Back in early September when Starbucks released their crowd pleasing seasonal favorite hot beverage of the pumpkin spiced latte, all females went crazy. Facebook and other social media sites were blowing up with pictures and statuses of how this beverage was finally back! There’s many memes floating around on the internet of the yoga pants and uggs wearing white girls who the pumpkin spiced latte supposedly markets too; It’s funny because it’s true.
I had never before had this drink and very rarely go to Starbucks because I believe they are extremely over priced and all their drinks are made from highly processed syrups and God knows what else. I would rather spend my dollar else where at a local coffee shop who practices sustainability and puts forth effort into making a refined cup of coffee or cold beverage. It was a brisk early fall afternoon and my best girlfriend and I were getting ready to go for a walk around a local park. I wanted to grab a cup of something hot to keep me awake and moving for the walk. I decided I wanted to try this latte and see what all the hype was about. Result: disgusting. I didn’t like this drink one bit. I thought it was a waste of $7.00 and I was so disappointed that I couldn’t even finish the drink. Which brings me to this question: What is wrong with you women who obsess over this drink? Its awful!
About 2 years ago I shared a recipe for a refined sugar free and real food alternative to the store brought pumpkin flavored creamer in my post of Pumpkin spiced creamer to add into your coffee for extra flavor. I basically took the recipe for that creamer and reheated it back on the stove and added it to my morning cup of coffee.
Mise en Place:
–Pumpkin Spiced Creamer (This can be made in advance)
-Fresh pot of freshly brewed coffee
-Immersion stick blender (or vitamix/other powerful blender will work as well)
-Large Spoon (basting spoons work the best)
Method of Prep:
-Brew your coffee as you normally would (In my fresh coffee grounds, I added 1 Teaspoon of ground Allspice pre brewing for additional flavor just for this beverage!)
-In a small sauce pot, heat up about 1 Cups worth of the creamer over medium heat until cream begins to boil.
-Once boiling remove from heat.
-Using an immersion stick or blender of choice, quickly blend the hot milk until it begins to foam. Blend approximately 1 minute or until very frothy.
-Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Using a large spoon, push back the foam/froth and try to get only the hot liquid poured into your cup. Fill to just under the rim.
-Now take your spoon and carefully spoon the foam on top, about 2 spoonfuls.
-Garnish with ground cinnamon.
**Store your made ahead creamer in a tightly sealed mason jar for a few week in the fridge.