What if we told you that you could make your favorite, Starbucks-inspired pumpkin spice latte, right there in the comfort of your own home kitchen? Rather than calling for a big batch of homemade pumpkin spice syrup, we've streamlined the process so that you only make as much pumpkin syrup as you need for one latte. Feel free to scale the recipe up if you're preparing more. If you don't have access to an espresso machine, any strongly-brewed coffee will do. In addition, alt-milks or lower-fat milks can be substituted, although whole milk will be the richest and most satisfying.
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
1-2 shots espresso
Whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
Cinnamon, for garnish (optional)
How to Make It
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, cooking until spices are fully dissolved and the mixture is fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Whisk in sugar and vanilla and cook until the pumpkin mixture has the consistency of a thick syrup, about 2 minutes. Do not boil.
Whisk in milk; cook until heated fully, about 5 minutes. (For a frothy consistency, whisk vigorously, use an immersion blender, or add mixture to blender.)
Pour pumpkin mixture over espresso shot(s) in a tall glass; garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired. Serve immediately.
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