This post is devoted to all of those Starbucks holiday drink lovers out there who are sacrificing Pumpkin Spice Lattes for the glory of God. Whether this sacrifice be due to lack of availability in a foreign land, or simply the fact that it costs about as much for one season of lattes as it does to put a kid trough college, God is certainly pleased with your willing sacrifice. But He is also loving and merciful and thanks to the internet and genious people who are willing to share their recipes, He has decided to bless us with the ability to bring this delicious beverage into our very own homes for a fraction of the cost.
I was searching online today to find out a good recipe for vanilla coffee syrup and I found a number of awesome pumpkin spice lattes recipes as well! I am enjoying my first of many such lattes this season as I write this post. It is SO good! Here’s the recipe in my cup:
1 C boiling water
1 C sugar
2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spices (there are easy recipes online that tell the proportions of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves if you don’t have a ready made mix)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
-The above ingredients are for the syrup. Put the spices into a disposable tea filter if you have one, or into a coffee filter and tie it shut at the top. Mix the boiling water and sugar until dissolved and steep spice packet in syrup for about 5 minutes, stirring often to infuse the syrup with the spices. Lastly, mix in the vanilla. Store the extra syrup in the fridge after you make your latte.
-Next, heat up about 1/2 cup of milk (the creamier the better in my opinion) and mix with about 1/3 cup strong coffee (more or less to taste). Obviously espresso would be ideal, but assuming that most of us don’t likely have an espresso machine, strong coffee will have to do. Mix in about 2 tablespoons of your syrup and adjust from there if you’d like it sweeter. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg if you really want to go gourmet. Oh, and if you happened to have real pumpkin puree, toss a tablespoon of that it and it would be wonderful!
The above recipe is my own adaptation of the recipe that I found here. I simplified the process slightly and made it a bit more missionary friendly by removing the espresso element, but the ingredients are pretty much the same. Like I said, I tested out my method before posting it, so I promise you that it works!
Do you love holiday beverages too? Which one is your favorite? Have you been longing for a pumpkin spice latte and slice of pumpkin bread as much I have? It is my goal this season to experiment with a number of Starbucks-ish recipes, so I’ll be sure to share the successful ones. My longevity on the field will be sealed forever if I can just perfect the at-home eggnog latte… without the raw eggs…. big hitch, but we’ll see.