It's the ultimate fall conundrum: how to drink as many pumpkin spice lattes as possible without breaking the bank. Luckily, the ladies over at Good Housekeeping have our backs with a spot-on copycat recipe that clocks in significantly cheaper than the Starbucks version - we're talking 10 homemade versions for the price of one store-bought (40 cents compared to $4).
Try Good Housekeeping's easy at-home pumpkin spice latte here:
COPYCAT PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
MAKES: 4 cups syrup (32 to 64 lattes)
FOR THE SYRUP
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
FOR THE LATTE
8 ounces whole milk
4 ounces strong brewed coffee or espresso
Whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, for garnish (optional)
1. Prepare the syrup: Bring the sugar and 2 cups water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking, until the sugar dissolves. Add the cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin. Simmer, whisking occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Set aside 5 minutes, then strain twice through a fine-mesh strainer into an airtight container. Refrigerate until cool. Store in the refrigerator for about 1 month. You'll end up with about 4 cups total.
2. For each latte: Microwave the milk on High about 1 minute or until very hot. (Transfer to a blender and blend 20 seconds for extra frothy milk, if desired.) Put 1 to 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup in the bottom of a mug. Top with the coffee and warm milk. Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, if desired.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Good Housekeeping.