So yesterday I was feelin a little left out with all this Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte business (since it’s not vegan apparently even when you ask for soy – moo milk in the pumpkin syrup is what I’m told) so I started googling some recipes – they call for pumpkin spice. Off to the store!
Well, I get to the store and a jar of pumpkin pie spice the size of a ping pong ball is no less than $5.89. Wtf!?!?! Seriously? But, since I was feeling left out, I thought oh well, I’ll rarely use it and it will last forever. About 0.76 seconds before I was to walk towards the never ending racket of “bings” at the checkout counters I decided to look at the back of the jar to investigate what is in this stuff that makes it so darn pricey.
Wait for it….. Cinnamon. Ginger. Nutmeg. Allspice. Yep, that’s it! Needless to say I put the exceedingly overpriced, ping pong ball size jar of spice back on the shelf. “Riddikulus,” I say to myself, “I’ll just make my own.”
I’ve yet to create my homemade pumpkin spice latte, when I do I’ll post it, but if you’re in the market for all things pumpkiny and don’t feel the need, or have the excess cash, to spend a stupid amount of money on an itsy bitsy jar of spice, the proportions below should do the trick.
Pumpkin Spice Recipe
- 4 parts ground cinnamon
- 2 parts ground ginger
- 1 part allspice
- 1 part nutmeg
Mix and be merry!
Update 09/15/09: Regarding this pumpkin spice latte, I’m not so sure you need the spice. I’ve made three different pumpkin lattes in the last couple days and the one I’ve liked the most was simply espresso, soy milk, canned pumpkin, and sugar. So here’s my advice for a homemade pumpkin latte:
- 2 shots espresso
- 1/2 C soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1-2 T canned pumpkin
- 1 T sweetener (sugar, agave, etc.)
Mix the pumpkin with the milk prior to steaming it. Steam your pumpkin milk, pull your shots, throw it all together and sip it with a smile knowing that you didn’t spend $3.95 for it. You want some spice? Ok, but I wouldn’t put more than a sprinkle or two in it, and definitely not more than 1/8 tsp (unless you use more milk).