Looking for an alternative to hot chocolate? Are your little ones wanting something warmer in their tummies this time of year? Try this delightful seasonal drink to hear some squeals of delight!
Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup granulated sugar (or ½ cup white sugar + ¼ cup brown sugar)
- 2 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
(use the rest to make Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Chili, or Pumpkin Cheesecake)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and the mixture has turned into a syrup.
Remove from heat and cool. Stir 1-2 Tablespoons into a mug of hot milk (or non-dairy alternative), hot chocolate, or hot coffee (for the grown-ups). Top with whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Sit back and enjoy a yummy moment with your children.
NOTE: Store syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.