Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I realize that there are easier ways to get a pumpkin spice latte than making one yourself from scratch. I'm not exactly known for doing things the easy way, and I am both too cheap and too lazy to drive to Starbucks to get one of their pumpkin spice lattes, so here is my alternative version. It's not as sweet as Starbucks, which I'm sure you could figure out how to remedy if you are so inclined.
1. Along with your coffee beans, grind a bit of whole cinnamon, a few whole cloves, and some nutmeg. Or add ground versions of all three to your beans before grinding or add them to your already-ground coffee. If I had ginger on hand (I usually do, but not today) I would add it, too. But then I guess it would be more of a gingerbread latte? I suppose you could just use a bit of pumpkin pie spice, also something my spice drawer is missing today.
2. Make espresso -- I use my stovetop espresso maker similar to this one for almost all of my coffee needs. I suppose if you are a drip or french press person, you could just make extra strong coffee in your regular pot?
3. To half a mug of milk, add a squirt of pure maple syrup and microwave until hot. Yes, PURE maple syrup. Not Mrs. Butterworth's or Log Cabin. Or use sugar if you don't have real maple syrup.
4. Froth your hot milk and maple syrup with something like this.
5. Pour your autumnally-flavored strong coffee or espresso into your hot frothed milk and bask in the glory of your self-sufficiency.