Here in Mississippi, we have yet to make soup, light bonfires (we’re under a burn ban), or wear scarves without breaking into a heat rash on our necks.
Still getting bit by mosquitoes. Still having huge power bills from running the air conditioner for 85% of the day. Still killing snakes.
The creeks are dry. The grass is dead. It’s a barren, hot wasteland here.
You guys. It’s supposed to be 91 degrees tomorrow.
Can you see why I am making iced coffee drinks and not chili?
It’s true that I quit drinking coffee about two years ago, and I still don’t drink it on a regular basis at all, but this is special, because I want to embrace all that is autumn, but I also have a desire to not sweat profusely.
So this is where I can have the best of both worlds. This drink is just so refreshing and cool, yet so hay ride and tall boots with a cute over sized sweater and skinny jeans at the same time. Not too pumpkin-y, with some earthy spices, a touch of vanilla, and a small jolt of caffeine to get you through your afternoon. Oh, and it’s pretty slim on the calorie count too.
I did that on purpose, you know.
And hey, if it’s all scarfy and cozy and fireplace-y where you’re at, then by all means heat this up and serve it warm in a mug with a cinnamon stick.
I’m not jealous one bit.
[Blogger’s bottom lip starts to quiver and she looks away abruptly with tears in her eyes.]
–I just think blending the pumpkin in a blender makes it smoother. But you could whisk it in.
–I think the the maple syrup tasted best. There are a lot of sweetener choices, though, so use your favorite low calorie one.
–Adjust the pumpkin spices to your taste. Sometimes I don’t use nutmeg, only cinnamon. Pumpkin pie spice would also work.
–I made this as one serving, but if you pack your ice in a really tall glass, you can get two servings.
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½-1 cup brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional, I leave out sometimes)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, maple syrup or sweetener of your choice
- Blend all ingredients in a blender. Serve over ice for a cold drink, or warm in a sauce pan for a hot one, then pour into a mug.