DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 2 pumpkin spice lattes
The surest sign that fall has arrived is the sudden nationwide freak-out over the return of the pumpkin spice latte. The espresso-based drink was created by Starbucks but is now available at almost every major coffee chain, plus gas stations and fast-food restaurants and even in pods for home coffee makers. During high season, fans post nearly 3,000 tweets a day about their love for the so-called “PSL”— and their despair when the drink disappears. Food Network Kitchen chefs created this version with real pumpkin.


  1. Combine 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon vanilla, a heaping 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon and ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg in a small saucepan. Whisk in 2 1/4 cups milk and 1/4 cup espresso (or strong brewed coffee) and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Pour into 2 mugs and top with whipped cream and more nutmeg.