15 Pumpkin Drinks That Aren't Lattes
Once fall rolls around, you can't pop into a coffee shop — whether local or a chain — without being overwhelmed with the pumpkin spice latte advertising. If you're in the mood to take a break from your autumn go-to or are not a huge java fan in the first place, we've got you covered with these tasty pumpkin drink ideas. From cocktails to smoothies to milkshakes, these pumpkin drink recipes will satisfy from the first sip.
Pumpkin Pie Cocktail
Pumpkin Apple Pie Smoothie
Double up on fall flair in this apple pie-pumpkin pie mash-up recipe that requires zero forks or spoons to enjoy. Made simply with canned pumpkin, apple, unsweetened almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, and a pinch of brown sugar, we say this is one pumpkin drink that tastes like a treat but is totally appropriate to enjoy for breakfast.
Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
We know, we know, leftover pumpkin pie is rarely a thing in our houses, too. So make a double batch that way you can blend a slice or two into these vanilla ice cream shakes that are spiked with bourbon. If you can find it, try swapping cinnamon or pumpkin ice cream for vanilla to amplify the autumnal flavors.
Love the buzz of coffee but not the hefty price tag of ordering it out each morning? Try this pick-me-up that features cold brew coffee, pumpkin purée, almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, and a hint of sweetener. The key to the rich texture: Freeze the mixture in an ice cube tray overnight, then blend to a smooth, sippable consistency.
Pumpkin Spice Russian
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin Spice Martini
Sugar and spice and everything nice, plus vodka! These cinnamon- and nutmeg-infused martinis are a great way to shake up cocktail hour for the season with a triple play of liquors: Irish creme liqueur, vanilla vodka, and pumpkin liqueur.
Pumpkin Spice Whipped Coffee
Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Shake
Vanilla extract and ice cream give this milkshake recipe major pie a la mode vibes, while graham cracker crumbles create the faux crust. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg lend a welcome warm element to balance the cool ice cream and milk in the part-smoothie, part-shake.
Sarah's Frozen Pumpkin Spice Cocktail
Just a splash of heavy whipping cream adds a tremendous amount of luscious, silky texture to this blended cocktail. An equal amount of pumpkin spice coffee liqueur, canned pumpkin, and milk are pretty much all you need (besides ice and spice) to complete these almost-too-easy party-ready cocktail. Cheers to a pumpkin drink recipe you'll have memorized by the second round!
Pumpkin Spice Protein Drink
Naturally sweetened with dates and bananas, plus pumped full of protein from milk and protein powder, this pumpkin drink makes an excellent mid-afternoon snack or morning meal. Buckwheat Queen raves, "I drank it this morning at 7 and it's 12:30; I'm just now getting hungry."
Harry Potter's Pumpkin Juice
"I have always loved watching marathons of Harry Potter with my family, but this drink has made it even more enjoyable," says reviewer Sarah Hyson about this festive mocktail. Apple juice, apricot preserves, and canned pumpkin are the starring ingredients. Just don't forget to add an extra touch of magic via homemade whipped cream on top.
Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie
It tastes so much like a soda fountain menu item, you'd likely never guess this pumpkin drink is sugar-free and packed full of nutrition! With 196 percent of your vitamin A needs (thanks, canned pumpkin!), banana, protein powder, and plant-based milk make this a healthy snack for any hour of day.
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate
Thick, creamy and full of rich sweetness that only white chocolate can impart, this hot chocolate recipe is actually hot double chocolate: using cocoa powder and white chocolate pieces. It also features some common players you may have noticed in many of these pumpkin drinks — so stock up! — canned pumpkin, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Vegan Pumpkin Nog
Tip toe from fall to winter by combining eggnog and pumpkin in one holiday drink recipe. Rice milk, dairy-free ice cream, and mace introduce the notion of nog; canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg pick up the fall pie flavor elements. The resulting combo might just inspire you to blend this up even during peak summer.