How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home, Because Starbucks Is Overrated
I know, I know. Enough about the Pumpkin Spice Latte already. But as the great philosopher Miley Cyrus once said, “We can't stop, and we won't stop."
The PSL, for better or for worse, has become more than just a fall staple —it’s a cultural icon. And, like all cultural icons, there are plenty of just-as-good knock-offs to be had without having to get up and go to Starbucks. Looking to get your Pumpkin Spice Latte fix without actually getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte? We've got you covered. Listed in order of difficulty, here are five clever ways to add a little PSL into your life without ever leaving home.
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Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte
The most obvious choice of all is to make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte. It might take a little extra work and some ingredient-hunting, but it’s going to taste that much better (and it already tastes pretty darn good) knowing you made it yourself. Try this recipe from Deliciously Yum.
Difficulty: Moderate. It’s not something I’d do everyday, but boy is it tasty.
Image: Deliciously Yum
Make Your Own PSL Syrup
If crafting your own PSL every morning sounds daunting, I understand. That’s why you need this PSL syrup recipe from A Beautiful Mess. You can whip up a carafe of this sweet stuff and add it to your coffee all week long.
Difficulty: Not bad. Making your own batch of syrup on a Sunday and using it over the next week makes this worth the effort.
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Buy Your Own PSL Syrup
Don’t feel up to making your own PSL syrup? It sounds like you need to add a bottle of Torani’s Pumpkin Spice syrup to your cupboard. One pump in your coffee, and you’re good to go!
Difficulty: Simple enough. Just make sure you don’t get a little too heavy handed with this stuff. There is such a thing as too much pumpkin spice.
Torani PSL Syrup, torani.com
Starbucks Via Ready Brew Pumpkin Spice
Obviously, Starbucks’ name was bound to pop up in a slideshow about PSLs. If you can’t get to a Starbucks every day, pick up their Ready Brew Pumpkin Spice packets. It’s like instant coffee, but better.
Difficulty: Easy. Seriously, you can’t mess this up.
Starbucks Via Ready Brew Pumpkin Spice, $19, amazon.com
Pumpkin Spice K-Cups
If you are a proud owner of a Keurig machine (or have a friend who is a proud owner of a Keurig machine), consider some Pumpkin Spice K-cups from Green Mountain Coffee. They’re kind of perfect for the busy PSL addict.
Difficulty: Set it and forget it!
Pumpkin Spice (24-count), greenmountaincoffee.com