Some people see the first leaf of the season fall to the ground and immediately head to Starbucks to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte – or “PSL” if you’re a regular. The Pumpkin Spice Latte has taken the world by storm over the last few years, and now there is as much preparation for PSL season as there is for Halloween!
Spending all of your cash at Starbucks is no way to treat your bank account – especially right before the holidays! We all know that Starbucks is one of the most expensive coffee places in town (though you can save some money with Starbucks coupons), so why not learn to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home?
Of course you can make this delicious autumnal drink at home! Starbucks may have invented this coffee beverage concoction, but they can’t stop us from enjoying a dupe at home when we don’t feel like spending $6.
There are some basic components of every Pumpkin Spice Latte.
- Espresso shots
- Canned Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Whipped cream
With these five ingredients, you can come exceptionally close to the famous PSL. You can even tweak it to your liking, making it even better than the original – and still cheaper! It’s a Christmas miracle!
To create a perfect dupe for the Pumpkin Spice Latte, you’re going to need some strong brewed coffee or an espresso machine. As someone who drinks 2+ coffee drinks per day – I say get yourself an espresso machine. They are so popular now that affordable models are very easy to come by.
The Mr. Coffee Pump Espresso Maker is fairly priced under $100 and can be purchased using Target promo codes. It will give you the perfect amount of espresso in two adorable shots. Once you have your coffee, you need to focus on the other most important part of a latte: the steamed milk.
For perfect steamed milk, you could either get one of these impressive machines – an automatic milk frother – or you could just get out the whisk and go to town on some milk you warmed on the stove top. All you really need to do is incorporate air into the milk. If you pick up the Capresso Milk Frother, be sure you use a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon before you check out! There’s no use in spending money you don’t have to spend, right?
Next, the flavor. This is the biggest, most crucial element of the Pumpkin Spice Latte because, well, it’s the pumpkin and the spice! For the perfect flavoring for this latte, combine canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and a little vanilla extract on the stovetop. This helps the spices “bloom” into the pumpkin puree. Then, add the sugar. You’ll want a lot because Pumpkin Spice Lattes are sweet, and once you add it, the pumpkin mixture will turn gooey and luxurious. Almost like… coffee syrup!
Keep the extra syrup in the fridge and you’ll have Pumpkin Spice Lattes for days! (Literally.)
At this point, whisk in your warm milk. And when I say whisk, I really mean it. Air! We want air in our frothy milk!
Pour your espresso coffee shots into the bottom of a mug, and add your milk mixture over it. Once you’ve gotten it to your liking you can add the final ingredient: a whipped cream topping. If you’re feeling fancy, add a little tiny bit of that pumpkin pie spice over the top. You’ll have a perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte and an image worthy of breaking Instagram!