What an exciting Thursday evening of Grey's, pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin spice cookies!!
In the middle of class a couple weeks ago, I got an amazing epiphany. I could make my own pumpkin spice lattes!!! I searched around online and found tons of recipes, though all basically the same. Here is the one I've been using. I had to buy practically all of the ingredients but it's been well worth it! Such a delicious start to the morning! Plus I think I finally feel the effects of caffeine! For most of my life caffeine never really had an effect on me. I never woke me up and I could have it right before bed and it didn't keep me awake. Perhaps it is a mental thing, but these pumpkin spice lattes are a good morning picker-upper! Here is my recipe:
1c. Soy milk. (you can used almond, but I think soy taste better)
1 regular spoon scoop of canned pumpkin, amount totally depends on how much you like pumpkin.
1T vanilla coffee syrup (I found it at target)
Mix together and microwave for a minute or two until steaming. Then add
1/4t. pumpkin pie spice
1/4c. coffee (you're supposed to use "strong" coffee since it's subbing for espresso, but I don't)
Super quick and easy! I bought a little electric milk frother for $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I used it before I add the coffee so my drink looks even more authentic. Plus the foam helps to keep the drink hot for a longer period of time. I don't add whipped cream, though that would make it extra fancy and maybe make it taste even better. I also bought a caramel coffee syrup at Target and sometimes add a dash of that too.
The recipe says you can used bottled Pumpkin Spice Syrup instead of canned pumpkin and spices. I immediately searched online and found it multiple places and the bottle is only $7-8!! BUT shipping is $10. No thanks! Maybe when I feel like I have extra money lying around? Too bad you can't get the syrup at Starbucks; I wonder what they actually used in the lattes at the store? Anyway, I found a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Syrup and made some and I would say it was quite successful! Basically water, sugar, pumpkin and spices, simmered on the stove until maple-syrup thick. It saves SECONDS off my latte making since I no longer have to add sugar or spices (I still add extra pumpkin). You can also add it to other drinks, esp Chai tea. What a novel idea! I keep meaning to make a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte but I keep forgetting!
Maybe this weekend I will go study at Starbucks and let them make a pumpkin spice latte for me!