So we have all been rushing to Starbucks to get in on the fall drink menu, but the addiction can get a little pricey. Here are some recipes to make your own festive cup at home to save some money.
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Makes 1-2 Servings
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin OR 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute – you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don’t have an espresso machine.)
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry about it – just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.
Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.
Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.
2. Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino
Makes 1 Serving
1 cup very strong coffee, chilled
1-1/2 cups ice
Milk or cream, to taste
Sugar, to taste
1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum
Whipped cream, for garnish
Salted caramel sauce
Bittersweet chocolate sauce
Combine the coffee, ice, milk, sugar, and xanthan gum in a Vitamix or blender jar. Blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream, salted caramel sauce, and bittersweet chocolate sauce.
What are your favorite fall drinks? Share them with us in a comment!