As fall begins to develop, many seasonal cuisine and beverages are appearing all over the internet and in some restaurants. Starbucks addicts are tweeting and stating how its time for the pumpkin spiced latte, which might simply be the best Starbucks drink ever created. As for me, the only time I swing by a Starbucks is when I’m in the airport or absolutely really need some caffeine. I’m sure the pumpkin latte is as delicious as everyone makes it sound, however I’d rather make my own pumpkin drink at home that’s free of artificial flavorings and refined sugars.
Coffee is not an option in the mornings. I’ve been switching to tea as much as possible. Unfortunately there are still those days when I feel like I need an IV of coffee just to make it through a shift at work. I prefer my coffee black unless the brew is very strong then I will add in a dash of whole milk to soften the bitterness. If I’m going to flavor my coffee with anything its going to be my own flavored creamer from home. Every now and then I’ll get a flavored roast to enjoy. With pumpkin spice this, and apple cinnamon that, I’ve made a seasonal creamer that you need to make and add to your average cup of Joe. Start everyday off delicious!
Total Time: 10 Minutes
-1 Cup Whole MIlk
-1 Cup Heavy Cream
-1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
-4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
-1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Puree (optional)
-Whisk together milk, cream, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice in a medium sauce pot on medium heat.
-When mixture begins to steam, remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
-Strain through a fine mesh sieve, pour into a glass jar or bottle, let cool and store in the refrigerator.