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Fall and winter call for cozy sweaters, fuzzy blankets and hot drinks. One of the most popular is the pumpkin spice latte — or PSL — which Starbucks has sold more than 600 million of since adding it to their menu in 2003. However, they increased the price of a PSL from $5.45 to $5.95 before bringing it back to their stores in 2022. Luckily, following a pumpkin spice latte recipe can save you a few dollars.
If you’re a devoted PSL enjoyer who doesn’t feel like spending $6 on a drink, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s an easy pumpkin spice latte recipe so you can make yourself the delicious beverage whenever you want.
Naturally, if you want to make a pumpkin spice latte recipe, you’ll need the all-important pumpkin spice. But what is the seasoning made out of?
Those with stocked spice cabinets will probably be in luck. However, if your kitchen is a bit barren, pumpkin pie spice contains a few seasonings you can easily pick up at the grocery store. To make pumpkin spice, you’ll need:
This cozy blend of seasonings is all you need to add that familiar taste to your lattes. Simply add your fresh pumpkin pie spice to a glass jar and save it for whenever you’re ready for a PSL.
Once you have pumpkin spice, you’re ready to make a delicious latte. Here’s a pumpkin spice latte recipe to snuggle up with during the colder months or to keep on ice when it’s hot.
Take a cup of pumpkin puree, a teaspoon or two of the pumpkin pie spice and half a cup of sugar and add it all to a pot or saucepan. If you would like, add half a teaspoon of vanilla for an extra hint of sweetness. Heat the sauce until the sugar melts into the pumpkin, then let it cool and add the mixture to a food processor. Blend until smooth and add the sauce to a jar or some Tupperware.
If you love the classic latte, prepare two ounces of espresso and add it to a cup. However, you could also make some chai if you prefer the flavor. Either one will be a delightful pairing with the pumpkin sauce.
Those with an espresso machine in their home probably have a milk frother attachment on the appliance. But you can also grab a handheld frother, heat eight ounces of your milk of choice to scalding and get to fluffing. The same process works with a French press or a simple whisk and bowl — though the second option results in less foam.
Depending on how much pumpkin flavor you want, add the sauce to your coffee or tea. You should add about a fourth of a cup of the mixture, but feel free to reduce or increase how much you add to your preference. Then, pour in your frothed milk and mix.
All that’s left to do is top off your PSL. The usual toppings are whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, but you can get creative with your creation. Who says you can’t add some caramel, chocolate or chopped pecans? The world is your oyster when you’re in your own kitchen.
PSLs are delicious, but daily trips to the coffee shop can start to hurt your wallet. Making them yourself provides you with an incredible drink without having to leave the house. Try out this pumpkin spice latte recipe to enjoy a cozy beverage whenever you want.