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3 Cozy Autumnal Drinks (That Are Not Pumpkin Spice Latte)

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Helsinki chapter.

One of the best things about autumn is how cozy everything is. The weather is getting chillier and the evenings darker, and that calls for scented candles, soft blankets, and tasty hot drinks you can enjoy while reading your favourite book. Alternatively, you can pour these drinks in a thermos and take a little bit of that coziness with you to the library or class.

Spicy ginger drink for colds and sore throats

Perfect for chilly mornings when you’re not feeling 100%, this spicy drink will wake you right up – and it takes no time at all to prepare.

1tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

a pinch of cayenne pepper

(Honey or sugar to taste)

Measure all the spices into a mug and pour boiling water on top. Steep for 3-5 minutes and enjoy!

Apple Glogg

Traditionally, glogg (or glögi) is enjoyed around Christmas time but this apple-based version is the perfect comfort drink for autumn, too. For extra indulgence, add a dash of white wine, but the alcohol-free version is just as delicious.

1 L apple juice

2 tbsp sugar

10 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

10 cardamom seeds

Small chunk of fresh ginger

Put all the ingredients in a pot and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Make sure the mixture doesn’t boil. Pick out all the spices with a spoon or a sieve and enjoy!

Vegan Chili Hot Chocolate

A mug of hot chocolate is always a beautiful thing, but a hint of chili spices things up (excuse the pun) and the coconut whipped cream finishes the whole thing off perfectly.

2 dl oat milk

30 g dark chocolate

Vanilla sugar

Chili flakes

Can of coconut milk, refrigerated overnight

Start by making the whipped cream. Scoop out the hardened part of the coconut milk at the top. Whisk it until it’s the right consistency. (The liquid that’s left in the can is great in smoothies.) Next, carefully melt the chocolate in a pan over low heat, then add the oat milk. Stir in the vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract with a pinch of regular sugar) and chili flakes and pour into a mug. Enjoy!

What’s your favourite autumnal drink?

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