Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday's Coffee Buzz: PSL

All right, ya'll. It's time for me to tell you about the greatest drink that ever existed. In fact, it is so fabulous that I am convinced it should be included in the End-Times Wedding Banquet; therefore my request for such a drink in Heaven is a regular part of my prayer life.

Of course, I jest. But... ya'll... if you have to pick one time of year to splurge on a scrumptrulescent latte, this is it.

It's only available at Starbucks 6 weeks a year - usually mid-September to the first of November (at which time the not-so-scrumtrulescent gingerbread latte takes its place).

And now, introducing, the creamy, comforting, fall-flavored...

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Pumpkin? And coffee? In the same drink?"

For those of you who may doubt my word, allow me to paint you a picture. Imagine beautiful Fall day. The warm sun on your cheek is only countered by the crisp breeze that brushes past your nose. Leaves crunch beneath your feet, and the aroma of fresh-baked pumpkin pie floats on the air. Now, imagine if you can, pouring that perfect fall day into a paper cup and feeling its warmth as you put it up to your lips for your very first sip of Fall.

That, my friends, is the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Think I'm exaggerating? Go to Starbucks. Fork over the four bucks. Close your eyes. And sip (don't gulp) just sip.


If, however, a trip to the local Starbucks is out of the question (or the budget), do not lose hope! There is a substitute that is almost as good...


International Delight Creamer in Pumpkin Pie Spice
(Usually found in the dairy case this time of year)
Smooth, Bold, Dark Roast coffee (Starbucks Sumatra works great)
Whipped cream
Ground cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice (optional)
Cinnamon stick (optional)

Brew coffee as normal (or a little bit stronger if you like a strong coffee taste in your latte).
Place coffee and desired amount of Pumpkin creamer in blender of choice. (I prefer the Magic Bullet.)
Blend on "whip" setting for 20-30 seconds. When blender stops, a nice foam should rise to the top.
Pour into desired cup and top with whipped cream.
Sprinkle ground cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice on top of whipped cream.
Drop in a cinnamon stick and use to stir.

Chances are that you have most of the ingredients in your house, except for the creamer. But a large bottle of that creamer is $4 or so; and it will last you through several scrumptious home-made lattes. (For our budget, I sometimes go with a cheaper coffee to make up for the $4 difference.)

All right, ya'll. I'm really interested to hear what you think. Am I completely off in my description of the PSL? Did you enjoy it as much as I said you would? Did you try the home-made recipe and join me in my prayers for a PSL drink in Heaven? Let your taste buds do the talking!


Debbie C. said...

Yes, the psl is delicious. One of our family favorites. But Starbucks is pricey, so I'm going to try your homemade version. Sounds yummy. Thanks for the recipe. I'll let you know.

Shanda said...

Oh my gracious. I've never been more excited to try a recipe in all my life.

I went to Starbucks today, and DID NOT get one. I was selfless and only purchased a gift card for my BFF who is seeing the baby she birthed turn thirteen today.

Brandy Thixton said...

Shanda, you are a better person than I.

superstarr said...

My vote is that when we go out on our movie night that we stop and get one of these yummies after the flick. Whatcha think?

Debbie said...

I feel the same way about the dulche de luche. I would love a homemade recipe for that!!!! I will have to look to see if they have the creamer in that flavor and just substitute. Thanks for the recipe as Starbucks is rarely in my budget but I LOVE it!!!!

Brandy Thixton said...

debbie... that will be a future post, but to give you a little hint: if you ask REALLY nicely, Starbucks will actually sell you their dulche de luche syrup. =)

Debbie said...

No Way! You are like the Starbuck's ultimate fan! You like know everything there is to know about them! I think they should pay you chick! I MUST have some!!!!!

Kim Heinecke said...

Oh yes, sister. Yes, yes, yes.
Is it wrong to ask the pastor to use pumpkin-spiced latte for communion instead of grape juice? Maybe it's just me...

Brandy Thixton said...

Kim, if it's wrong, then I don't want to be right. =)

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