A recipe for a good holiday: Steamy reads, Hot brews, and Crisp Sangria!

Hey there, Babes!


I know that SO many of us won’t have any time to read on Thursday…we’ll be too busy cooking! But my hope is that I can slip away for a few hours from the family over the weekend to slide in some Thanksgiving reading. But what’s a good afternoon or morning reading without a tasty beverage to go with it???

Here are two of my favorite Thanksgiving drinks that are SO simple and quick to make. 

And they pair really well with these great reading recommendations…

If you’re reading in the morning, here’s a delicious 10-minute pumpkin latte you can make right at home. What I love about this recipe is that it actually uses pumpkin puree! So many pumpkin spice recipes only use the spiced seasonings, without actually utilizing pumpkin! A big pet peeve of mine!

Pumpkin Latte

2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
2-4 tablespoons pumpkin puree (Choose your amount based on how much pumpkin flavor you want)
1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving
1/2 cup strong hot coffee
Whipped cream, for serving

Begin the recipe by heating a milk of your choice (I use oat milk), pumpkin puree, and sugar (I use a sugar free version called Swerve Confectioners) over low to medium heat on the stovetop until it is hot, but NOT boiling.
Once at desired heat level, remove the saucepan from the burner and stir in the vanilla, coffee, and the pumpkin pie spice.
Pour into two mugs, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of more pumpkin pie spice and a cinnamon stick for garnish.

However, if it’s five o’clock (somewhere!), maybe you prefer something a little stronger to sip while you read. This apple cider sangria uses only 4 ingredients and is SO delicious.

Apple Cider Sangria

2 diced apples
1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
1 bottle of sparkling apple cider
½ cup of caramel syrup
1 slice of orange for garnish
1 cinnamon stick for garnish

Add the diced apples to the bottom of a pitcher. Pour the entire bottle of wine over top of the apples. Add the bottle of sparkling apple cider next. And finally, pour the caramel syrup. Stir well and allow to chill for at least an hour. When serving, garnish with the orange slice and the cinnamon stick.

Let us know if you try any of these  fabulous steamy cocktails and love them as much as we do! OR if you have a holiday read suggestion… we are always up for new reads!

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Katana Collins is a bestselling author of over twenty novels, novellas, and comic books in a variety of genres. She is most known for her sensual contemporary romances and her wildly popular comic book— Batman White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn with DC Comics.

An avid animal lover, she lives in Portland, Maine with her kind of mean cat, derpy lab-pitt mix, mellow chihuahua, and very not mellow cairn terrier puppy. Oh, yeah… there’s a husband somewhere in that mix, too. She can usually be found in a coffee shop with her nose buried in a laptop wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.



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