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Hot Coffee, Tea, and Espresso Drink Recipes for the Fall

Autumn might be associated with changing leaves and crisper air, but the changing seasons also means the return of hot coffee and tea beverages. While the pumpkin spice latte is definitely the cult-favorite beverage, there are so many other hot coffee drink recipes to explore! Between allspice, caramel apples, maple syrup, and peppermint, fall welcomes an array of tasty flavors. 


There are many seasonal espresso-based drink recipes to help your customers wake up on those chilly autumn mornings. However, if espresso is too strong for their taste or if they are just in the mood for a less-intense beverage, there are also hot coffee drink recipes well-suited for the season. Even more exciting: fall flavors can be enjoyed as both coffee and tea drinks! There are so many unique and creative recipes for tea lovers who also wish to embrace the season. We’ve curated a list of creative drink recipes to try this autumn.


Hot Coffee Drink Recipes 

Our first few autumn beverage suggestions are fun takes on classic hot coffee drink recipes.


Maple Mexican Coffee Barista Underground


Maple Mexican Coffee


You will need:

  • Brewed black coffee 
  • 2 ounces chocolate morsels 
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite milk 
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of maple syrup 
  • 2 ounces of dark brown sugar 
  • 1 orange peel 
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • Creamer (or a substitute) for added thickness



  1. Brew your coffee as usual. 
  2. Take a saucepan and set it over low heat. 
  3. Put the chocolate morsels in the pan and wait for the chips to melt. 
  4. Add the milk to the pan and bring the mixture to a calm boil. 
  5. Add the orange peel and the cinnamon stick. 
  6. Turn the heat down to a simmer and let the mixture sit for fifteen minutes. 
  7. Taking the pan off the burner, stir the coffee into the pan. 
  8. Add the vanilla extract. 
  9. Take the orange peel and the cinnamon stick out of the pan.
  10. Stir maple syrup into the mix. 
  11. Pour the coffee into cups and add creamer as desired. 


Eggnog Cafe Breve Barista Underground


Eggnog Cafe Breve


You will need:

  • 4 ounces brewed black coffee 
  • 2 ounces of half and half
  • 2 ounces of eggnog
  • Nutmeg



  1. Brew your coffee as usual. 
  2. Either froth or boil the eggnog with the half and half. 
  3. Let it sit over low heat while the coffee finishes brewing. 
  4. Take a pinch of nutmeg and add it to the liquid. 
  5. Take an eight-ounce mug and pour the brewed coffee into the cup. 
  6. Add the eggnog and half and half onto the top of the coffee drink. 
  7. Sprinkle more nutmeg on top of the drink.


Cinnamon Spiced Coffee Barista Underground


Cinnamon Spiced Coffee


You will need:

  • 3/4 cup of black coffee grounds 
  • 3 cups of cold water 
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1 ounce of sweetened condensed milk 
  • Whipped cream



  1. Before brewing the coffee grounds, mix them with the ground cinnamon. 
  2. Brew the coffee as you normally would, using no more than three cups of water. 
  3. Take the condensed milk and add it to a saucepan. 
  4. Heat the milk over a low temperature until small bubbles begin to form. 
  5. Add the coffee to the pan with the milk. 
  6. Mix the two liquids together until they are evenly dispersed. 
  7. Pour the hot coffee drink recipe into a mug. 
  8. Top with light whipped cream and sprinkle allspice on top.


Tea Drink Recipes

Never underestimate the potential of an autumn tea recipe -- tea-based drinks can make unexpected yet delicious concoctions!


Apple Cider Chai Latte Barista Underground


Apple Cider Chai Latte


You will need:

  • 1 tea bag of chai leaves 
  • 1/3 cup of spiced apple cider 
  • 1 cup of water 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk 
  • A cinnamon stick 
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon of allspice for even more flavor 



  1. Boil the water. 
  2. Pour the water into a mug and add the tea bag. 
  3. Set a timer for five minutes, and let the tea steep. 
  4. Warm a pot on the stove. 
  5. Add the almond milk, apple cider, allspice, and cinnamon. 
  6. Let the ingredients warm up on low heat.
  7. Remove the tea bag from the hot water. 
  8. After about five minutes, add the ingredients to the cup of tea. 
  9. Place the cinnamon stick in the cup and enjoy!


Chocolate Peppermint Tea Latte Barista Underground


Chocolate Peppermint Tea Latte 


You will need:

  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk 
  • 2 peppermint tea bags 
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate cocoa powder 
  • 1 mini candy cane 
  • 1 small gingerbread cookie 
  • Whipped cream



  1. In a small pan, warm the almond milk over low heat on the stove. 
  2. Slowly increase the temperature until the almond milk boils. 
  3. Place the tea bags in the boiling almond milk. 
  4. Bring the heat down to a gentle simmer.
  5. Remove the tea bags after five minutes. 
  6. Pour the cocoa powder into the pot. 
  7. Stir in the maple syrup. 
  8. Pour the tea latte into a cup and top the drink with whipped cream. 
  9. Place the candy cane and gingerbread cookie into the cup for a festive decoration. 


Pumpkin Chai Latte Barista Underground


Pumpkin Chai Latte


You will need:



  1. In a pitcher, steam the chai concentrate with the milk. 
  2. Take a coffee mug or teacup and pour the chai into the cup. 
  3. Add vanilla extract to taste. 
  4. Sprinkle the spices over the top of the foam.  


Espresso Drink Recipes

Espresso-based drinks are especially favored as seasonal beverages since the sweet additives balance well with the more-bitter shot of caffeine. They create a perfect sip with subtle autumnal notes!


Gingerbread Latte Barista Underground


Gingerbread Latte


You will need:

  • 1 ounce of gingerbread syrup
  • 8 ounces of your favorite milk 
  • 2 ristretto espresso shots 
  • Small piece of crystallized ginger



  1. Pull an espresso shot and pour it into your coffee mug. 
  2. Stir in the gingerbread syrup.
  3. Froth your milk to a consistency that you like.
  4. Pour the milk into your mug, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  5. Place the crystallized ginger on the side of your mug. Enjoy! 


Salted Caramel Cappuccino Barista Underground


Salted Caramel Cappuccino 


You will need:



  1. Pull a double shot of espresso and pour it into the mug. 
  2. Add half a tablespoon of salted caramel syrup and stir it with the espresso. 
  3. Add the other half of the caramel syrup to the milk pitcher.
  4. Steam the syrup with the milk. 
  5. Aerate the milk longer than usual to achieve the frothy, airy texture of a cappuccino. 
  6. Pour the milk into the cup to finish making the cappuccino. 
  7. Lightly sprinkle cinnamon and salt on top of the cappuccino's foam. 


Toasted Marshmallow Latte Barista Underground


Toasted Marshmallow Latte  


You will need:

  • 1 ounce toasted marshmallow syrup
  • 1 ristretto espresso shot 
  • 8 ounces of your choice of milk 
  • 1 cup of marshmallow fluff 
  • 3 marshmallows or 10 mini marshmallows 
  • 2 sheets of honey graham crackers
  • Dark chocolate syrup 
  • White chocolate syrup 



  1. Put the salted caramel syrup and toasted marshmallow syrup into a coffee mug. 
  2. Pull an espresso shot and pour it into the mug. 
  3. Stir the espresso and the syrups together for a few seconds. 
  4. Steam your milk and pour it into the mug, making a latte. 
  5. Place the marshmallow fluff on top of the frothy milk. 
  6. Toast the marshmallow with a kitchen torch, if desired. 
  7. Drizzle chocolate and white syrups over the marshmallow fluff. 
  8. Add the three marshmallows, and crumble the honey graham crackers on top. 
  9. Enjoy your toasted marshmallow latte!

Brewing it Over

Whether you are exploring your own signature coffee-based drink or are looking to use one of these fall favorites, we want to know how it goes! Head over to Barista Underground to tell us about your favorite cold-weather classic. 

August 15, 2019 by Staff @ BaristaUnderground