I have an announcement to make. I took a sip of my very first PSL yesterday. It was delicious and divine and nearly $5! Thankfully, I had a free drink so I wasn't set back...this time at least. Seasonal coffee drinks are comforting, nostalgic and straight up delicious. But unless you get them once in a while for a treat, they start to add up. Always one to save money where I can, these cravings have inspired me to come up with my own seasonal drinks at home. Nothing will ever replace a holiday designed cup holding a potent peppermint mocha but what these drinks all have in common is: 1) they'll cost a fraction of the price and 2) you don't have to go anywhere but your kitchen. The perfect solution to those frigid wet days.
The first of our seasonal coffee recipes is simple and easy to whip up. It's probably the least involved of all the recipes but is delicious just the same. Our Fall Spice Latte is warmed milk with a cinnamon stick and a few spices. Pour it over coffee or a shot of espresso for a quick morning pick-me-up. You can compare it to the Cinnamon Dolce Latte at Starbucks but with a little more spice. The warm flavors give you that fall flavor but because it's essentially just heated milk, it's not so heavy or involved per se. It's also a great start to break into the seasonal coffee mold. Best of all, it's not overtly sweet. I add a touch of agave nectar for the final touch but unlike drinks at coffee shops, the sugar content is low. In other words, the calorie content depends on your choice of milk.
FALL SPICE LATTE
1 cup milk
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg and allspice
1 cup Strongly Brewed Coffee or 1 shop Espresso
1 tbsp. Agave Nectar
1. Whisk milk in a small saucepan over medium heat with cinnamon stick and spices. Whisking the milk while it heats will prevent it from burning and give it a little frothiness.
2. Brew coffee or espresso and pour into a mug. Add spiced milk and agave nectar. Use the cinnamon stick to stir and add extra spice. Enjoy!