Ah, fall, the season of crisp leaves, cozy sweaters and long lines at Starbucks. The coffee chain is many people’s first stop at the end of summer, but it’s not the only place to get a pumpkin spice latte. With just a few simple steps, you can whip up your own version of the seasonal drink at home without changing from pajamas to flannel.
According to this recipe Food Network, a homemade PSL contains many ingredients that you probably already have on your baking shelf. Start by brewing a quarter cup of hot espresso or strong coffee and setting it aside. Next, add 1 cup milk, 1 tbsp sugar, 0.25 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 0.25 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 tbsp pumpkin puree in a microwave-safe bowl.
After covering the bowl with plastic wrap and punching a small hole in it to allow steam to escape, microwave the container for 1-2 minutes. When the mixture is hot, stir it vigorously for about 30 seconds to make it light and fluffy.
Now is the time to show off your barista skills. Assemble your drink by pouring the espresso into a large cup. Top it with the frothed milk and finish with a dollop of whipped cream and an extra sprinkle of pumpkin spice.
Beyond the classic pie, a latte may be the most popular vehicle for pumpkin spice dressing. If you’d rather eat your fall flavors than drink them, there are plenty of pumpkin pie recipes online, including one that dates back to 1796.
[h/t Food Network]