We’re going to be frank with you: we’ve had enough of anything and everything related to the pumpkin spice latte. There are so many other spiced drinks that aren’t overwhelmingly sweet, and are just plain old better.
We couldn’t possibly come up with a list of spiced drinks that put the PSL to shame on our own because we’re far too biased in our distaste for overly sweet drinks. So instead, we turned to Natalia Machado, Vanessa Gianfrancesco, Hana Dethlefsen and Pailin Chongchitnant–the ladies of One World Kitchen–for some suggestions (Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Gusto).
Spiked Argentinian Coffee
“There’s this coffee that they do in Argentina especially when it’s snowing, so it’s great for the winter season here in Canada… it’s coffee brewed on top of fire,” said Machado. “So there’s this big iron kettle and you put in water. Once it starts boiling in a kettle, you put in the coffee. Then we grab one of the coals from the fire and spread sugar on it, and it turns into a caramel. Then we add it in to the coffee… [with] whiskey, cinnamon and vanilla”
Can you imagine sipping at a coffee filled with warm, gooey caramel and hints of cinnamon and spiced whisky?
“The ash actually wraps into the coffee and filters the coffee and makes a really thick, caramel coffee spread at the bottom. It’s a really old technique and is really easy to make on a camp fire,” Machado added.
We’ll be trying this one out on the campfire, without a doubt.
Okay, so maybe we’re cheating a little bit with this one. So what if you like to make mulled wine during the holiday season? Why not start your holiday celebrations a little earlier this year by mulling your wine before fall even comes to a close. Party it up all you want, or let it soothe you after a hard day at work. Mulled wine doesn’t take long to make, and it’s spiced, citrusy warmth is sure to brighten your day well after the sun sets.
“We don’t use spices in our drinks. Japanese drinks have a very minimalistic and simple flavour, but one of the things that I think about around Christmas time are matcha lattes, said Dethlefsen. “You just add matcha powder to hot water and steamed milk.”
Not sure about you, but we’d take a refreshing latte with a strong green-tea flavour over the PSL any day.
“Orange flavours are really prominent during Christmas time,” Gianfrancesco explained. “Aperol and a little soda on top with nice orange slices [makes for a great fall drink], and for christmas, we put in cinnamon sticks as well.”
For those of you who love booze, orange and spice, you’ll be sure to fall in love with this drink as soon as you take a sip.
Lemon Grass Tea
“In Thai cuisine, we don’t use a lot of dry spices, but we do use a lot of fresh herbs. But we like to drink lemon grass pandan tea,” said Chongchitnant. “Pandan leaves are long, aromatic leaves that we use to flavour desserts. It’s got a flavourful aroma that you just boil in water to make a soothing tea. They like to serve that in the spa in Thailand.”
This drink’s got everything a fall spiced drink should have: a nice refreshing, cozy twist.
Season 2 of One World Kitchen premieres Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Gusto.