Now You Can Make Pumpkin Spice Latte From Home.
Enjoy this Starbuck's inspired specialty coffee whenever you want and at a fraction of the price.
At upwards of $5.00 a cup, you can save a lot of money by making pumpkin spice latte at home. Make an entire pot and share it with friends.
This pumpkin coffee drink has warm, fall spices, and booze. Omit the alcohol if you like, but I'm not sure why you would.
If you are dairy-free, substitute milk and cream for a non-dairy milk of your choice. I think almond milk would be a great alternative.
Want to make pumpkin spice lattes for the kids? Omit the alcohol and brew up some decaf. My kids love it. It's such a nice way to enjoy these cooler, autumn nights.
So light a fire, put on your favorite tunage, and brew a pot of pumpkin spice latte.
Life Story: The Kindness of Coffee
Early morning, I hear the kettle whistle in the dark. I hear the water glug as it fills up the press, forcing the grounds to float to the top. I hear the seven minutes of silence as it brews and I lie in bed. My eyes are closed, my mouth pasted shut. I'm not ready for words, but for the liquid of black, bitter beans to loosen my lips and coax me into consciousness, allowing my tongue to form its first, kind utterance,
"Good Morning. How did you sleep?'
Mid-day, my mother calls. "What are you up to?" she asks. "I'm close by and thought I'd stop over."
"I'll put the coffee on," I say.
I add an extra spoonful of grounds because she likes her coffee strong. Her week was hard, and she needs the ritual of coffee as respite. I fix a plate of cheese and fruit and present it as a gift, sweet strawberries, soft Gorgonzola, some toasted walnuts too. We sit outside among the Russian sage and the hydrangea that won't bloom. She buzzes around her feelings like the bees who never land on any one flower for long. She takes a slow sip in, like an act of meditation, and says something true.
Late evening, I brew an after-dinner pot. I add pumpkin and milk and whiskey and cinnamon. I'm the only one who drinks it and it tastes like a prize. Outside, my husband lights a fire and some candles. He drinks bourbon and beer and blares his carefully curated list of Saturday night jams. My son lugs his gymnastic mat up the hill to a flat spot in the yard. My daughter drops her pencil and her drawing pad and runs over to wrestle him to the ground. They laugh.
I sit on the porch and watch and let the swallow of coffee and liquor warm me. My husband wails to John Lennon’s, "Watching the Wheels." I sip in, let go, and hum along.
How to Make the Best Boozy Pumpkin Spice Latte from Scratch
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 TBSP pumpkin spice
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 3 TBSP pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup strong brewed coffee
- 1 ounce coffee liqueur like Kahlúa
- 1 ounce cinnamon whiskey like Fireball
- 1 recipe cinnamon whipped cream
Cinnamon Whipped Cream Recipe
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 TBSP powdered sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Brew a strong cup of coffee.
- Heat milk and cream but do not boil. You can do this in the microwave or the stovetop.
- Add pumpkin spice and steep for ten minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and reheat milk mixture until hot. (If you tie the pumpkin spice inside a cheesecloth and make a bundle, you can steep it that way and skip straining.)
- Whisk in vanilla, sugar, and pumpkin puree. Stir in coffee and alcohol. Divide pumpkin spice latte into 2 mugs. Add a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream on top.
Directions to Make Cinnamon Whipped Cream
- In a mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Whisk in powdered sugar and cinnamon until fully incorporated.
Want to make your coffee time extra special?
I really do love the ritual of coffee. It's a kindness I give myself everyday. I love having the ritual of coffee with others, too. It says, "Sit. Stay awhile. How are things?"
I've made my coffee ritual extra special by using a mug I love. I chose floating glass mugs. They make me feel extra fancy.
I also love these little spoons with sweet sayings on them. If someone has been kind to you and has made you coffee for years, this is such a sweet gift.
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