Pumpkin Spice Latte for PSL addicts

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In our house, we still aren't over pumpkin! So much so, that I will be making the third pumpkin post in a row!

This recipe was made with the sole purpose of saving money. When there is a PSL addict living in your home, it might be more cost-effective to make this stuff yourself!! Alternatively, you can send them to a rehab clinic where they have to quit pumpkin pie, turkey stuffing, cranberry sauce, autumn leaves, jack-o-lantern carving or overdosing on pumpkin-flavoured coffee. But those clinics are pretty expensive, so there's still the problem of saving money.

Here, let me help you... 

I've tried several different recipes to make pumpkin latte and none of them have worked out quite as well as this. Making a syrup rather than mixing pumpkin straight into your drink results in a much smoother, sweeter latte with none of the pumpkin 'bits' interfering. It tastes just like Starbucks but better because you get to control how much syrup you put into it!

I don't really have a recipe per se for making latte. I usually just brew my coffee and adjust the milk according to my tastes. I looked around though and the measurements below seem to be pretty solid.  

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

For the Syrup: 

  • 2 cups (470ml) water
  • 1 cup (220g) brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground ginger
  • 4 heaped tbsp. canned pumpkin puree

For the Latte (for 2 people):

  • 8 ounces strong brewed coffee or espresso
  • 8 ounces whole milk (warmed and frothed)
  • Whipped cream for garnish (optional) 

  1. To make the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for approximately 15 minutes.  
  2. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. This makes enough syrup for 8-10 lattes, possibly more. The syrup can later be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.
  3. Make your latte how you usually would by brewing some really strong coffee or espresso. Pour in the frothed milk and approximately 3 tablespoons of pumpkin syrup. You can add less or more depending on your tastes. 
  4. If desired, garnish with some whipped cream and either pumpkin spice or cinnamon.  

 

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