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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

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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.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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  • mrslarkin
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I cook for a living, and for every other reason you could imagine. Loves: eating with friends, any vegetable, whiskey, and casual gardening.


thefolia September 27, 2014
Oh yeah...come to mama my little spicy cup of yumminess!
laurenlocally November 13, 2013
mrslarkin November 13, 2013
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.
Leo S. November 12, 2013
Looks so much better than the garbage they serve at Starbucks.
molly Y. November 12, 2013
looove this! am i allowed to paint my mug red and really get in the spirit of things?
Kenzi W. November 12, 2013
Laura W. November 12, 2013
I would be SO offended if you didn't, Molly. ;)
nicole November 12, 2013
Actual pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte!
EmilyC November 12, 2013
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!