Pumpkin-Spiced Irish Coffee
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Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Pumpkin-Spiced Irish Coffee

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 to 4 drinks
Unless I can basically put a wedge of pumpkin pie from my Thanksgiving leftovers into the blender and stir it into hot coffee, it’s likely not "pumpkin spice" enough for me! I took the heart of my pie filling recipe and converted it into a mix I keep in the fridge. I just spoon a few tablespoons into a cup with searing hot coffee and foamed hot milk for a latte that feels homemade and has such a clear, deep flavor.


Pumpkin Spice Mix:


  1. If the pumpkin spice mixture is not warm, heat it in a small saucepan or microwave. In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat, whisking as it heats, until it simmers and becomes foamy, 3 to 4 minutes. (Alternatively, microwave the milk until it’s hot and then whisk.) Add the warm pumpkin spice mixture into the warm milk and continue to whisk until frothy.
  2. To serve, divide the hot coffee and whiskey between two tall heat-resistant glasses or mugs. Divide and stir the pumpkin-milk mixture into the glasses, stirring to keep the foam up, until smooth. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.

Pumpkin Spice Mix:

Yield: 3 cups
  1. Make the pumpkin mix: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, sugar, molasses, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. If not using immediately, transfer to a storage container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.