Hot Toddy

Easy to make in just 5 minutes with hot water, whiskey, lemon and honey. I also highly recommend adding in some fresh ginger!

This classic hot toddy recipe is easy to make in just 5 minutes with hot water, whiskey, lemon and honey. Feel free to use your favorite type of whiskey, plus any additional add-ins or garnishes that you enjoy.

Hot Toddy Recipe

Chilly nights call for warm drinks. And when you’re looking for a simple cocktail to warm you up, nothing beats a classic hot toddy. ♡

This centuries-old drink has long been one of my favorites to enjoy this time of year. It’s incredibly quick and easy to whip up in 5 minutes with just 4 basic ingredients — hot water, whiskey, lemon and honey. But of course, everyone has their own opinion regarding exactly what ratios, add-ins and garnishes make for the best hot toddy. So I highly recommend tinkering around with the ingredients here to come up with your own signature hot toddy recipe that tastes perfect to you!

My own favorite way to make a hot toddy is to mix one nice and strong, without too much water, and with plenty of tart lemon and a hint of sweet honey to complement a good-quality bourbon. But my “secret” ingredient — which I’m going to insist that you all try! — is adding a few slices of fresh ginger to the hot water, which only require a few extra minutes to steep before mixing into the cocktail. Fresh ginger tea always tastes so cozy this time of year, especially when I’m feeling under the weather, and its flavor pairs perfectly with the lemon, honey and whiskey. And, in my opinion, makes the drink taste far more interesting than using just plain hot water!

That said, though, you do you when it comes to this drink. I’ve included the classic hot toddy recipe below, plus lots of other fun ideas for different variations that you’re welcome to try including different spirits, garnishes or add-ins. Or of course, feel free to nix the spirits altogether to make a non-alcoholic hot toddy that is wonderfully comforting (and also kid-friendly) on its own.

Cheers to cozy drinks keeping us all warm this season!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is quick and easy to make, more affordable than the coffee shop version, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you’d like! Pumpkin spice latte fans! ♡ In honor of the return of PSL season in coffee shops everywhere, I thought I […]

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is quick and easy to make, more affordable than the coffee shop version, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you’d like!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice latte fans! ♡

In honor of the return of PSL season in coffee shops everywhere, I thought I would bump this recipe to the top of the blog today for those of you interested in making your own pumpkin spice lattes at home this season. Because while the coffee shop version is fun, I’m much more partial to making homemade pumpkin spice lattes because:

  • I’m one of those people who likes my coffee first-first thing in the morning while padding around at home in my pjs and slippers, and this version can be made in just 5 minutes in the comfort of my kitchen.
  • I’ve never been able to handle the sugar roller coaster that comes with the original Starbucks pumpkin spice latte recipe, so I appreciate being able to use less sweetener and natural sweetener (maple syrup, which I would argue is even more delicious than sugar in PSLs) in this homemade version.
  • I also enjoy being able to use my favorite type of oat milk and coffee and a legit spoonful of pumpkin purée when making my lattes. And occasionally, it’s also a fun treat to top it with some whipped cream a la Starbucks.
  • Finally — let’s be real — the cost of those coffee shop lattes adds up quickly. So it’s always nice to be able to make a homemade version at a small fraction of the cost.

Anyway, I’ve been tinkering around with these ingredient ratios for years and finally landed on a pumpkin spice latte recipe that I absolutely love. But of course, the joy of making your own version is that you can customize this recipe endlessly to your taste as well. (Lots of suggestions below!) So if you’re a fellow PSL fan, I say tap into your inner barista and let’s make some lattes together!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is quick and easy to make, more affordable than the coffee shop version, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you’d like! Pumpkin spice latte fans! ♡ In honor of the return of PSL season in coffee shops everywhere, I thought I […]

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is quick and easy to make, more affordable than the coffee shop version, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you’d like!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice latte fans! ♡

In honor of the return of PSL season in coffee shops everywhere, I thought I would bump this recipe to the top of the blog today for those of you interested in making your own pumpkin spice lattes at home this season. Because while the coffee shop version is fun, I’m much more partial to making homemade pumpkin spice lattes because:

  • I’m one of those people who likes my coffee first-first thing in the morning while padding around at home in my pjs and slippers, and this version can be made in just 5 minutes in the comfort of my kitchen.
  • I’ve never been able to handle the sugar roller coaster that comes with the original Starbucks pumpkin spice latte recipe, so I appreciate being able to use less sweetener and natural sweetener (maple syrup, which I would argue is even more delicious than sugar in PSLs) in this homemade version.
  • I also enjoy being able to use my favorite type of oat milk and coffee and a legit spoonful of pumpkin purée when making my lattes. And occasionally, it’s also a fun treat to top it with some whipped cream a la Starbucks.
  • Finally — let’s be real — the cost of those coffee shop lattes adds up quickly. So it’s always nice to be able to make a homemade version at a small fraction of the cost.

Anyway, I’ve been tinkering around with these ingredient ratios for years and finally landed on a pumpkin spice latte recipe that I absolutely love. But of course, the joy of making your own version is that you can customize this recipe endlessly to your taste as well. (Lots of suggestions below!) So if you’re a fellow PSL fan, I say tap into your inner barista and let’s make some lattes together!

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Spicy Grapefruit Ginger Fizz Mocktail

This Spicy Grapefruit Ginger Fizz mocktail is full of deliciously bold, spicy, and fresh flavors, it’s minimally sweet, and it’s easy to whip up in just 5 minutes. After having spent the better part of the last two years not drinking much alcohol (especially amidst our fertility struggles, IVF, and later becoming pregnant), I’ve sampled […]

This Spicy Grapefruit Ginger Fizz mocktail is full of deliciously bold, spicy, and fresh flavors, it’s minimally sweet, and it’s easy to whip up in just 5 minutes.

Spicy Grapefruit Ginger Fizz Mocktail

After having spent the better part of the last two years not drinking much alcohol (especially amidst our fertility struggles, IVF, and later becoming pregnant), I’ve sampled more mocktails recently than I have in years.  And you guys, I’ve gotta be honest — there are a lot of terrible mocktails out there!  Most that I’ve ordered out at restaurants and bars are loaded up with far too much sugar, they typically lack any sort of “kick” or interesting nuances, and they’re just — oof — disappointing.  Which seems like such a missed opportunity!

So this winter, I’ve been on a mission to up my mocktail game here at home.  And this recipe in particular has been one of my absolute favorites so far.

Meet this legit-awesome, alcohol-free, spicy grapefruit ginger fizz. ♡

It’s made with some of my favorite mixers that go big on fresh flavors, including tart grapefruit juice, spicy ginger beer, fresh lime and mint, and a generous muddling of fresh jalapeño slices to add some kick.  They’re simple ingredients that can be mixed together in less than 5 minutes.  And together, they combine to create a drink that is refreshingly tart, minimally sweet, fun and fizzy, and packed with however much heat you can handle.

The result is a satisfying sipper that is genuinely fun to drink and anything but boring.  So grab some grapefruit while they’re in season, and let’s craft some mocktails together!

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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

My favorite Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is made with real pumpkin, your choice of milk (dairy or plant-based), and naturally sweetened with just a hint of maple syrup.  So tasty and ready to go in 5 minutes! It’s that time of year again! ♡ Okay okay, I know that we’re still officially a few […]

My favorite Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is made with real pumpkin, your choice of milk (dairy or plant-based), and naturally sweetened with just a hint of maple syrup.  So tasty and ready to go in 5 minutes!

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s that time of year again! ♡

Okay okay, I know that we’re still officially a few weeks away from the beginning of fall.  But this past weekend, the weather majorly cooled off here in Barcelona and it seemed like the perfect time to break into my inaugural can of pumpkin purée for the season.  And the first thing that I found myself craving was none other than…a nostalgic pumpkin spice latte.  Well, make than an iced pumpkin spice latte, because while I’m apparently ready for pumkin season, I can’t quite let go of my iced summery drinks quite yet.

I have to admit, though, that I have become quite picky over the years when it comes to PSLs.  As much as I credit Starbucks with the introducing us all to this now infamous drink, the original version is far too sugary for me to handle nowadays.  And while Sbux’ version was modified in 2015 to finally include (granted, a very tiny amount of) actual pumpkin purée in the drink, I like making my drink with a legit spoonful of pumpkin in there, plus a hint of vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and (yes) sea salt to bring out the pumpkin’s coziest flavors. Together, the combo yields my idea of the perfect iced pumpkin spice latte that’s full of nostalgic fall vibes without the usual subsequent sugar crash.  And, of course, the homemade pumpkin spice latte has the added bonus of being considerably more affordable than the coffee shop version.

Feel free to customize your own with whatever type of coffee (espresso or brewed coffee), milk (dairy or plant-based), and whipped cream (optional but delish) you prefer.  And in less than 5 minutes, this delicious drink can be yours to enjoy in no time.

Cheers and enjoy, everyone!

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Watermelon Lime Mocktails

These Watermelon Lime Mocktails are super quick and easy to make and kicked up a notch with a fun Tajín rim. Meet the 2-ingredient, easy-breezy, ultra-refreshing watermelon mocktail that we have been loving this summer. This recipe came about a bit on accident when we had a quarter of a leftover watermelon in the fridge […]

These Watermelon Lime Mocktails are super quick and easy to make and kicked up a notch with a fun Tajín rim.

Watermelon Lime Mocktails

Meet the 2-ingredient, easy-breezy, ultra-refreshing watermelon mocktail that we have been loving this summer.

This recipe came about a bit on accident when we had a quarter of a leftover watermelon in the fridge that was on its last leg.  I decided to give it a quick dice and pop it in the freezer to save it.  Then one evening when we were making Mexican food for dinner, I decided to blend up the frozen watermelon with a bunch of fresh lime juice to make some slushies to go with our meal, and rimmed our glasses with some Tajín to give them more of a zesty mocktail twist.

And you guys, the combo was fantastic.  You’ve gotta try these mocktails! ♡

This recipe literally just takes a few minutes to blend up.  You’re welcome to make them as sweet and watermelon-y or tart and lime-y as you prefer.  If you feel like adding an extra kick, you could also toss a slice of fresh jalapeño in there too.  But however you make them, they are sure to taste so summery and fun.  And our friends all agree that they legit feel like a festive drink, even without the alcohol!

Here’s how to make them…

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Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (Starbucks Copycat)

This pumpkin cream cold brew recipe, inspired by the new Starbucks drink, is made with your choice of iced coffee and the yummiest pumpkin spice foam — which is surprisingly simple to make homemade! Raise your hand if you love Starbucks’ new pumpkin cream cold brew coffee! ♡ Well, fun news — Barclay (who worked […]

This pumpkin cream cold brew recipe, inspired by the new Starbucks drink, is made with your choice of iced coffee and the yummiest pumpkin spice foam — which is surprisingly simple to make homemade!

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Coffee (Starbucks Copycat)

Raise your hand if you love Starbucks’ new pumpkin cream cold brew coffee! ♡

Well, fun news — Barclay (who worked as a barista back in the day) and I have been tinkering around with a copycat version this past week, and I think that we’ve finally nailed it!

Turns out that the drink’s signature pumpkin foam is surprisingly easy to make in less than 5 minutes with just a few basic ingredients (milk, sweetener, vanilla, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice and salt).  Plus of course, when making your own version homemade, you have the added bonus of being able to mix and match your preferred brewing method, type of milk, and type (and amount!) of sweetener.  So whether you go the skim-milk-maple-syrup-iced-pour-over-coffee route like me, or maybe opt for an almond-milk-honey-nitro-iced-coffee combo, or just want to stay true to the original with a half-and-half-granulated-sugar-Starbucks-cold-brew — you get to call the shots with your coffee order here, and the the options for customizing are deliciously limitless.

I also have to say that I’m a huge fan of this drink because it is refreshingly not too sweet.  I make mine with even less sweetener than the Starbucks version (which is already mercifully less sugary than its famous pumpkin spice latte cousin), yet I’m happy to report that my pumpkin cream cold brew still tastes just as refreshing and autumn-y and pumpkin-spice-y as ever.

Basically, I’m now convinced it’s the perfect drink for transitioning from summer into fall.  And let’s be real, conquering pumpkin foam at home is going to land you some major barista bragging rights. ;)

So round up these ingredients, and let’s make some pumpkin cream cold brew together!

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