Pumpkin Spice Latte

On days when the weather is decent I prefer walking to and from work. It’s about 2 miles each way and the fresh air feels nice when you’re cooped up all day. Plus, I consider this my daily exercise…which in all honesty…I need more! The only problem is…I pass no less than 6 Starbucks on my way, including 1 in my building. It takes all my willpower not to spend $$ everyday on bux.

I’ve seen other bloggers make DIY Pumpkin Spice Lattes and of course I really wanted to try too! Kara and I put it on our to-do list this past weekend and I am sooo impressed with the results. I love being able to control exactly what goes into my food/drinks too, I chose the amount of syrup, the amount of coffee and the amount of hot milk and froth. It was exactly what I had hoped!

Even better, I saw Nikki from Pennies on a Platter make her own froth…and since I don’t have a fancy frothing machine…I was equally excited to try this technique. The last thing I wanted to do was top my coffee with whipped cream and immediately feel guilty about it! This DIY froth is definitely a good alternative for those of us that don’t have the luxury of a steamer at home.

Everything came together perfectly with our Pumpkin Spice Latte. The pumpkin spice syrup is delicious and currently sitting in my fridge for coffee every morning, and the froth makes my latte that much more decadent. I really do feel like I’m drinking the $5 ones I fell in love with. Next up for me is a DIY Gingerbread Latte…my favorite seasonal drink. :)

Here’s what you’ll need…also grab a mason jar

To the simple syrup add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

Transfer the pumpkin syrup to a container to store. Actually pour it through a fine mesh strainer at this step.

Pour milk in a mason jar, about halfway, and shake 30 secs. Take off lid and pop in microwave for 30 secs

To a mug, add hot coffee and a few tablespoons of pumpkin syrup…to taste

Then add the hot milk…

And the milk froth on top. Drizzle with dulce de leche if desired.

I loved this pumpkin spice latte! And sooo happy about this DIY! 🙂