Drinking the full-of-health espresso shots or just plain black coffee has become a thing of the past with the majority of the coffee-drinking population preferring to indulge in cups of flavored coffee drinks like Peppermint mocha, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, Caramel brulée latte and more.
Table of Content:
1. Pumpkin spice latte
2. How to make a pumpkin spice latte at home
3. List of some of the most popular flavored coffee drinks
Reputed brands are looking to cash in on this trend with the introduction of flavored coffee beans in the market.
But it is advised to completely avoid these flavored coffee beans as their preparation and quality leaves a lot to be desired.
For instance, the preparation of flavored coffee beans involves roasting the coffee beans and then coating them with artificial flavoring substances in a mixer.
Predominantly, the coffee beans used are of the cheap nature and poor quality as the strong fragrances added to them completely mask the unpleasant natural flavor that you would expect of them.
Also, many of the coffee shops that serve flavored coffee drinks use artificially flavored syrups that contain harmful ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.
Along with HFCS, preservatives like sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate are a mainstay in these syrups, which when consumed in large quantities can prove to be toxic.
So it’s recommended to stay away from both flavored coffee beans & store-bought flavored coffee and instead opt to prepare your own flavored coffee drinks at home by making use of good quality coffee beans and spices.
And if you are worried about the taste and flavor, then it’s not something to be worried about as you can prepare an identical cup of store-bought coffee at home by following just a few simple steps.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a lowdown on arguably the most popular coffee drink that has become an obsession for millions of Americans, followed by a recipe to make it yourself at home.
Pumpkin spice latte
Referring to the Starbucks ‘Pumpkin Spice Latte’ as just a popular coffee drink would be quite an understatement.
To say the least, Pumpkin spice latte is a rage among Americans with everything about it – the aroma, flavor, and taste having enraptured the coffee-loving American masses for around a decade and a half.
This immense popularity is evident by the fact that the PSL is the most popular seasonal beverage of Starbucks, accounting for more than 200 million sales between its introduction in 2003 to the year 2015.
The ingredients that make up this extraordinary coffee drink are the traditional fall spice flavors (cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg), espresso, and steamed milk along with toppings in the form of whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
Also since 2015, Starbucks has started adding a small amount of pumpkin puree to it.
The big downside with the Pumpkin Spice Latte is that it is heavy on the wallet and has the potential to mess up with your budget.
Moreover, it is only available on a seasonal basis (September-December).
Thus, preparing your own homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is not only a great way to save precious bucks but also you can prepare and enjoy it at any time of the year, whenever you want.
Additionally, you can control the portions of the various ingredients like sugar, vanilla extract, etc. according to your liking, thus helping boost the healthfulness of the savory drink.
How to make a pumpkin spice latte at home
For preparing your own homemade pumpkin spice latte, you would need the following ingredients:
- 1½ tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- ½ tablespoon pumpkin pie spice plus a little for garnishing
- ½ cup brewed coffee (preferably strong)
- ½ cup milk of your choice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup whipped cream
After you’ve got your ingredients ready, it’s time to get on with the real stuff.
Here’s the simple 4-step procedure for preparing a cupful of delectable and mouthwatering pumpkin spice latte!
- In a saucepan, whisk brewed coffee, milk, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract over low heat.
- Keep stirring until the ingredients come to a boil.
- Remove from heat and pour the mixture in a cup.
- Top it with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
If the final prepared mixture has lumps of pumpkin pulp in it, then blend the mixture with a blender or pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to get rid of the pulp.
- If you want a substitute for the pumpkin pie spice, then you can use a mixture of ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.
- You can also substitute whole milk with 2% or skim milk.
- If you want to get rid of the added sugar, then you can use any of the various sugar substitutes available in the market like honey, stevia, etc.
List of some of the most popular flavored coffee drinks:
- Caramel Macchiato
- French vanilla
- Peppermint Mocha
- Caramel brulée.
- Amaretto almond
- Bavarian chocolate
- Chocolate mint
- Cinnamon cream
- English Toffee
- French vanilla
- Irish cream
- Raspberry chocolate
- Swiss mocha almond
- Viennese cinnamon