{DIY} Pumpkin Spice Latte

There are a few ways you can make this delicious fall drink, and I’m still experimenting with different options for those who don’t have these exact ingredients on hand, but the flavor of this is spot on, so I figured I’d go ahead and share it in case any of you, like me, were craving this ‘welcome to fall’ treat!{DIY} pumpkin spice latte recipe

Let me start with a disclaimer that there are 2 ingredients that I feel like really impact the final quality…..

1) the COFFEE – We’re picky when it comes to coffee quality and though we don’t have an espresso maker (which I’m sure would make this more authentic) we use only Illy Brand coffee (aff link) and make it as strong as possible. It’s amazing.
2) the SYRUP – We use Monin brand Vanilla syrup (I get it on S&S from amazon) and it’s a been the big secret to making coffee shop quality lattes at home. (I’ll post my Caramel Macchiato Recipe again soon). I’ve tried other brands and personally don’t like the flavor, so this one is the winner for us.

So anyway…..back to the recipe…..

Pumpkin Spice Mix (as pictured in the shot glass above)
** this makes about 1 cup of mix, so if you like it then go ahead and double it and just store in the fridge for a bigger supply

In a small glass or jar , mix up the following:

  • 3 Tbsp organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • a few sprinkles each of ground ginger, nutmeg and clove
  • 12 pumps of the Monin Vanilla syrup (if you don’t have this you can also make your own simple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut creamer (or regular, but we use dairy-free)

Mix this little concoction up really well, brew the strongest cup of coffee you can and put about 2 oz of this goodness into it. Stir really well. I like it sweet and tasty, so after adding this mix I still proceeded to add sweetener and more cream as usual to my liking.

Top with fresh whipping cream if you’d like, sprinkle on your cinnamon and enjoy FALL IN A CUP!

**The only reason I’m not 100% satisfied with this recipe is that while drinking, you have to stir often or you’ll end up with some pumpkin mix in the bottom of your cup. I didn’t have any luck straining this because it’s all a thick mix, but I will play around with it more and post updates or would love to hear your feedback too!! I’m also going to try doing a version of the mix using Cinnamon Essential Oil and will post the findings 🙂

 

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