Drinks

Easy Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

IMG_0436I know it’s still mid August, but I am already transitioning to fall time lol. The weather is finally cooling down, the leaves are starting to change color, my son starts school in a week, and everything is beginning to feel like fall. To me, nothing says fall more then a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte… so this beautiful Saturday morning, I decided to make these for my hubby and I to enjoy. It was super easy, and instead of paying $5/cup it will cost you about that much to buy everything you need to make these all season long. Of course, the taste is way more superior too! I have tried making this drink before and couldn’t get the right proportion of ingredients but today it literally turned out perfect! Even my 5 year old liked it and he doesn’t like coffee beverages. My hubby said he couldn’t tell the difference between this pumpkin spice latte or the ones we get at Starbucks (Score! Lol) and like me, he was excited to get to enjoy this beverage now since it’s seasonal and Starbucks doesn’t even have these yet! The best part about this home made, pumpkin spice latte is that I use simple ingredients that you can find anywhere and you don’t need any fancy espresso/coffee machines.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Brewed Coffee (I used Starbucks, Blonde roast)
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Purée (Or Can of 100% pure pumpkin, for a pie filling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (And more to sprinkle on top of latte)
  • Whipped Cream (Optional, to top)

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1) Brew fresh coffee. Any coffee would work, but I used Starbucks blonde roast.

2) In a small container, mix together the pumpkin purée, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice until well blended together.

3) In a small sauce pan, combine cold milk, coffee, and pumpkin purée mixture. Mix well and set on Medium heat, occasionally stirring until it almost boils and comes to a simmer.

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4) When it starts to simmer, turn stove off but keep on the burner until ready to serve so it stays hot. Then pour into individual cups. Optionally add whipped cream on top and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice to decorate. Enjoy!!!

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Note: I made 3 times as much because my hubby and I both had big mugs. I couldn’t get enough of this deliciousness!!!

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Shirley Temple Drink

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This drink is called the Shirley Temple and it is amazing!!! I got the idea to make this drink from when we first tried it in Olive Garden and really liked it, we got like 3 refills! Lol. I looked through several recipes on pinterest but none of them tasted exactly like the one I had at Olive Garden, But after many different “experiments” I am happy to say that this is as close as it can get, if not better! My family is not big on soda and we try not to drink much of it, just every once in a while, but still sometimes plain old soda gets so boring and this is definitely a great way to change it up! With the mixed sodas and maraschino cherries this drink is the perfect refreshing treat for a hot summer day. It is perfect for parties as you can make a big batch of it and it is pretty cheap to make too.

Shirley Temple Drink

Ingredients:

  • 1 (2 Liter)Ginger Ale Soda
  • 1 (2 Liter) 7 UP Soda
  • 1 container of Maraschino Cherries
  • 1 Bottle Grenadine Syrup (I used Rose’s Grenadine Syrup)
  • Ice

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Directions:

1) Take a big punch container or pot, Pour in the whole bottle of Ginger Ale, then Pour in the whole bottle of 7 UP. Mix well.

2) Pour in a few Tablespoons of Grenadine syrup, according to your taste and depending on how sweet you want the drink to be. The Grenadine Syrup serves more as a color enhancer but does give the drink a particular taste. So do add it as it is an important ingredient, just don’t add too much of it if you don’t want your drink to be too sweet!

3) Add in all the Maraschino Cherries. Mix everything very well, and add ice according to your preferences. I like a lot of ice in my drinks! Decorate as you wish. For parties I sometimes put real cherries around the punch bowl to decorate, or stick Hawaiian umbrellas in each cup with some pretty straws. This is cool because you can make it match the theme of your occasion.

* If you do not want to make such a large batch, but just a few drinks, you can most certainly do that. For example for 1 CUP, I do, 1/2 cup of Ginger Ale. 1/2 cup of 7 UP. 1 teaspoon of Grenadine, and 2-3 maraschino cherries.*   

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