Small Batch

Pumpkin Spice Latte

By • November 12, 2013 • 8 Comments

It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

Today: Laura Wright from The First Mess walks us through how to put your own spin on the popular seasonal drink.

Pumpkin Spice Latte on Food52

So, I'm definitely one of those purists that would rather rain on the PSL parade than actually try the famous autumnal beverage. In late August, I walked into the culprit coffee shop, in cutoff shorts and shades, for a caffeine fix and the cheerful cashier offered: “Pumpkin spice is back!!!!” Slightly baffled, I responded with a polite smile and deadpan request for a double iced espresso.

Pumpkin Spice Latte on Food52

More: 7 hot drinks to warm you up this fall.

Having said that, I will eat any pumpkin pie in existence. Like even the crummiest pre-fab, gummy slice from a corner gas station on Thanksgiving weekend -- yep, and I'll probably sincerely enjoy it. It wins handily in the favorite pie category every time. Those giant pumpkin pies on sale at Costco after the holidays? I want at least 7 in the freezer to “get me through.”??

Coffee is high on my list of vices (right next to the pumpkin pie, obviously). The challenge to make a pumpkin spice latte that I could live with, and that came together easily at home, seemed fitting. Why hate on something so seasonal and potentially awesome? ??

Pumpkin Spice Latte on Food52

I used some actual cooked pumpkin in this, along with all of the familiar warm spices—cinnamon, ground ginger, and freshly grated nutmeg. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte on Food52

Luckily I had recently picked up one of those Nespresso machine deals at an auction house, but really strong coffee would be equally pleasant. Also, mine is filled out with unsweetened almond milk and topped with a coconut whipped cream, but the traditional dairy-based counterparts to both of those would obviously work just fine.

Pumpkin Spice Latte on Food52.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg + extra to serve
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 shots espresso
2 to 3 tablespoons coconut whipped cream

See the full recipe (and save and print) it here.

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8 months ago laurenlocally

Lauren is Food52's Director of Partnerships.

PSL!!!!!

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8 months ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

So this was the dialogue driving home yesterday, with my daughter sipping her PSL: (cue weeping) "OMG I only have one sip left!" This is going to elevate me to the Most Amazing Mom Ever category.

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8 months ago Leo S

Looks so much better than the garbage they serve at Starbucks.

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8 months ago molly yeh

looove this! am i allowed to paint my mug red and really get in the spirit of things?

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8 months ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

Obviously.

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8 months ago Laura Wright | The First Mess

I would be SO offended if you didn't, Molly. ;)

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8 months ago nicole

Actual pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte!

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8 months ago EmilyC

This is awesome! I can relate on many levels: coffee and pumpkin pie are high on my list of vices, I can't stomach PSLs from you-know-where, and I too have a nifty Nespresso machine. Will be trying this soon!