Showing posts with label Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Show all posts
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

World's Best Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte from Cleo Coyle

Here in New York City, we have a "world's best" for just about everything. For example, we have...

A world’s best cheesecake: Junior's of Brooklyn...  

A world’s best toy store: FAO Schwarz...

A world’s best deli: The Carnegie Deli with The world's largest sandwich...

New York also has the world's best pizza: Ray’s (*)

Cleo Coyle, "world's best"
skeptic and author of The
Coffeehouse Mysteries
*Full disclosure: There are actually dozens of Ray’s Pizzas scattered throughout the city (Famous Ray's, Ray's Original, World-Famous Original Ray's), all suing and counter-suing each other for boasting rights to the "Ray's" moniker so take this one with a grain of salt (or garlic salt).

Here in NYC, you'll also find someone trying to sell you the "world’s best hamburger" and "world's best cup of coffee" on just about every other block, too. You get the idea. And if you don’t, here’s a bit of "world's best" holiday cheer courtesy of a really big Elf...

Here it is!
The World's Best Cup of Coffee!

Okay, so it’s just a marketing ploy. Sue me. (Not really. This is a figure of speech. Also, the Ray's people have tied up most of the lawyers.)

I suppose the following really isn't the World's Best Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe, but it is pretty 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 putting that off until after the New Year (like the rest of us).

Cleo Coyle's
World's Best
Copycat Starbucks
Pumpkin Spice Latte!

No, I don't actually think it's the World's Best. But it's not bad! ~ Cleo

To download a free PDF of this recipe that you can print, save, or share, click here!

Yields: 1 serving


2 teaspoons pumpkin purée (canned is fine)
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (*see my spice note)
1/4 teaspoon 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

Step 1: In an 8-ounce mug combine pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and sugar.

Step 2: Pour the hot espresso (or double-strength coffee) into the mug. Stir well to blend the flavors.

Step 3: 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) then froth with a whisk, hand blender, or electric mixer.

Step 4: 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 and drink with joy.

*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: ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ 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...

Eat (and read) with joy! 
~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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