Cool, crisp air and golden hued sunsets are here, ushering in the first few days of fall. As you get ready for the season and the season’s worth of parties (Dia de los Muertos, Halloween, Thanksgiving…), take some time to revamp your party drink list. Margaritas are always welcome as are those sweet agua frescas, but also make some room for new, sweet, family friendly drinks. Grab some of our favorite silly straws and get mixing!
Six chefs shared the favorite family-friendly autumn dessert drinks with TLK. There’s a fruity papaya cream for when you need something cool and refreshing, a hot chocolate drink with just the right bit of spice, and a pumpkin coquito for those that can’t get enough of that classic fall flavor. Read on for six decadent family-friendly dessert drinks.
Ezeuiel Manfrin, the General Manager and Head Gaucho Chef of the popular Fogo de Chao in New York City, loves this Papaya Cream for it’s smooth and creamy taste. A classic Brazilian drink, the Papaya Cream takes advantage of the abundance of fruit found in the country. One papaya, four scoops of vanilla ice cream, mint leaves, and 20 minutes are all you need to whip up the refreshing treat that will ease you into fall and keep you cool during those Indian summer days.
Coquito is an eggnog like drink often found in Puerto Rico around the holidays and it usually contains a healthy shot of rum. Celebrity chef Irma Rios, however, wanted to create a non-alcohol coquito that would take her through fall. She combined cream of coconut, coconut milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for a drink pumpkin lovers will crave all year. It’s the flavors of fall in a cup.
The classic pear-hued horchata is a childhood favorite drink of anyone who spent time in Latin America when they were young. Seattle’s Chef Manny Arce of Poquitos grew up in southern California but worked in Spain, said to be the country of origin for the horchata, before ending up in Seattle. His homemade horchata is made with long-grain rice, condensed milk, water, sugar, and cinnamon for a sweet treat. The spices are classically fall and will warm you up without that shot of liquor.
Just because the weather is cooling doesn’t mean you can’t still eat ice cream. This ice cream dessert is one of four signature milkshakes that Chef Alex Garcia of A.G. Kitchen created for indulging in after a delicious Mexican meal. Enjoy tacos, enchiladas or your other favorite Mexican dish and then finish it off with the Aztec. Vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, cayenne, and chocolate sauce mix together to create a smooth and creamy drink reminiscent of a classic Mexican hot chocolate.
The Lollipop Passion Goblet is a favorite amongst the younger guests at Las Vegas’ Sugar Factory. One look at the drink and it’s easy to see why: it’s a fun and colorful bev made with coconut, pineapple, and melon juices and sweet and sour mix that creates a fun tropical sensation. Garnished with large whirly lollipops, candy necklaces, and served over dry ice, it's a whimsical reminder that the cold weather will pass.
Terry Hope Romero, author of Viva Vegan has several recipes for a Mexican hot chocolate with a touch of spice that take decadent to a whole new level. She uses Taza, a Massachusetts based chocolate and her recipe calls for a little more chocolate than most recipes for a smoother, richer flavor with more foam. Use a nondairy milk and the recipe becomes gluten-free. Perfect for those crisp mornings and evenings.