I heard this joke the other day and had to giggle:
If you say “Pumpkin Spice” three times in front of the mirror, a suburban white girl in boots will show up and tell you everything she loves about fall.
I’M THAT GIRL! I love fall. I love boots. And I love Pumpkin Spice.
I love Pumpkin Spice, but I just don’t love that it’s now synonymous with sugar bombs and artificial ingredients. To be fair, Starbucks did announce they are putting actual pumpkin in Pumpkin Spice Lattes this year. Although Pumpkin Pie Spice doesn’t actually have pumpkin in it- just a fantastic enough blend to make you think it does.
A couple years ago, as a former #PSL (the way the cool kids say Pumpkin Spiced Latte) addict, I was shocked to taste my first #PSL of the season and find that it was too sweet. Like- getting punched in the face with sugar cane too sweet. I figured the barista made a mistake and put in twice the sugar. Convinced it was a fluke, I had another. Still no bueno. I came to the traumatic realization that I just can’t handle the sweetness anymore.
Pumpkin Spiced Butter Coffee
For the past week or so here in the Midwest, there has been just enough crisp in the air to make me BELIEVE that fall is here. And since it wasn’t quite cool enough to wear boots, I opted to whip up my own version of a warm pumpkin spiced drink.
Fair warning on this, though- It’s NOT sweet. The Pumpkin Spice ads a hint of sweetness, but I would call it rich and savory more than anything. And also- I’d call it insanely easy. There are definitely more coffeehouse accurate versions out there, but *sigh.* Who has the time?
[recipename]Pumpkin Spiced Butter Coffee[/recipename]
1/8 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (You can buy it or make your own)[/ingredient]
[ingredient]1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract (I don’t love a ton of vanilla, but if you do, add more!) [/ingredient]
[ingredient]1/2 Tablespoon Unsalted Kerrygold butter (if you’re on the Paleo train, sub 1 tablespoon coconut milk) [/ingredient]
[ingredient]8 oz hot coffee [/ingredient]
Combine all ingredients and blend. Savor immediately. Well… not too immediately. That coffee is hot, remember?[instructions]
What are your favorite #PSL alternatives?