Starbucks, Dunkin’ and all the local cafes have had their pumpkin spice lattes and cinnamon cold brews out for a few weeks now. But it hasn’t really felt like fall until lately with the cloudy days and cool morning breezes. It’s definitely not fall yet, but it’s just around the corner. 

It’s been awhile since the last DIY, so I thought we’d start the new school year with a simple one. Today we are making fall coffees! You don’t need to spend $5+ on a drink or even go out to get one. You can make a gourmet autumnal beverage right in your own kitchen. I have three drinks you can choose from: The classic PSL, a vegan maple iced coffee, and a spicy Mexican mocha. All are easy to make and only require a few ingredients. 

Let’s get started. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

This rendition of the pumpkin spice latte comes from Inspired Taste and uses real ingredients instead of syrups and flavorings. To make, you will need the following: 

2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)

2 tbsp. pumpkin puree

1 to 3 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup strong hot coffee

First, brew your coffee how you like it: french press, drip, pour over, or espresso. While the coffee is brewing, heat milk, pumpkin puree, and spices in a pot on the stove. Let it simmer to combine and then simply divide the liquid between two mugs, add the coffee, and you’re ready to enjoy. Find the full recipe and video tutorial by clicking on this link

Iced Coffee with Salted Maple Foam

For those who want to hold onto to summer a bit longer but love the flavors of fall, this recipe is one to try. Iced coffee meets maple syrup in this vegan drink by Liv B. To make, you will need the following items:

1/2 cup milk- oat milk is suggested 

1 to 2 tbsp. maple syrup 

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of salt

enough ice to fill your cup

6 to 8 oz coffee

First, brew your coffee and let come to room temperature or prepare cold brew coffee the night before you plan on trying this recipe. Combine milk, syrup, vanilla, and salt in a frother. If you don’t have a milk frother, you can put the ingredients in a sealed jar and shake it up until the milk becomes light and aerated. Fill a cup with the cooled coffee and ice, and then pour the maple milk foam on top. Stir and enjoy! Find the original recipe and video here!

Mexican Mocha

The last recipe I have for you to try today is a Mexican Mocha by A Spicy Perspective. This rich take on a mocha is sweet and spicy. Cayenne and cinnamon give this mocha a bit of a kick, an ideal way to warm you up from the inside out on chilly fall mornings. You will need the following ingredients:

8 oz. strong black coffee (or an espresso shot)

2 tbsp. powdered sugar

1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 to 3 tbsp. heavy cream, half & half, or almond milk

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl while your coffee is brewing. Pour coffee into a mug, add 3 tablespoons of the dry ingredient mixture and the cream or milk. Stir well and top with whipped cream if desired. You can find the full recipe here