Pumpkin Hot Coconut

Pumpkin Hot Coconut

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If you can have hot chocolate, you can have hot coconut, too. Right? OK. I had a tough time naming this drink because I really just wanted to a call it “ridiculously delicious awesomeness with a splash of alcohol in a glass and topped with toasted marshmallows.” But I figured that wouldn’t be great for SEO, so I decided to name it Pumpkin Hot Coconut instead. It’s still not quite descriptive enough, but I suppose that’s what the rest of this blog post is for. To help you understand. I didn’t want to call it a cocktail because you don’t haveeee to add the rum. But I think you should. Especially today. It is Cocktail Friday, after all (p.s. woo hoo!!)

Sometimes I wonder how it’s possible for us New Englanders to get through the long dark winters here. Then I make a drink like this and realize I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Weekends cuddled up in yoga pants and blankets on the couch with a steaming hot drink like this one and a good book or Bon Appetit magazine. Snow? Bring. It. On. The combination of coconut milk, pumpkin, and a splash of rum is one I want to be sipping on all fall and winter long. And this one is way, way less caloric than its hot chocolate cousin. Which means you can totally drink 3 or 4 without feeling guilty, obviously.

Pumpkin Hot Coconut (serves 2):
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  • 3 C coconut milk (I use Silk PureCoconut)
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 oz. light rum (optional)
  • 1/2 C mini marshmallows
  • Shredded coconut for garnish

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This is also an easy peasy recipe. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk together and heat until sufficiently warm.

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With your oven set to broil, lay mini marshmallows in a single layer on a foil-covered pan.

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Broil for a couple minutes until the marshmallows are nicely toasted. Keep a very close eye on them as they’ll get brown fast!

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Rim your glasses with coconut. I typically like to use a sugar water mixture, but sometimes find that a little powdered sugar and milk/cream make an even nicer glue.

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Pour coconut milk pumpkin mixture into the glass and stir in 1.5 ounces of rum into each glass. If you choose. I choose yes. Top with a few toasted marshmallows. (I should note that each serving is not a full mason jar… I made a little extra so I could completely fill two)

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Hellooo. If you want some extra sweetness, you can stir in some more of the coconut, too. Or you can add a little agave syrup. I loved that this drink wasn’t overly sweet, but if you’re in the mood for even more of a treat, you can add some extra.

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I tend to be a bit of a homebody in the colder weather… And this drink is totally not going to help my case. When I have this at home, I really don’t think I’ll feel the need to ever leave my couch again. This could be bad news.

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I know some people are sick of pumpkin. But even if you’re sick of the trend, I urge you to still enjoy it. I have a strict September-December pumpkin policy and don’t eat it the rest of the year. This ensures that I really, really enjoy it during these months. And pumpkin and coconut is a super fabulously delicious combination.

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And marshmallows make everything more delicious. There’s something about a toasted marshmallow that is absolutely perfect in both the dead heat of summer and the dead cold of winter. I just love that about them.

Oh, one warning. This drink WILL end up leaving your face covered in coconut. Which is even more reason not to leave your house. Sorry, guys. I was just trying to help.

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Now go forth and celebrate the fact that it’s Friday! What are your plans for this weekend? Going to a big party? Or staying in on the couch and drinking this? That’s what I thought. Make me proud, friends.

What’s your favorite cold weather drink?


15 Responses to "Pumpkin Hot Coconut"

  1. Gia Grossman says:

    Hot coconut is so a thing. I want to drink it!

  2. Hot Coconut…love it! This sounds fab, and I wouldn’t dream of leaving out the rum. 🙂 TGIF!

  3. Holy moly – along with my ginger obsession is my coconut obsession. This looks amazing and SO unique! Pinning – totally making this one with that rum, baby.

  4. Maybe if i drink of enough of these hot coconuts, it will start feeling like fall in Los Angeles.

  5. This sounds delicious. And everything’s better with rum! I love Irish coffees this time of year, or anything with Amaretto.

  6. This sounds good! My favourite is hot chocolate with a pinch of cinnamon 🙂

  7. This drink looks utterly delicious, and perfect for a chilly autumn evening, though to be honest in my part of the world right now you are more likely to find me sipping on prosecco and strawberries.

  8. Barbara says:

    Totally divine, Sues! All my favorite things in one drink…think it might even be better than a pina coloda! Clever to make it hot, such fun.
    My favorite drink this time of year is Milk Punch, believe it or not. Wish my family liked it better.

  9. This is great. I will need to try it. I bet this would be great with coconut rum too. Happy weekend!

  10. i totally need to try this asap!! pumpkin is my bff, and coconut is my second best 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh, what a great idea!! This looks so perfect. I would definitely make it with rum, too 🙂

  12. Monet says:

    Wow! Now this looks like my kind of drink! I love coconut milk and I know I would love those toasted marshmallows on top!

  13. Rachel Cooks says:

    Genius! This is so fun and festive!

  14. Debi says:

    Oh I am so making this right away. We are getting snow and this would completely hit the spot.

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