Pumpkin spice latté. The quintessential seasonal drink; the drink that tells you fall is in the air and gives you permission to bust out your scarves and Ugg boots. Most of the pumpkin spice lattés made by big name coffee shops are laden with sugar, artificial ingredients and over-roasted stale coffee. Making your own coffee house worthy drinks isn’t hard. With ingredients that are in your pantry or spice cabinet, you can save a ton of money. At almost $5.00 a drink, your habit can really add up so save the money and indulge in the local coffee house on the corner. Here’s a fun recipe to make your very own Pumpkin Spice Latté at home.
Traditionally, pumpkin spice lattés were a regular latté jazzed up with some cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Over the years, coffee houses began experimenting with real pumpkin to generate a more pumpkin-y flavor. Syrup companies like Monin and Torani began creating pumpkin spice syrups to mimic the fall flavor which created more of a sweeter drink which ultimately can mask the flavor of good coffee. Many places have tried to perfect the popular coffee shop drink. Consistency seems to be a challenge in the market place. Cooking time, preparation and variations in coffee are all obstacles the industry faces to creating a consistent drink. Besides, everyone has their own idea of what their PSL should taste like! Making this recipe at home means you have control over the ingredients, but you can also change it to your taste.
Most of what you’ll need you probably already have. The pups get a little bit of pumpkin here and there so I always have a can of pumpkin puree in the pantry. If you don’t, make sure you grab REAL pumpkin. Don’t get the pumpkin pie filling. Why? That has sugar and a host of other stuff you probably don’t want to taste in your coffee. The creamier the milk the better. High fat milks (heavy whipping cream, canned coconut milk, etc) are best only because they foam the best as well as give a nice velvety texture. I also prefer dark roast coffee with this recipe. It mimics the espresso flavor and brings out pumpkin flavor even more. From your spice cabinet, you can either use already mixed pumpkin pie spice, if you have it. If not, then cinnamon (I like the Kirkland Saigon Cinnamon best), cloves, and some nutmeg. I prefer to ground my own nutmeg. You would be amazed at the flavor that little nut has when it’s freshly ground! That’s it! You’re ready to make your PSL!
Now, grab your cup of autumn-y goodness, your favorite fuzzy blanket, put your feet up and enjoy! If you loved this recipe, drop a comment on how it turned out and follow me over on Pinterest and Instagram for more fun coffee recipe ideas! Stay tuned for our next creation!