A telltale sign that autumn is upon us is the release of the Starbucks fall menu. Drinks featuring the usual fall favorites like pumpkin and apple and a wide range of pastries, ready for our enjoyment, get us excited about the upcoming change of seasons. And we must place extra emphasis on the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.
A Staple of the Fall Season
The Pumpkin Spice Latte is a staple of the fall season; hot or iced, it is the perfect companion to an autumn activity. It is easy to pull to the Starbucks drive-through, order a PSL, and start your day, but this convenience comes with a price.
A grande Pumpkin Spice Latte will run you $5.95 + tax, and an iced version will cost more at $6.25 + tax. So, why spend money for someone else to make your seasonal drink?
For one, you are paying to save time. Time can be just as valuable as money, and sometimes it’s worth it to take more time to get ready in the morning or just to sleep in. In addition to time, sometimes it is a lot of work to gather the ingredients, plan out your recipe, and make the drink when you only order it occasionally. The effort isn’t worth the commitment.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
An avid PSL enjoyer might want to put in the effort to make the drink outside of the fall season. Here is an easy 10-minute recipe from Love & Lemons that doesn’t require you to have a fancy espresso machine, though it is an option.
As for price, all of the ingredients will cost you around $20 to $25, but you can make around 12 lattes for that price. Depending on brands and or serving size, each latte will only cost around $2 to $3 each.
Whether you spend the extra cash for the local barista to make it or savor a DIY PSL moment, a Pumpkin Spice Latte can be the perfect addition to your morning.