Growing up, I ate a lot of pumpkin curry – sometimes non-vegetarian and sometimes pure vegetarian. Mom would always keep a little extra curry for me knowing that it’s my favorite vegetable and she still does the same. There is something about that dark orange shade; the sweetness and the creamy texture that makes me go for it as soon as my eyes fall on it. Whether you make something savory or sweet, blend it to make a soup or roast it, pumpkin is always very comforting and perfect to warm you up when the weather gets chilly outside.
Pumpkin spiced latte came to me as a surprise since I was not really familiar with the concept. The idea to add pumpkin in coffee was bizarre to me until I took my first sip couple of years back and realized how perfectly it fits the season. The warmth and the flavor sure do make it a complete fall drink. And this year, we are treating ourselves with a lot of homemade pumpkin spiced latte.
I won’t compare my homemade latte with the Starbucks latte but when it gets cold outside and all you wish for is to hold a hot cup of flavorful coffee to enjoy the autumn weather, it’s always more easy to mix it at home than walk by or drive to the coffee shop. Plus, I just love how the home smells from freshly grounded coffee.
Making pumpkin spice latte at home is extremely easy if you have pumpkin syrup flavored with pumpkin spice ready in advance. It’s simple and effortless to make the syrup or the spice mix and once the syrup is ready, it can be kept in the refrigerator for weeks. Just brew some coffee, add the syrup, give it a mix and sip!
For the pumpkin spiced syrup
- 1-1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cinnamon sticks or 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon grounded cloves
- 2 to 3 star anise
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg powder
For the latte
- 2 cups strong brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons pumpkin spiced syrup
- To make the syrup, mix all the ingredients listed under syrup and bring it to a boil. Once done, let it simmer at a medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes.
- Switch off the heat and once it cools down to room temperature, you can store it in an airtight jar. It will stay good in the refrigerator for weeks! (This makes about 2 cups of syrup)
- In a saucepan, mix coffee, pumpkin spiced syrup and heat it. Once done, keep it aside.
- To make the latte, pour the milk, half & half and heat it (not boil). Divide it into 4 coffee mugs and using a handy frother, create milk froth on all the cups. You can try with a small whisk if you don't have the frother. It will not create a perfect froth but it will make it airy and create a small layer of froth on top.
- Pour the pumpkin spiced coffee in each of the mugs and if you wish, top it with some whipped cream.
- Dust cinnamon powder on top and sip!
And while it’s the season to indulge, add some whipped cream and drizzle some caramel sauce on top. Dust a little bit of cinnamon powder and enjoy your homemade latte.