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The change of seasons means three things: It’s time to haul your warmer clothing out of storage; the leaves turn glorious shades of red, orange and yellow; and we welcome the “PSL” with open arms (and mouths). What’s a PSL, you ask? Fans of a certain Seattle-based coffee shop know it by it’s given name, the pumpkin-spice latte. But instead of heading out, lining up, watching your name be scrawled (incorrectly) on a cup and than having to wait while 14 people ahead of you are served first, you can make your very own PSL right at home without a fancy machine or breaking the bank.

What you need

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin-pie mix
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso (brewed)
  • whipped cream (optional, but suggested)

What you do

  1. Over medium heat, combine milk, canned pumpkin-pie mix and sugar, stirring constantly until it starts to steam. The pumpkin pie-mix will give the drink a sweeter taste and more robust flavour, but if you’re looking for something less sweet, substitute the mix for solid-packed pumpkin instead.
  2. Once steam starts to form, remove the post form the heat and stir in the vanilla and pumpkin-pie spice.
  3. Transfer the entire drink to a blender and set it to high. The blender will add that airy quality that makes the original PSL so delicious. No blender? No problem: Pour the entire mixture into a bowl and whip it with a wire whisk (bonus: you’ll burn some calories and work out your arm!)
  4. Divide the blended milk into to large mugs and pour hot coffee or espresso on top. You’ll want to pour in the coffee gently from the side and try to preserve the foam in the milk.
  5. No pumpkin-spice latte is complete without a (not so) healthy dollop of whipped cream on top, sprinkled with a pit of pie spice. Sip and enjoy!

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