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Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

Every October millions of Americans empty their wallets onto the counters of a certain gourmet coffee shop, for a sip of a beloved autumn beverage called the Pumpkin Spice Latte. But with a little effort and planning, you can make this famous drink yourself, for under $1 per cup.

The reason I say planning is because you must make the pumpkin spice simple syrup in advance – that’s where the flavor comes from. But the good news is that after you make the syrup, it will keep in your refrigerator for about a month. Enough time for you to enjoy several Pumpkin Spice Lattes, until they come around on the calendar next year.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

For the syrup, mix 2 cups water, 2 cups granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 1/3 cup canned pumpkin in a saucepan, and heat gently on the stove until sugar is dissolved and flavors are blended. Let cool and strain into a jar, removing cinnamon sticks. Makes about 4- cups.

To prepare Pumpkin Spice Latte, heat 1 cup milk or half and half in a saucepan or microwave. Place in a blender and whip until frothy. Brew ½ cup of espresso coffee and pour into a large coffee mug. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the simple syrup to the coffee and top with the hot milk. Stir before serving.