The American giant Starbuck has a famous autumn drink. It’s called Pumpkin Spice Latte and, as the name suggests, is prepared using milk, autumn spices and pumpkin pulp.

Those who have tasted it say that it is very good, invigorating, sweet at the right point, spicy and energetic. In short, a bomb. In addition, the high pumpkin content – a much-loved seasonal vegetable in the States – also makes it rather healthy: rich in carotene, the pumpkin can boast  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties , as well as having a low calorie content.

Obviously the recipe is very tight, but American food-blogger and chef Laurel Evans has hinted on how to try to recreate a similar drink at home.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree,
  • a pinch of powdered cloves,
  • a pinch of grated nutmeg,
  • half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon,
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence,
  • 2 cups of whole milk,
  • 2 cups of espresso,
  • 60 g of whipped cream.

HOW TO PREPARE

  • Heat the pumpkin puree with the spices in a small saucepan over medium-low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the sugar and keep stirring for a few minutes, then pour in the milk, stirring with a whisk.
  • When the milk is hot, transfer the mixture to the blender. Whisk and pour into two cups to serve.
  • Decorate with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

VEGAN VERSION 

If you are vegan, try this recipe:

  • Heat 600 ml of rice milk and blend with 200 g of steamed pumpkin, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, 1 cm of lemon peel and 1cm of orange peel, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of tahini sesame cream.