Pumpkin Spice Latte


As John Oliver said, we tolerate pumpkin spice because we like fall. Fall is the best season because we get to stop thinking about how weird our legs look in shorts.

007The Huffington Post said pumpkin spice is the gateway drug of autumnal pumpkin edibles.

012I say, it’s amazing how polarizing a coffee beverage can be.


Sure, the whole cast of CSI would be hard pressed to find even trace elements of pumpkin in “pumpkin spice” but who cares?


It’s not like any California grapes were harmed in the production of my last Fanta. And not a Florida orange casualty in a whole vat of Sunny D.

036So I decided to travel 10 feet to my nearest Starbucks to try out the beverage that has 96,000 Twitter followers. About 95,999 more than me. (Thanks mom)

046And the verdict?

053It absolutely does taste like an overpriced yuppie candle.

060Try this version. Made with real pumpkin and way less humiliating.


Pumpkin Spice Latte

This recipe makes 2 servings. Because until they figure out what Pumpkin Spice really is, you probably don’t need any more than that.
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 to 2 shots espresso or about ¼ cup strong coffee
  • ¼ cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form
  1. Heat the pumpkin and spices: In a small saucepan over medium heat cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.
  2. Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.
  3. Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
  4. Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.
  5. Mix the drinks: Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.



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