4 DIY Pumpkin Spice Drinks


The pumpkin spice craze is upon us.

During the fall, pumpkin is everywhere—especially in beverages. Pumpkin and a blend of autumnal spices are added to coffee, lattes, tea and smoothies, then topped with whipped cream and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon. For some, it doesn’t feel like fall until they take that first sip. While these drinks are tasty, they typically are loaded with sugar. And don’t get us started on the astronomical carb count. Why waste money on these drinks when making them at home is cheaper and you can control the ingredients?

Making pumpkin puree isn’t as daunting as you might think. Simply chop off the top of a sugar pumpkin near the stem, halve it like you would a melon, scoop out the seeds, put it face down on a baking sheet and roast until tender. The skin will be so soft that it will peel away. Then, mash it with a potato masher or run it through a food processor to get it nice and creamy. The resulting puree should be used immediately or frozen for six to eight months. Pumpkin year round—yeah!

These drinks come together in mere minutes and are low in calories, carbs and sugar.

Pumpkin Spice Drink Base


1 cup pumpkin puree

½ cup dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg


In a medium saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin puree with sugar, vanilla extract and spices until smooth. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just begins to bubble. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Use as directed in the following drink recipes. Store the pumpkin spice base in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Gluten-Free Drinks and Snacks for Summer

The kids are off for three months, but summer fun is for adults, too! Put a couple of these refreshing beverages in your cooler before heading out to soak up some sun. When packing up for an excursion, include some of these easy on-the-go snacks to keep everyone satisfied.

Refreshing Grown-Up Beverages


Truly one of a kind 

At only 100 calories and one gram of sugar per bottle, Truly Spiked & Sparkling is the perfect way to enjoy a cool summer drink without compromising your waistline. Available in a variety of crisp, clean flavors like Sicilian Blood Orange and Colima Lime, you’ll want to keep your cooler stocked with these spiked waters all beach season.






Don’t worry, beer happy

Traditional ginger beer gets a grownup makeover with Farmer Willie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer. This tasty drink has not only all the revitalizing flavor of a regular ginger beer but also about four times less molasses than its nonalcoholic counterparts, so you can enjoy all the taste without the added sugar.



No troubles, just bubbles

On a hot summer day, there is nothing quite like a thirst-quenching beverage to help you kick back and relax. Whether you are at the beach or having a barbecue with friends, Spike Seltzer drinks are delicious all on their own or used in a fun mixed drink.




You vodka be kidding me

Deep Eddy’s line of flavored vodkas makes for the perfect addition to any fun summer cocktails. With bright, seasonal flavors like sweet tea, ruby red grapefruit and peach, there is no end to the concoctions you can create at your next get-together.


Easy Beach Snacks

Don’t skip the chips

Think potato chips have to be bland? Think again! These new flavor-packed kettle-cooked chips from Cape Cod are infused with fresh ingredients that will forever change how you look at everyone’s favorite sandwich side. From robust Mediterranean to spicy jalapeño, these bold varieties are sure to tantalize your taste buds.





One smart cookie

Something sweet is just what you’ll need after spending a day by the salty sea. These gluten-free Archway Cookie Thins are perfect to pack in your beach bag for snacking between invigorating dips in the ocean and lively volleyball games.






Fan-ta-stick snacks

These flavorful pretzel sticks from Snyder’s are the perfect on-the-go snack for busy summer afternoons. Grab one or both of the new flavors, Hot Buffalo Wing and Honey Mustard & Onion.






Bounty of bites

For an indulgent treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth, try these truffle-like bites from Larabar. Ideal for a beach day or picnic, these vegan and dairy-free delights contain just five to six simple ingredients.