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!
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.
Katana Collins is an Amazon Top 100 best-selling author of over twenty novels, novellas, and comic books. She started her career writing paranormal romance and new adult romance for St. Martin’s Press, Kensington, and Entangled. She is most known for her sensual contemporary romances, sassy heroines, and her wildly popular comic book— Batman White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn with DC Comics.
After living for a decade in Brooklyn, NY, she and her husband took the plunge and moved to Portland, Maine. An avid animal lover, she now lives in “Vacationland” full-time with their kind of mean cat, derpy lab-pitt mix, mellow chihuahua, and very not mellow cairn terrier puppy. Oh, yeah… there’s a husband who draws comics 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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