What is it about the way the light hits the trees in Autumn? Driving through the London parks surrounded by that amber glow just transports me to my happy place. Cashmere blankets, Dyptique candles, crisp evening walks as the sunsets creep in even earlier… and nights in that are more than welcomed. If I had to pick a favourite season it would be a close call between Summer and Autumn.
The perfect day would always be spent with family and friends. I’d hope for a reasonable wake up by miss Vivienne – perhaps 7am if I am lucky. A walk around the park collecting conkers, the excitement on her face when she spots one nestled in the grass never fails to pull on those heart strings. Maybe a stumble into a coffee shop for something warm, sitting outside with one of those itchy plaid blankets over our legs embracing the fact we look forty years our senior. We would head home, peel the layers off and get ready for some baking. The kitchen a complete mess but giving me that feeling of ‘home’I love so much, and the smell filling every room with delicious chocolate toffee autumnal goodness…. And then we would eat it all of course. Later our friends would come over for dinner, the perfect Autumn pie served, followed by more sweetness to satisfy that craving. And then we would all collapse in front of the fire with a drink, or three, to put the world to rights.
And my new Autumn discovery I have been desperate to tell you about – Baileys Pumpkin Spice. Wow. Baileys is a drink that has always been firm favourite of mine so when I heard about a Pumpkin Spice variety they seriously had me at hello. Imagine that smooth creaminess of Baileys and then everything gorgeous about Autumn sprinkled all over it. That’s Pumpkin Spice! And no – no pumpkins are harmed in the making, nor are they used – at all. It’s a heavenly mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. If you try it – expect to get hooked and it’ll be one of those drinks that makes you wish Autumn would hurry up for just so you can have it again!
My favourite ways to have it – surprise surprise – over ice. Simple, seriously tasty and straight down to business. But added to your latte comes highly recommended as does an amazing cheese-cake recipe I found online here.
Cheers to the perfect, warm glow, inside and out, this Autumn.
Created in collaboration with Baileys Pumpkin Spice
Pick up your own bottle in any big supermarket and check baileys.com for the recipes