It’s the glorious time of year when the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte makes its return. Each year I long for the simple, sweet and spicy treat. It’s actually a very simple recipe, which I’ve made numerous times as an ex-barista. I actually love making coffee, and if I wasn’t a mom, I would probably still be a barista living off of tips because I love the job. Anyways, I have a heavenly pumpkin spice latte recipe that will seriously have your friends knocking at your door at 7 am.
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I’ve also got a cute little coffee bar set up, which is easy to put together with items from the Target dollar spot, and great for hosting those cozy coffee mornings with friends. Why meet up at the local coffee shop and wait in line, when you can have your friends over for homemade treat at your simple coffee bar?
Let’s get to the recipe first. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Your Friends Will Be Begging For
One part of this recipe that is super important is a milk frother of some kind. If you don’t have a steamer connected to a coffee machine, you can grab these cheap little hand-held, battery-operated frothers that do a great job. Target has them in store, or Amazon is a great place to order. The frothy, steamed milk is an important part of a latte.
I am assuming if you have a milk steamer, you now how to steam milk. You want the consistency smooth, not full of air bubbles. Think velvety. If you do get some air bubbles, you can stomp the milk can on the counter a few times to help pop the air bubbles out.
If you are going to use the hand frother, just warm your milk up first, then froth it. That way you have a warm latte.
Okay, moving on from the important milk texture, here’s what you need:
Milk of choice. FYI from a barista, non-fat milk steams and froths the best. Better than higher fat milks. I prefer Almond Milk for my coffees, so just go for what you or your guests may like here.
Pumpkin Spice Creamer: I grabbed this creamer. I think it has a great taste to it, and this is where the recipe is unique. We are going to mix a bit of this creamer into our milk. This establishes a strong, creamy flavor, but
Pumpkin Pie Spice: I use this one from Trader Joes. Its got a great spice combination that isn’t too spicy.
Raw Sugar. You can use an alternative sweetener, but I prefer the raw sugar for this recipe.
Step 1: Put two table spoons of pumpkin pie spice and one raw sugar packet at the bottom of your mug.
Step 2: Pour hot coffee over the seasons and sugar. This will help the sugar and seasons dissolve into the coffee, giving the coffee itself a sweet ans spicy taste.
Step 3: Make your creamer and milk mixture. This is about one cup of preferred milk and two table spoons of Pumpkin Spice Creamer. Steam or froth heated milk to pour over the coffee.
Step 5: Top with whipped cream if preferred, and sprinkle the top with some Pumpkin Pie Spice. This latte has a very pumpkin, spicy flavor, yet its calmed down with the cream and sugar infused in your milk of choice. It is so good! Now let’s go over the coffee bar to host your coffee morning guests. This is super simple and easy to set up, but gives your coffee station a bit of fall flavor.
Coffee Bar for Simple Entertaining:
Here’s the coffee bar I set up. A Keurig is a super simple way to have guests make their own coffee. If you want to serve them the Pumpkin Spice latte recipe above, have the pumpkin pie spice and raw sugar ready in the bottom of the mugs. Guests can brew their own coffee while you are preparing the milk!
Fall colors are warm and cozy, and always offer a sweet treat to go with the coffee! These are super fast cinnamon rolls that are not home made. I can only manage one homemade item at a time.
You can also prepare the milk a head of time, so guests can brew their coffee in the Keurig then pour how much milk they like.
I was able to grab the fun lights, wire basket and decor all at the Target dollar spot. That little place has such fun, festive pieces that are so affordable!
Coming soon will be coffee recipes for those of you who are not a fan of pumpkin spice. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone 🙂