Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I adore the crisp mornings and cool evenings, the color changing leaves, and of course, the fabulous fall fashions! Another plus to chilly autumn days? Delicious warm drinks.
Even if you’re not going with the stereotypical burnt oranges and yellows and chocolate browns for your fall wedding, these yummy beverages would be a treat for any guest. Set up a station and serve a signature drink, or serve them all at their own special bar. Check out below for some that sound particularly amazing.
Hot Apple Cider
* 3 quarts apple cider
* 12 whole cloves
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a large saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Strain and serve hot spiced cider hot in mugs. Makes 12 cups of hot spiced cider. [Source]
* 3 cups milk
* 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate, grated
* 1 tablespoon white sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 egg
1. Put milk into a microwave-safe container and cook on High in microwave for 2 minutes. Mix in chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk an egg until smooth, then mix it into the chocolate mixture.
2. Return to microwave and cook on High for 3 to 4 minutes or until foamy (be careful not to let it boil.) Whisk until smooth and pour into 3 mugs. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. [Source]
* Okay, so technically this is dubbed a “Christmas” drink, but I think it’s delicious year round.
* 1 1/3 c. sugar
* 1 qt. water
* 2 whole cloves
* 4 sticks cinnamon
* 4 whole allspice
* 3 c. orange juice
* 2 c. lemonade
* 2 qt. apple cider
Boil sugar and water for 10 minutes. Add spices. Let stand for 1 hour. Add other ingredients. Serve warm. [Source]
Irish Vanilla Coffee
* 1 1/2 oz Bailey’s® Irish cream
* 1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
* 4 oz coffee
* 1/2 – 1 oz whipped cream
Pour into a coffee mug 4 oz. of coffee. Add 1 1/2 oz. each of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Absolut Vanilla Vodka. Stir lightly and top, if desired, whipped cream. [Source]
Not too many instructions here. Buy a few packs and let guests chose whichever flavor they’d like to steep. Harney & Sons is my fave – adore the Passion Plum!
Great Ideas!!! The things I like most about these recipes is the low number of ingredients. Most brides don’t think about the staff members that have to follow these recipes and how much time they don’t have to refill the urn or punch bowl. At least with the events I’ve worked at Le Jardin, my staff members find it almost impossible to follow the “family” recipe that has a lot of ingredients and steps. The staff members have a lot on their list and they are happy when stuff is simple and easy to follow. Even if you purposely make it easy on the staff working at the event, you certainly did and it is very much appreciated.