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 ;)
Lately, Hygge is a new concept that I am obsessed. 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)! ;)
Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink (Vegan option)
- 2 cups milk (use a dairy-free milk alternative for a vegan option - oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, etc.)
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (use more or less depending on your taste)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- whipped cream - for topping (use a dairy-free alternative for a vegan option)
- 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.