Wednesday, November 12, 2014

#Blogger C.L.U.E. ~ Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte

Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte
Welcome to my first blog post for the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society (Cook, Learn, Undertake, Eat). Each month the name of a food blogger is sent to us secretly, along with a theme. This month the theme is Thanksgiving! It is then our mission to hunt through the blog we were given, unnoticed, for a recipe that fits our theme. Something that appeals to us, and something we think would be a winner with our family and friends! 


While I didn’t have the Pumpkin Kahlua…the Apple Pie liqueur added just the right amount of spice, and worked great to add a spark to this latte
My secret blogger was Anna of the very lovely blog AnnaDishes. I saw quite a few recipes I know I would enjoy making. Several had me oohing and ahhing! Should I choose the delectable Pumpkin Goat Cheese Spread, or maybe the Pumpkin Beer Bread?  Both of them sounded festive, and quite perfect for Thanksgiving. However, one particular recipe caught my eye to serve to my family and friends for Thanksgiving! It was for Anna's Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte!  I know…right! Sounds like a perfectly wonderful ending to a great Thanksgiving meal! I am certain my family and friends will enjoy this Latte. I certainly did while testing! 

This drink was quite festive and delicious!



I could not find the Pumpkin Spice Kahlua in my area, so I decided to improvise with 1/8 cup of Kahlua and an 1/8 cup of Apple Pie Liquor…it was luscious! I added frothed milk to the top, instead of the optional whipped cream.  I do think this drink would be just as good hot as it is cold.  I might have to give that a try!


Pumpkin Spice Spiked Latte
Prep Time: 5 Min  Cook Time: 5 Min
Serves 2
Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Freshly Brewed and Chilled Espresso
1/4 Cup Pumpkin Spice Kahlua
1/2 Cup Half and Half (or Milk or Almond Milk)
1/4 Cup Vodka
Ice

Optional:

Maple Sugar
Whipped Cream

Instructions:

In a shaker with ice, mix the coffee and Kahlua together, add the vodka and finish with half & half.

Shake until well blended and pour into a glass rimmed with Maple Sugar. A martini glass would be perfect but a rocks glass works well, too.

If you are so inclined, add a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top.

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23 comments:

  1. Oh, my gosh, these look heavenly, Kathy!! I hope I have enough room after my Thanksgiving dinner to whip up a batch. I'm so happy you've joined us!! xo

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  2. Cute idea, Kathy! And good choice. That latte would certainly top off any fall dinner!

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  3. You know, I can totally see everyone with this latte sitting around after stuffing themselves on Thanksgiving. It's the perfect exclamation point to dinner. Fantastic choice!

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  4. I had no idea Kahlua made Pumpkin Spice, I'll have to look for that one. And nice substitute when not finding it. Really nice to meet you through CLUE, and fabulous choice for this month. Cheers.

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  5. What a great improvise! I love this recipe and think we should start out our Thanksgiving with this drink - it might make the day go much more smoothly! :) Happy to be in the group with you and look forward to working with you soon!

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  6. Who doesn't LOVE a pumpkin latte? I adore them. Now I have a great recipe to make them at home - thank you - great choice. Glad to be part of the CLUE Society with you!

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  7. I love the twist with the Apple Pie Liquor! The lattes look luscious! I might have to make some this weekend now. Happy to see what you did with the recipe and happy to be in CLUE with so many fabulous bloggers. Happy Dishing!

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  8. I think your substitute of Kahlua and apple liqueur was genius. I am going to have to delve into her site for that pumpkin goat cheese spread, too. So happy to meet you through CLUE. Look forward to getting to know you!

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  9. Awesome substitution! What a perfect way to end the Thanksgiving Dinner or just because it is that time of year.

    I'm a little behind in my blog reading - hoping to catch up this week.

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  10. Oh my goodness, this drink sounds delicious! did not even know there was a apple pie liquor available.

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  11. Hi Kathy, I'm Ramona from Curry and Comfort and also a member of the C.L.U.E. Society. Now that looks like a perfect drink to sip by a warm fire and warm myself up. The CLUE members have had lots of dishes and desserts.. this drink makes a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving feast. :) Looking forward to getting to know you and your blog better over the coming months.
    ~ Ramona

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  12. Hi Kathy! It's so nice to "meet" you! We never do fancy drinks after our Thanksgiving dinner but this looks like the perfect drink to add to our Thanksgiving this year :)

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  13. Pumpkin Spice Kahlua... oh my heavens!! I need to research that. I made kahlua last year, and I bet we could just spice it up, don't you think?? This is a winner for sure. So nice to meet you via CLUE!!

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  14. YUM! Sounds perfect on a cold, grey day!

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  15. I wish I liked coffee, but this looks just like something you would enjoy!
    Yay - another fun adventure together!

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  16. mmm..I wish I could have one now. It sounds and looks superb!

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  17. Wow, Kathy! not only that it is a Latte with pumpkin spice Kahlua, but add vodka to it?...that would my Thanksgiving super 'finale'! Totally awesome, and so pretty! Hugs,

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  18. This looks decadent! One might not be able to squeeze another bite in Thanksgiving, but a slow sip of this drink can definitely be managed. Really enjoying the C.L.U.E posts!

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  19. This sounds great!! especially with the Kahlua!! :) What a great recipe you chose!

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  20. What a fun concept! Is is going to be great fun to follow! And, Kathy, if I drank coffee, I would definitely have one of these!! ~ David

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  21. I have seen the Pumpkin Spice Kahlua at the store and contemplated buying it, but kept talking myself out of it. Now I can talk myself right back into it :-D

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  22. I made pumpkin lattes for the blog a year or two ago but I didn't spike them--that would be even better!

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