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Back to Basics: PSL

Photos By: Allison Weis

Fall is here. It is the time when the sound of leaves being crunched by boots fills the air. Sweaters embrace wearers in a knitted hug. It is the season for scary movies and apple cider; the time for reading books and bingeing entire shows in under a week. More than anything, autumn brings us an undeniable craving for one thing: pumpkin spice lattes. 

Let’s be honest: purchasing a pumpkin spice latte as a pick-me-up can get a little expensive. That is why understanding how to make one at home can be a lifesaver. To save money and customize taste, try this recipe before wrapping up in a blanket and indulging in a steamy, hot latte.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee or espresso
  • 2 c. milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar or 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Cinnamon sugar (optional)
  1. To start, heat the milk, pumpkin puree, sweetener of choice, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract together on the stove. 
  2. After the mixture heats to the desired temperature, whisk or froth until foamy.
  3. Add coffee or espresso and mix.
  4. Add whipped cream and cinnamon sugar if desired.

This process takes about the same amount of time, or less, as going to a coffee shop and purchasing a latte. Adjust this recipe to one’s individualized taste, and in no time, you will be saving money while enjoying the fall aroma.

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