You know it's Fall when Starbucks starts serving pumpkin spice lattes, aka heaven in a cup! Yesterday I had the biggest urge to have a PSL, but since it's actually only Fall in my own head, I knew I couldn't just go out and buy one. I frantically googled when Starbucks would be bringing it back, and it donned on me that I should just try making my own (I'm a genius, yes?). So, I found a great recipe, realized I already had most of the ingredients, and made a pumpkin spice! I'm not going to lie to you, I was sweating bullets while drinking it. It's still really hot out, and drinking a hot beverage probably wasn't the best idea. Was it worth it? Totally. Will I do it again? No. Seriously way too hot still. That's when I decided I didn't need to sacrifice my favorite drink of the season (a season that hasn't actually started, mind you). Instead, I made another batch and spread it throughout an ice cube tray and Pumpkin Spice Latte ice cubes were born!
-1 cup of milk, divided
-1 tablespoon of white sugar
-1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
-1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-1/4 cup of brewed espresso
I used this recipe to make a pumpkin spice latte. The gist of it is:
-Combine half a cup of milk, sugar, pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, + the vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and add in the rest of the milk.
-Add espresso and whisk for another minute or so. The recipe says to wait till it's foamy, but I was going to freeze it anyway and really, I didn't have the patience to wait around and watch it foam!
If you live somewhere were it's actually cold right now, say Australia or something, stop here. Enjoy your yummy pumpkin spice latte! If you live somewhere like California, where we just like to pretend it gets cold from time to time but really it's always in the 80s, go on and evenly spread your PSL into an ice cube tray. Let it sit in the freezer for about an hour or until thoroughly frozen.
Are you a fan of the pumpkin spice latte? What are you most excited about for Fall??