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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Eric L. / Roaster at Drive Coffee

While the details of the first Thanksgiving feast have been exaggerated at best, and borderline mythicised at worst, the main focus of this day remains the gathering of friends and family to eat, drink, and be thankful for the year that is coming to a close. 

This day is often characterized by the gathering of family and friends, be it that one crazy uncle, the grandma who still doesn’t understand how the Internet works, or that friend that’s asking for Tofurkey. One thing everyone can agree on is the feast that epitomizes Thanksgiving day. 

That’s where we come in; we are proud to present two holiday drink recipes that feature our coffee to keep you and your family members going throughout this crazy day. 

Our first drink is our nonalcoholic homage to pumpkin pie, those spices seem to creep out of the shadows every fall and define an entire season until the first snowfall. The second beverage is our take on an old fashioned, an American classic since the 1880’s, with the addition of an ounce of our coffee.

This Thanksgiving, we urge you to remember why we still celebrate Thanksgiving after all these years; the gathering of family and friends, the celebration of life with food and drink, and most importantly, giving thanks for what we have and for what is to come. 

Friendly reminder that, unlike coffee and cream, car keys and cocktails do not mix. 

Please drink responsibly.


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Pumpkin Pie Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree



On medium heat, place water, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a saucepan. Whisk together thoroughly. Add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and pumpkin puree. Whisk occasionally until simmering. Let it simmer until all sugars have dissolved. Turn off heat and let it cool. 


Pumpkin Pie Coffee:

  • 2 ½ tbsp pumpkin pie syrup
  • 5 oz coffee
  • 5 oz milk of choice
  • Dash of cinnamon 



If you don’t have an espresso machine or steamer for milk, over medium heat, place milk of your choice into a pan. Heat until milk reaches 185˚ degrees Fahrenheit. Place the frother into the milk and start frothing. Light airy foam should start to appear. 

Get your mug and pour in the pumpkin pie syrup and hot coffee. Give it a stir. Then, take your frothed milk and pour it into the coffee. You will want to then grab a spoon and scoop out foam and lay it on top of the milk and coffee. After adding your desired amount of foamed milk, dash a little bit of cinnamon. 





  • 1 oz whiskey
  • 1 oz espresso
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 tsp cinnamon simple syrup
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Orange peel for garnish
  • Stirred not shaken



Pull a shot of espresso. We recommend 18g of ground coffee to 40g of espresso. Set aside and let it cool.

Place a couple ice cubes into your cocktail shaker. Pour the whiskey, coffee liqueur and espresso into the shaker. Then add the simple syrup and orange bitters. Take a long spoon and stir. Take your strainer and place on top of the shaker and pour into your glass. Place orange peel or garnish. 

Remember to drink responsibly.



If you do not own an espresso machine, you can use an aeropress to pull espresso-like shots.

Eric L. / Roaster at Drive Coffee
Eric L. / Roaster at Drive Coffee


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