The now world-famous pumpkin spice latte began as a humble seasonal drink to be enjoyed as soon as the temperatures dropped. Now, this comforting and heart-warming drink is popular all year round, and it’s easy to see why. Coffee, pumpkin and brown spices were meant to be served together.
Let me tell you all about my recipe for a pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream — a fantastic recipe that delivers perfect results every time.
The cold season would just not be the same without the food and drinks that make us feel warm inside, from roasted turkey and Brussel sprouts to the famous pumpkin spiced latte. These are those foods and beverages that make us smile.
Well, it’s time we start making our pumpkin spiced latte coffee at home. After all, who wants to pay 15 bucks for a coffee you can make in just minutes? That’s right; you need not be a certified barista to put together this seasonal classic. Here’s how you make a pumpkin spice latte.
What makes this latte special is the coffee. There’s no doubt this one’s still a coffee drink. I use Arabica dark roast coffee, since those charred, vanilla flavors go great with baking spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg and the rest.
You’ll also need heavy cream because we’re blending this one with ice, and regular milk is just too thin for the job. Other than that, you’ll need pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice — these are the heart and soul of the recipe. Caramel syrup and whipped cream round everything up for a fabulous drink!
To make a pumpkin spiced latte, you need espresso. After all, this is coffee. You also need milk or your favorite milk alternative.
Now, for the secret ingredient. We’ll add pumpkin puree to our latte to give it its vibrant orange hue and addictive pumpkin flavor. Along with a few tablespoons of pumpkin pie spices, you’re nearly done.
The last step is garnishing your drink. Whipped cream and caramel sauce go a long way, but steamed milk, AKA cold foam, is a lighter alternative that also looks great.
To make this tasty drink, brew the espresso first and let it cool down to room temperature, whether on the counter or in an ice bath. Then, blend all the ingredients to get a thick, spicy latte.
Pour the drink into your favorite glass or cup and garnish. You’re ready to go! Here’s a tip: use pumpkin puree from a can but make sure you don’t pick up the wrong can. You don’t want pumpkin pie filling but solid-pack pumpkin puree — they’re entirely different.
Serve this seasonal treat to enjoy with the falling leaves in the background and throughout the holiday season. You can also enjoy this one in spring or summer, though, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Pumpkin spice lattes might not be available all year round at coffee shops, but you can make yourself one any time you want!
Once you master the art of crafting pumpkin spiced lattes at home, you’ll become a better host, useful during the holiday season. You’ll be able to treat yourself to the spicy drink whenever you want as well! Do you really need any other reason to make a homemade pumpkin spice latte? I didn’t think so. Let’s get started!
For the pastry:
Brew the espresso and cool it down to room temperature in an ice bath.
Add the ice, espresso, heavy cream, pumpkin pie spice, puree, vanilla and caramel syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Pour in a glass and garnish with the whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.