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November 10, 2014

Nutty Pumpkin Coffee and Hot Cocoa

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When it comes to autumn and winter holidays one of my favorite parts is what we’re drinking. I don’t necessarily mean alcoholic beverages, but everything we drink. As a rule my family drinks water, coffee or the occasional cup of juice so, when holidays roll around I get excited about flavored coffees and different types of ginger ales and warm ciders. Using ShopRite’s coffees and hot chocolates as a base makes whipping up delicious drinks so easy. Here are two grown-up versions of drinks you’ll want to try this season. For teetotalers or children, leave out the liqueur or pick up a bottle of hazelnut flavored syrup in the coffee aisle.

Nutty Pumpkin Coffee and Hot Cocoa

Nutty Pumpkin Drinks for the Holidays

NUTTY PUMPKIN COFFEE
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 ShopRite Colombian Roast K Cup
1 ounce pumpkin simple syrup*
1 ounce hazelnut liqueur
Creamer to taste if desired
Whipped cream for topping

Directions:

1. Make a 12 ounce cup of coffee using the K Cup.
2. Add pumpkin simple syrup and liqueur and stir well.
3. Add creamer if desired and serve topped with whipped cream. Serve hot.

NUTTY PUMPKIN HOT COCOA
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 packet ShopRite Instant Hot Cocoa Mix Рwith or without marshmallows
1 ounce pumpkin simple syrup*
1 ounce hazelnut liqueuer
Whipped cream for topping

Directions:

1. Make one cup of cocoa according to package directions.
2. Stir in simple syrup and liqueur and stir well.
3. Top with whipped cream and serve hot.

*PUMPKIN SIMPLE SYRUP

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

1. Combine puree, sugar and water in a small saucepan.
2. Cook over low heat until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is smooth.
3. Add in pie spice and stir well.
4. Keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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