Date Night Dishes...
Breakfast In Bed

Avoid the busy coffee shops and your weekend chores by spending your morning enjoying breakfast in bed with your sweetie. This fall favorite goes perfectly with a full serving of cuddle time.

Pumpkin spice latte

Who says date night has to be at night? Plan your next date night in the morning and include a full spread of breakfast in bed. Perhaps you can even talk your man into doing the cooking. Think crepes, fresh fruit, mimosas, crispy bacon...need I go on? I long for a fancy Sunday brunch just about every day, so why not create your own version in the comfort of your pajamas? From Eggs Benedict to quiche, there are several options that are as easy to make as they are decadent. After breakfast, plan to stay in bed, watch movies and snuggle up all day long. Don't let thoughts of laundry or dirty kitchen floors sneak into your mind. Commit your next Saturday morning to a romantic date.

Of course, no breakfast would be complete without coffee, and this time of year it's all about the pumpkin lattes. I'll let you in on a little secret the coffee shops don't want you to know -- you can make pumpkin lattes all year long. For the cost of one venti, no whip, extra foam latte, you can make a whole season's worth of pumpkin spice syrup to flavor your coffee every day of the week.

Pumpkin spice latte

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/16 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Espresso or coffee
  • Cream or milk

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil, reduce heat and add sugar. Stir until it is dissolved. Add in remaining ingredients and continue to heat the mixture for a few minutes until everything has had a chance to combine. Try not to let the mixture come to a boil.
  2. Strain the mixture through a coffee filter.
  3. To make a latte, add 3 tablespoons of the syrup to 2 shots of espresso and steamed milk. You can also add it to coffee, or if you are really adventurous, make a cocktail out of it.

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Comments on "Pumpkin spice latte"

Euhill November 03, 2012 | 8:21 AM

Tammy, it is probably the sugar that is giving you problems. Sugar tends to gum up paper coffee filters. This recipe might work better in one of those siphon coffee makers as it has a metal coffee filter.

Alicia October 19, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Hey Ash- I do keep mine refrigerated and it will last a few weeks if you keep it cold. Glad you liked it!

ash October 14, 2012 | 12:18 PM

i made this, and didnt strain it. soooo sooo good. i added 3 tbs of it to a french roast coffee and put a little non fat milk.. tastes wonderful. Does it need to be refrigerated or no? and how long does it last? (though i doubt it will be around for long

Nick Esquer January 26, 2012 | 8:38 AM

It's great to see a homemade alternative to Starbucks. Perfect autumn drink.

April December 01, 2011 | 4:46 PM

This looks good, the only bad thing about the starbucks pumpkin sauce is that it has lots of unnatural ingredients.

Tammy October 04, 2011 | 8:18 AM

I am the queen of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice sauce (it is not a syrup), I continue to order it until they no longer have the sauce available. I have tried the DaVinci Pumpkin Pie Sauce and syrup and both were not up to par. I was skeptical when I saw this recipe but thought I'd give it a go since I had left over canned pumpkin in the frig. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was really pretty good! I think it reminds me more of Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce syrup, but I think I will try it with a little more pumpkin next time. I also tried to strain it through a coffee filter and a wine strainer and neither worked well so I gave up. So if you want to invest the time, this recipe is worth it! And keep in mind that nothing will ever be exactly like the original, but Starbucks will not sell it to you (I've tried) and ebay sells it for a fortune. Happy drinking!

Shelley September 29, 2011 | 1:32 PM

How long will this keep in the fridge? I'm guessing it can be frozen....

Kitteh September 27, 2011 | 9:28 PM

I love Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes! Soooo good. Can't wait to try this recipe.

chandra ~ oh lovely day September 21, 2011 | 6:40 PM

So excited to finally be able to make my favorite fall beverage, the pumpkin spice latte, all year round and at home. Saves me $4 a pop :) Great recipe!

Renee Kaminski September 21, 2011 | 2:47 PM

Well I re-posted this to R2 site but it wouldn't let me tag you....idk! FB is weird lately...but this is definitely going on my to make list!

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