The evil genius also known as the Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned to Starbucks for the fall.

Why evil genius? Because this seasonal favorite is delicious (well, duh!) but also costly in terms of budget and calories.

Why not save on both by making it at home?

I recently tried to re-create this in my kitchen, using some creative experimentation, and discovered I could make my own version for about a dime a cup (That's right! A mere 10 cents!). Evil genius? Yes, indeed!


How to make your own pumpkin spice latte

Gather these items:

  • An empty spice container, clean and dried
  • An instant coffee packet
  • White granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Whipping cream (optional)
  • 6 oz. hot water
  • 2 oz. milk

Mix together:

  1. Mix four parts white granulated sugar to one part each of the following: cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Place into an empty spice container.
  2. In a coffee mug, heat 6 oz. of water until hot. Add 1 package instant coffee. Add 2 oz. milk. Blend well.
  3. Sprinkle about 1/8 – ¼ tsp. of the sugar/spice mixture atop the liquid in the mug. Mix. Add additional granulated sugar to taste.
  4. Garnish with whipping cream, and sprinkle with additional nutmeg, if desired.

What I like is that I keep all these ingredients on hand in my pantry and fridge, so I can satisfy my craving for Starbucks-like pumpkin spice coffee anytime! Also, this recipe makes good use of instant coffee single serving packages, which can often be scored for pennies apiece with coupons. For example, the 25 cents off any Folgers product coupon from the Red Plum insert can be used on a 7-pack single-serving box, which retails for around 99 cents. If your store doubles coupons, each packet will only cost 7 cents! Click here for other Folgers, Tasters Choice, Nescafe, and Starbucks VIA printable coupons.

While it's not exactly the Starbucks experience, the dollars I save by making a pumpkin spice drink at home several times a week can be accumulated for other Starbucks splurges later. Cheers!

This is a guest post by Audrey in Texas. 
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