If you’re looking for something cozy, this Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink is exactly what you need! It’s delicious in the morning as a coffee substitute, and comforting in the evening when you need to wind down and relax. You can think of it as a hot chocolate made with pumpkin, or a pumpkin spice latte without the espresso. In either case, don’t skimp on the whipped cream ;)
Hygge is a new concept that I am obsessed with lately. The most common translation of this Danish word, pronounced “hoo-ga” is “coziness”, but from what I can gather, it doesn’t quite fully capture the meaning. Think of sitting by the fireplace while wearing thick socks, or a dinner gathering with friends drinking hot stew around a rustic table. Hygge is encapsulated in those moments.
It’s something I’ve been trying to create at my own home lately. As I write this, the puppy is snuggled on my lap against my baby bump, and I’m sipping on a mug of this Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink. We’ve lit a scented candle, so there’s a bit of yellow glow in the corner of my eye and the faint sweet smell of pine. It’s all quite perfect, though I think I might need to just shut down the computer, relax and enjoy the hygge.
Don’t worry, before I do that, I”ll leave you with the recipe for this Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink. You can think of it like a hot chocolate, but made with pumpkin. Or as a pumpkin spice latte, but without the espresso. Or you can think of it as it’s own thing – a Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink that’s sure to bring hygge to your home. It’s perfect for this time of year. If I were only still young enough to go trick-or-treating, I am sure I’d love a mug of this when I was done running around the neighborhood (hint hint from all the kiddos out there)! ;)
- 2 cups milk
- 1½ cups (330 grams) pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons (25 grams) brown sugar (use more or less depending on your taste)
- 1½ teaspoons pumpkin spice
- Whipped cream, for topping
- Pumpkin spice for sprinkling on top
- In a small saucepan, heat the milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pumpkin spice on medium heat, until it is just about to boil, stirring frequently.
- Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of additional pumpkin spice.