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Move Over, PSL: This Is The Pumpkin Drink You Really Want This Fall

Atole and its chocolatey cousin champurrado are commonly enjoyed during the festive winter months. If you want to get a jump on atole season, though, this pumpkin version is designed to be enjoyed during Fall.

For those who’ve never tried atole, the warm, masa-based beverage is the ideal comforting drink for the colder seasons. This version incorporates spices like cinnamon and star anise while mixing in pumpkin puree for an autumnal flavor.

One of the keys to this recipe lies in its sweetening agent, piloncillo. The cone-shaped “sugar” can be found at places like Northgate Market, and is an unrefined ingredient made from boiling and evaporating cane sugar juice. It’s flavors are key to bringing the atole to life.

You can view the full recipe to this fall-based Pumpkin Atole in Northgate Market’s new holiday cookbook, arriving in early December. If you want to make it ahead of then, though, check it out below.

Servings: 9-10

1 cup masa harina
6 cup water, divided
4 cups milk
1 cup pure canned pumpkin
2/3 cup grated piloncillo
1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp ground turmeric
pinch salt
1 vanilla bean split
1 large hollowed pumpkin (approximately 11” wide), small hollowed pumpkins for cups (approximately 4-5” tall and wide)
Extra long cinnamon sticks, star anise and pumpkin pie spice for garnish


Step 1
In a medium bowl, combine masa harina and 2 cups of water. Stir well to avoid any lumps.

Step 2
In a large saucepan, combine milk, pumpkin puree, remaining water, piloncillo, pumpkin pie spice, turmeric and salt. Whisk together until piloncillo is dissolved. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 3
Slowly stir the masa harina mix into the saucepan, add the vanilla bean and bring back to a simmer, whisking occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and keep simmering until thickened to desired consistency, approximately 5-10 minutes.

Step 4
Serve hot or warm in a large pumpkin punch bowl, using small hollowed pumpkins as mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick straw, star anise and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Created in partnership with Northgate Market


Coffee Bean Offers Small Holiday Drinks for $1


Who: Participaing Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations

What: $1 for a 12-ounce holiday beverage:

  • Toffee Nut Latte and Ice Blended
  • Winter Dream Tea Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha Latte and Ice Blended
  • Red Velvet Hot Cocoa and Ice Blended

When: Thursday, Nov. 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

H/T+PicThx Brand Eating


This Is The Franken Frappuccino, Starbucks’ Halloween Drink

franken frap

Although we know you’re loving your daily dose of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, take a break and try out a new drink. The Franken Frappuccino, festively named after Frankenstein, will be the latest addition to Starbucks’ Frappuccino mix, but only for three days.

The drink consists of a Green Tea Frappuccino, white mocha, peppermint syrup and java chips with whipped cream on top. The Franken Frap will be available from Oct. 29, up until Halloween, and although you can order it before 2 p.m., all grande Frappuccinos are going to be cheaper when bought after that time.


Who: Starbucks

What: $3 grande Frappuccinos after 2 p.m., including the Franken Frappuccino

When: Oct. 29 to Oct 31

Why: Because it’s Halloween, ya dunce

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Cîroc Has Us Drinking To New Years and It’s Not Even Thanksgiving Yet


We can’t help it. The turkey has yet to be laid on the table and the tinseled Christmas tree is still snug in its box. Yet when we hear the words “Peach Cobbler” garnished with brown sugar and crushed graham crackers and “Holiday Ginger Snap” with muddled sage and ginger beer, our hearts skip a beat. Add a bit of Ciroc Peach Vodka and  Happy New Years it is.



Peach Cobbler


  • .75 oz Cîroc Peach
  • .75 oz Hazelnut Liquor
  • .75 oz Heavy Cream


  1. Add ingredients to shaker and fill with ice. Shake & add to glass.
  2. Garnish rim with brown sugar & crushed graham cracker



Holiday Ginger Snap


  • 1 thin slice Ginger
  • 1.5 oz Cîroc Peach
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz Sage (tear leaves to release oils)
  • Ginger Beer (To top off)


  1. Drop ginger, lemon juice & sage leaves in a shaker and muddle
  2. Add 1.5 oz Cîroc Peach and fill with ice
  3. Shake and pour into glass
  4. Top with Ginger Beer