Skip the Coffee Shop and DIY Your Own Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Home This Fall
August 24, 2017
With cooler temperatures come snuggly sweaters, apple-picking excursions, and, of course, pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin spice lattes have become a quintessential part of the autumn months, something that many folks look forward to as summer comes to a close. But your pumpkin spice latte habit can get expensive pretty quickly. That is, unless you craft your own cup of pumpkiny coffee at home.
It's actually relatively easy to do. This recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction shows you how to whip up a batch of homemade pumpkin coffee creamer that you can add to a home-brewed cup (hot or cold) for a sweet, seasonal treat. Choose your dairy or non-dairy base, add pumpkin puree and pure maple syrup, and finish it off with a flourish of pumpkin pie spice and some cinnamon sticks.
If you want to recreate the authentic Starbucks pumpkin spice latte at home, try this recipe from Inspired Taste. Start by heating up milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar to a temperature that's just shy of boiling, then whisk in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and half a cup of hot coffee. You're all set—unless you're feeling extra decadent, in which case whipped cream and an extra dusting of pumpkin pie spice are a must.
This pumpkin spice latte recipe from The Kitchn actually seeks to one-up the coffee shop version. It does so with a few unique twists, like the addition of black pepper to the foundation of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. The pepper gives your latte a kick, accentuating the sweetness of sugar, vanilla, and milk. When you cap off a cup of coffee or espresso with this sweet mixture, you'll feel like the best barista in town.