The season of Pumpkin Spice Everything is upon us, which includes your favorite fall drinks at your local coffee shop. If all those trips to see your local barista are adding up at $5 a pop, check out our tips and tricks to create your own fancy coffee drinks at home for less.
Besides the flavors, there’s one thing that makes seasonal lattes so rich and delicious: frothed milk. If you don’t have a fancy espresso machine with a milk steamer (and who does?), just put a half cup of milk in a mason jar and shake it hard for about 30 seconds. Then take off the lid, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds and pour it into your cup of coffee. Ouila, instant latte!
SPICE IT UP
Look to your spice rack for autumnal inspiration! Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, or for a hit of heat, add a dash of chili powder. If you have a bottle of pumpkin pie spice—a blend of cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg and allspice—leftover from Thanksgiving, try stirring in a teaspoon to make your own pumpkin spice latte.
Some of the sweetest seasonal coffees are inspired by candy store favorites. To make a salted caramel coffee, swirl in caramel syrup and sprinkle with sea salt. For a maple-toffee latte, add a tablespoon of maple syrup and a sprinkle of crushed toffee candy.
Ever heard of a dirty chai? It’s the best of the coffee and tea worlds: a chai tea latte with a shot of espresso. To make an easy copycat version at home, pick up a carton of chai tea concentrate at the grocery store (Tazo, Oregon Chai and Pacific are popular brands that make it) and mix to taste with coffee and frothed milk. The spicy flavors of the chai—cardamom, cinnamon and peppercorn—create the perfect cool-weather sipper.