Nothing beats the classics. No matter how many unicorn-colored drinks become available every summer, timeless coffee specialties like the pumpkin spice coffee will always be in vogue.
There’s more good news, classics are more often than not easy to put together, and the classic pumpkin spice coffee is one of those. The pumpkin spice coffee is all about seasonality; it tastes better when the leaves start falling, and the first chilly winds start running. This is fall in a cup, and it’s thanks to some critical ingredients.
Let’s start with the coffee because no one remembers this one is still coffee, but no pumpkin spice drink is complete without some caffeine. A shot of espresso is what you need — whether you pour it from your pod machine, make it with a stovetop coffee maker or pull it from a professional espresso machine, you want an ounce of robust and steamy coffee.
The rest is milk, of course, and today we have more options than ever. Whole milk, low fat, dairy-free, you name it. Then we have all these types of plant-based milk: almond milk and oat milk work nicely with this recipe and do try coconut milk; it gives the coffee a lovely tropical feel.
I’ve made all types of pumpkin spice lattes. In some, I use pumpkin puree, and in others, I don’t. The truth is, most of the time I do, it gets messy. This easy recipe calls for only one teaspoon of pumpkin spice. Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and aromatic clove; those are the flavors and scents you want.
Last but not least, let’s top this classic steamy drink with whipped cream and dust it with one more pinch of pumpkin spice latte.
Wow! Where to start! How about a slice of apple pie or a bowl of apple pudding? Try this spicy coffee with a batch of freshly made oatmeal cookies or some pecan pie.
Just think of your fondest memories in the fall when you get together with your closest friends and family. The first thing that pops into your head, that’s the perfect pairing right there.
In a small pot, heat the milk until steamy, add the pumpkin spice and mix well. Optionally, use a hand whip to froth the milk.
Brew your espresso, pour in a mug and pour the pumpkin spice milk.
Top with whipped cream and dust with pumpkin spice.