Some of our favourite things to do in autumn. 1) Kick piles of leaves in the park. 2) Buy a new sweater. 3) Embrace the season by eating and drink EVERYTHING pumpkin or spiced nutmeg flavoured. We’ve rounded up our food & drink faves to get you into your autumn groove.
1. Knoops Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Knoops chocolate drinks brand has launched a naturally spiced Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate to celebrate the start of hot chocolate season. Yay! Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice have been combined to create a spicy warming autumn hug in a mug. Get it online or in Knoops’ branches in London (Chelsea, Kensington, Covent Garden and Richmond), Oxford, Rye and Brighton.
2. Cartwright & Butler
Cartwright & Butler has a medley of orange packaged products including these spiced pumpkin shortbread rounds (great for dipping into your pumpkin spiced lattes below) and these neat little blood orange chocolate stirrers to keep the kids busy this half term.
3. Tea Heritage
The lovely boutique Tea Heritage company has launched an autumn collection. Serious points for effort here as each tea bag has been hand stitched and designs include fox, squirrel, mushroom and autumn leaf shapes. Plus they’ve released a new Rooibos Cinnamon Roll tea flavour.
4. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Get your fix of the cult seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte for a fraction of the coffee shop price from Asda!
5. CrossTown Halloween Dough Bites
OMG we love this sourdough based vegan donut company so much. Their flavours are always the coolest of combos and their latest autumn creations do not disappoint. This Halloween you can get your hands on their mini dough bites filled with blackberry jam and topped with ghoulish creations. Have them delivered to your door, UK-wide.
6. Conker Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
Here’s our top booze pick for autumn. Conquer has launched a cold distilled coffee liqueur.
Conker works directly with changemakers in the ethical coffee industry, sourcing beans from small independent farmers in Shakisso, Ethiopia and Mococa, Brazil. They add a small amount of demerara sugar and distilled British wheat spirit plus natural vanilla flavouring to create this truly tasty ethically minded liqueur. Sip this straight or mix into Conker's Spiced Espresso Martini recipe below. We’re adding the Manchester Spirit No. 3 Vodka with tonka bean into ours for that extra vanilla punch.
Conker Expresso Martini Recipe
50ml Conker Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
50ml cinnamon-infused vodka (add a stick of cinnamon to 200ml vodka along with 1 tsp of sugar, cover with clingfilm and leave overnight in the fridge to infuse. The longer you leave it, the spicier it will get)
50ml espresso coffee (allowed to cool)
¼ tsp ground nutmeg (and a grating for garnish)
10ml Sugar syrup
Glass: Martini glass (make sure it’s chilled).
Garnish: Grating of nutmeg and a small stick of cinnamon.
Add the ground nutmeg to your ground coffee beans and make an espresso. Leave to one side to cool.
Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then add the cinnamon-infused vodka, Conker Cold Brew Liqueur, the cold nutmeg-infused espresso coffee, sugar syrup and shake well for at least 20 seconds.
Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a grating of nutmeg and a small stick of cinnamon.
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