite corporations selling pumpkin-flavored everything starting in August, I like to wait until at least that first cool day to indulge in the warm fall beverages. Here are a few of my favorites. 

For the Family

Hot Chocolate & Peanut Butter: I love a good hot chocolate, but my recent favorite is a dark or double chocolate mix made with vanilla almond milk then I stir in a spoonful of peanut butter. The hot milk melts the peanut butter for a wonderfully decadent drink. I like the Good & Gather double chocolate-flavored hot cocoa mix. For a crowd, you can also make your own hot cocoa in your slow cooker.

Apple Cider: sometimes I have to pretend I live in a cooler climate. I see people picking apples and think wouldn’t that be fun. Instead, I just have a warm apple cider. I cheat and buy a bottle of Trader Joe’s seasonal Spiced Apple Cider.  If you’re out and want a warm apple drink, check out Cedar House Roasting’s apple cider.  (I also love Trader Joe’s Winter Wassail, check out some other Trader Joe’s faves.)


Salted Caramel Mocha: Sadly Starbucks discontinued my absolute favorite seasonal drink. However, it is not completely gone. If you’re a fan you can still, kind of, have this drink. You just order a toffee nut mocha with caramel drizzle. It won’t have the salt topping but the drink itself should taste the same. 

Cappuccino: Sure it’s a basic, coffee house staple, made with half steamed milk, half foam, and espresso, but there is something about sweater weather that makes this classic a fall favorite. You can always add a flavor of your choice to sweeten it up. 

For Adults

Sangria: I love a good sangria, year-round. My favorite is blackberry, but that is more of a summer flavor. For fall a good red wine-based sangria in the fall cranberry-apple sangria can’t be beat. 

Basic Recipe: bottle of red wine, 1 cup cranberry juice, 2-3 cups spiced apple cider, triple sec, sparkling water. You can add frozen or fresh fruit, cinnamon sticks or oranges. Make it your own. 

I’m not a fan of pumpkin, so the trendy fall beverage won’t make it on a list of my favorites. I hope this list did give you some ideas for some festive fall alternatives. Drink up! 

A native of the New Orleans 'burbs, Melanie has lived in Baton Rouge since starting her bachelors degree at LSU. She earned her BA in Mass Communication and a master’s degree in Social Work both from LSU. In her professional life Melanie focuses on women’s mental health. Melanie and her husband Adam have been together for almost two decades. They have 2 bright and curious kids who keep them on their toes. When not working or moming Melanie can be found exploring yet another new hobby, trying to “get organized” and avoiding the laundry. She loves sitcoms, traveling, iced coffee and carbs.


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