Nov 212011

Happy Monday, Everyone! Do you guys hate Mondays as much as I do? Yeah, I feel ya. But coffee helps, right? Well, to help you get through your Monday, I’m sharing something I discovered about a certain Fall favorite. Ohhh, boy, I have found the secret!

To a pretty freaking good mock pumpkin spice latte, that is.

Like, just as good. And ridiculously cheaper. Without all the hoopla of making your own syrups or pumpkin puree and whatnot.

If you’re like me, you waited a while after the pumpkin spice latte came back to Starbucks this Fall to purchase one because at a whopping $4.95 for a grande sized drink, it’s hard to justify such a treat. I finally gave in, because, well, they’re just undeniably delicious. But I’ve only had 2 this year…on special occasions. Special occasions = walking to the local starbucks to get coffee right before work and then upon arriving, looking outside and seeing a downpour. No umbrella in hand, no hood, no jacket. Regular coffee turned into a pumpkin spice latte.

If I’m going to start the work day soaked, I’m going to start it with a pumpkin spice latte to balance it out.

My shoes were squishy and soaked for the entire day. So much so that I took them off in my office because they were gross. I barely left my desk that day. And then put them back on when I left work…squishing my way out the door.

So you can see how happy it makes me knowing I can make my own, almost-just-as-good-if-not-better, pumpkin spice latte at home. It’s not quite as thick as what you would find at Starbucks but I like it that way.

It all starts with Godiva’s pumpkin spice flavored coffee (I’m assuming other pumpkin spice flavored coffees would work too). Then the secret: 100% pure maple syrup. And then milk! THAT’S IT!

Oh, and like I’ve said before, this milk frother thing is magical. It’s only like $5 too. But you don’t need it to make this exceptional drink…it’s just a perk. And we like perks. Another perk would be adding whipped cream.

Pumpkin Spice “Latte” (Adapted from Godiva)

  • 3/4 cup godiva pumpkin spice coffee, brewed just slightly stronger than normal
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup steamed milk*
  • cinnamon or pumpkin spice to garnish and good measure (optional)

In a cup, pour in the freshly brewed coffee. Then add the maple syrup and mix well. Add the steamed milk and placed the frothy-ness on top by scooping it up and spooning it onto the top of the drink. Sprinkle some cinnamon or pumpkin spice on top to garnish.

Let’s drink!

Oh, and whipped cream with an extra drizzle of maple syrup on top is also another great garnish. It will also make your drink creamier :)

*I like to use whole milk when I steam because it gets very frothy. You can replace it with anything you like. And if you don’t have a frother, just warm the milk, and you can top it off with some yummy whipped cream!

Hope you all are having a wonderful Monday :)

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  8 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice “Latte””

  1. I have been really into the Lattes lately – new found favorite drink as a morning or sometimes an afternoon treat – YUM:) Happy Monday!

  2. I have just discovered your blog and it is beautiful! I have bookmarked this recipe and will be making it the instant the weather grows cold here in Sydney.

  3. Looks good. Cheers!

  4. Wonderful adaption for the overpriced Starbucks version! Thanks so much!

  5. Oh my gosh, this looks amazing.  I’m actually not a fan of Starbucks’ PSL… tastes too artificial, but THIS… THIS looks tasty!  I need to buy the Booze Hound some pumpkin spice coffee to brew so I can make this and pretend the leaves are turning!

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