We know that first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season is calling your name, but when you’re trying to stick to a budget this fall your favorite festive drink can start to drain your wallet. Save a little dough this season by trading your five-dollar daily indulgence for a tasty homebrew.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Fire up the espresso machine, here’s a homemade take on a fall classic courtesy of The Kitchn.
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 to 2 shots espresso, about 1/4 cup
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form
In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly. Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup. Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over. Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender until frothy and blended. Make the espresso or coffee and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.
Salted Caramel Mocha Latte
A festive fall drink that will have you wishing it the crisp weather would last all year long thanks to Inside BruCrew Life.
1 cup fat free milk
2 Tablespoons caramel ice cream topping + extra
2 Tablespoons hot chocolate mix (or chocolate syrup)
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup strong coffee
1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
Mix together the turbinado sugar and sea salt. Set aside. Heat the milk, 2 tablespoons of caramel, hot chocolate mix, and pinch sea salt until just below boiling. Pour into a blender and pulse until frothy. Pour into a cup. Slowly pour the hot coffee into one side of the frothed milk. Top with Cool Whip. Drizzle with extra caramel topping. Sprinkle with the sugar and sea salt mixture.
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Latte
Kick fall into action with a sweet and savory treat courtesy of Inside BruCrew Life.
- 2 cups fat free milk
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 3 Tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, divided
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup strong brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup Cool Whip
- coarse ground sea salt
In a small saucepan, combine the milk, pumpkin, 2 tablespoons caramel, vanilla, and spice. Stir until the mixture comes to a very slight boil. Remove from the heat immediately and pour the mixture into a blender. Pulse for about 2 minutes or until very frothy and pour into a coffee cup. Top with cool whip, extra caramel, and sea salt.