Friday, September 5, 2014

Living Abroad Life Hack: Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Necessity is the mother of invention. I always took the season of "pumpkin spiced everything" for granted, until now. Apparently, it's a strictly American obsession, and I was on the verge of suffering withdrawal. Something had to be done, and quick.

I searched Pinterest diligently, but all Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes I found required one of two things: pumpkin puree (which I can't find in stores here), and pumpkin pie spice (again, doesn't really exist on this side of the Atlantic). In an act of sheer desperation, I concocted this little spiced coffee to hold me over until Amazon can fulfill my imported pumpkin-obsessed needs.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Coffee (Instant or Brewed, 8 oz)
Milk (or non-dairy milk or creamer)
Ground Nutmeg
Ground Cinnamon
Ground Ginger
Raw Sugar (optional)

Add a dash of nutmeg (literally, one little dash), two dashes of cinnamon (sorry for the super precise measurements), and a dash of ground ginger to bottom of coffee cup. Add 1 tsp raw sugar (optional), and milk (again, optional) and stir. Add coffee, instant or brewed, and enjoy! It's that simple, and it definitely evokes those feelings of fall in a pinch. If you have McCormick pumpkin pie spice sitting around in your pantry, and you never use it except that once-a-year pie, then take a shortcut and toss that in instead of the individual spices! It's quick, easy, and does a lot less caloric damage than a commercial latte.



  1. hahah "sorry for the super precise measurements". Oh my god, why arent they into pumpkin spice?! I can't imagine having a proper fall without it- it's just amazing. These people dont even know what they're missing. Thank the lord for amazon, eh? ;)

    xo marlen
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    1. I can't believe pumpkin isn't a thing over here! It's heartbreaking. Amazon is such a lifesaver!

  2. Pumpkin just reminds me that summer is over! Boo hoo!


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