The Pumpkin Spice Latte is a seasonal drink that Starbucks serves and let’s be honest; even to someone who’s not much of a coffee drinker, they are crazy delicious. But along with all that autumn flavor comes a hefty price — a venti with whip costs the better part of $5 with tax.
At that price, you may have been surprised to see the drink in my post yesterday about nine frugal things I love about fall. When confronted with the retail price, I figured it would be nice to make my own but, of course, since I’m always in a rush in the morning, it had to be easy. After a little bit of trial and error, I settled upon the following:
1/2 cup of milk
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp of pumpkin spice syrup (Like this one by Torani http://amzn.to/1gHqTB8) [Edit] Or make your own! See below
1/2 cup hot strong (double-brewed) coffee
Dash of pumpkin pie spice (Like this by McCormick http://amzn.to/1bTTPq6)
Heat the milk in the microwave for 1 minute or until hot.
Add the sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin spice syrup
Transfer to a blender and blend it until it’s good and frothy
Pour it in your favorite mug, plop in the coffee, top off with as much whipped cream as you want, sprinkle on the pumpkin pie spice, and enjoy!
Oh, so you want to get creative?
First off, I actually prefer Torani’s pumpkin pie syrup http://amzn.to/1bLY1Id, but wanted to make a drink closer to the original for now.
If you don’t mind taking the time, you might skip the syrup and pumpkin pie spice entirely and instead add real cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and a chunk of real pumpkin, to the milk mixture. I’d also warm the milk in a saucepan over low heat instead of in the microwave. Also, devotees would probably point out that this should have been made with espresso, but I don’t have that readily available; if you do, try that out.
[Edit] Twitter user @karahudson writes to say that homemade pumpkin spice syrup is easy to make and provides this recipe: Simmer one cup of sugar, one cup of water, 1/4 cup pumpkin, and spices together, strain, and refrigerate. I’ll have to try this too!
Alright, any thoughts on this? How else can it be improved? Sorry that there aren’t any pictures, but I wanted to post this before heading off to a conference tomorrow.