Make It At Home: Pumpkin Spice Latte

overhead shot of a latte with cream and cinnamon, with a white plate underneath
As autumn settles in, the temperatures will continue to drop, and the time is right for a seasonal favorite–the pumpkin spice latte. You don’t have to stand in line at a coffee shop the next time you want this treat, as you can make your own at home. Try out these recipes for the perfect pumpkin spice latte, plus some other fantastic fall drinks!

A Seasonal Classic

While there are now numerous takes on this fall-weather favorite, the most standard version features a relaxing blend of espresso, cream, and the traditional pumpkin pie spices. This recipe by Food Network splits the proper preparation into two simple steps, and they suggest a couple of tablespoons of pure pumpkin puree to lend it a true autumn aroma and delightfully unique consistency. A little sugar will sweeten the blend, while just a few drops of real vanilla extract can go a long way to enhance the flavor.

Salted Caramel Latte

You won’t need to add any sugar to the salted caramel latte, which features a rich caramel sauce both in the drink and poured over the whipped cream on top. If you still want to sweeten the drink, you can try a mocha-like variation with the addition of cocoa powder. The pinch of salt around the rim will bring some balance to the saccharine ingredients, and it will even serve to highlight the accents of their individual flavors.

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

If you want a hot and soothing drink but aren’t in the mood for a strong coffee taste, the vanilla chai tea latte delivers all the creamy comfort you need without that bold roasted flavor. You’ll find a wonderful blend of spices in chai tea, from the seasonal favorite cinnamon to a diverse cast of others like ginger, fennel, star anise, and coriander. They all work together with the vanilla for a wonderfully welcoming aroma, and the finished product is sure to warm you up even as the weather continues to cool outside.

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