Tuesday, November 10, 2015

World's Best Copycat #Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte by author Cleo Coyle #coffee



Here in New York City, we have a "world's best" for just about everything. Okay, maybe not a world's best baseball team. Not this year, anyway... 

Congrats, Kansas City!

On the foodie front, however, you can always find someone here in New York trying to claim the title for the world’s best edible, like...the world's best pizza, for instance, or cheesecake, or Cronut.


Or, thanks to a ginormous Elf...


The World's Best Cup of Coffee!

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Okay, I admit it, today's recipe may not produce the World's Best Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, but it's pretty darn good. Even better, you can make this one at home, with your own ingredients, and save a little money. 

You can also control the amount of sweetness and whipped cream in case you’re counting calories and not actually putting that off until after the New Year (like the rest of us).



Cleo Coyle's 
Pumpkin Spice Latte

Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband. 
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Every fall, Marc and I enjoy the flavor of pumpkin in so many dishes—even in our coffee mugs. With this recipe, you can whip up a pumpkin spice latte in your own kitchen, with or without an espresso machine.

While some coffeehouses use only pumpkin spice syrup, we like to use real pumpkin. The flavor from the real pumpkin tastes more natural and creates a lovely drink. We hope you enjoy it. 

Our warmest wishes to you all! 

~ Cleo




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Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients

2 teaspoons pumpkin purée (canned is fine)

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (*see my spice note)

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1½ teaspoons granulated sugar

1 shot (3 tablespoons) hot espresso

or double-strength coffee (**see my coffee note)

2/3 cup cold milk

Cinnamon stick


Whipped cream and a bit more pumpkin pie spice (for topping)

Directions:


Step 1: In an 8-ounce mug combine pumpkin purée, 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and sugar. Pour the hot espresso (or double-strength coffee) into the mug. Stir well to blend the flavors.

Step 2: Froth up the milk using an espresso machine steam wand. OR simply warm the milk in a saucepan over very low heat (do not allow milk to boil or you’ll get a scorched taste) and then froth with a whisk, hand blender, or electric mixer.

Step 3: Using a spoon, hold back the foam in your pitcher or saucepan as you pour the steamed milk fluid into the hot espresso. Add a cinnamon stick and stir to mix the flavors. Top with foamed milk, whipped cream, and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice.

*SPICE NOTE: Pumpkin pie spice is available in most grocery store spice sections. To make your own, simply mix the following ground spices for 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice or ground cloves, and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

**COFFEE NOTE: To make double-strength coffee in an automatic drip coffee maker, French press, or pour-over cone, double the amount of ground coffee that you would normally use. For example, instead of 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per 6 ounces of water, use 4 tablespoons and...

ICE IS NICE: Thanks to our Facebook friend and fellow author Wendy Wagner for her recent suggestion. Using some leftover pumpkin puree, she mixed up a batch of our Pumpkin Spice Latte and froze it in ice cube trays. Now she can pop some cubes out and microwave them in a mug whenever she feels like a nice, warm cuppa pumpkin spice joy! Or...she might try this idea. Throw the cubes in a blender with some Baileys for a chilly pumpkin spice cocktail. 



Experiment at will and...



Drink with fall joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


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20 comments:

  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte sounds so good right now! Yummy...

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    1. I'm working on "tastable" photos right now, Jen. That way we can all enjoy them together!

      ~ Cleo

      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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    2. What a wonderful treat for the Holidays! Sounds Wonderful! May I say Thank You from Kansas City for the Congrats! It was an amazing year and I can't wait for spring training to begin. The best to the NY Mets for the 2016 season!

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  2. Yum...and look at all those lovely books! Congratulations on #15!

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    1. Patricia, thanks for the shout-out on the new Coffeehouse Mystery. It's hard to believe we're at book fifteen in the series. Marc and I are already starting the sixteenth entry, but that's another story (literally)!

      ~ Cleo

      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  3. Thank you for this and the review on the books
    Penney

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    1. Thank you, Penney, for stopping by! Have a great autumn.

      ~ Cleo

      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  4. Tis the season...for pumpkin!
    And you use the real deal! Impressive.

    Longing for another dose of Jack!!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Libby. It helped that we had a little pumpkin left over from Halloween. And speaking of that spooky holiday, Jack says "Boo!" And I promise he'll be back soon. (He won't stop haunting us.)

      ~ Cleo

      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  5. This sounds better than Starbucks, thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Grandma. The best thing about this recipe is that you can make the latte your way.In my case, that's tons of extra whipped cream, heavy on the vanilla, and two cinnamon sticks!

      ~ Cleo

      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  6. I am definitely trying this. Yum!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Krista. I'll be sipping mine after making your delicious pumpkin tartlets from your post yesterday.

      Have a good week.

      ~ Cleo

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  7. Hi Cleo! I think I'm the only one on the planet who doesn't like PSLs, but I'm going to print this out and make it for my husband who will be most appreciative - thanks for posting! :-)

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    1. Don’t judge so quickly, Nicole. Many places use “pumpkin spice” syrup instead of real pumpkin and spice. The result is an artificial taste. Take a sip of the one you are whipping up for your husband and you might change your mind. Either way, have a great fall.

      ~ Cleo

      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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    2. Thanks, Cleo, I'm going to take your word for it and give it a try! :-)

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  8. I've been trying to do it at home, lowering the cost and calories. This looks great, and the addition of the pumpkin puree should make it a bit healthier. (Maybe only a tiny bit ) Will definitely try this soon. And, a big thanks for the shout out to our beloved Kansas City Royals. Steph

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    1. Steph, I hope you enjoy the recipe. And Major League congratulations to the Royals on their victory. They played like champions--but we still love our Mets. .

      ~ Cleo

      Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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  9. Wow! Delicious, delightful and decadent. Thanks for this, Cleo.

    Hugs.

    MJ

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    1. Mary Jane - Extra whipped cream for me...counting calories starts again on January 1...until Valentine's Day, that is. :) Thanks for stopping by, MJ, enjoy the glorious autumn!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter
      www.CleoCoyleRecipes.com

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