Your Halloween party plus one – a pumpkin spice milkshake!

As fall creeps further and further in, we feel that distinct urge for the flavors that define the season, those warm, spicy notes that envelop our taste buds. Many of us go nuts over the sweets, pastries, and pumpkin-based drinks, which we’ve classified under the umbrella of pumpkin spice recipes.

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However, pumpkin spice, while obviously affiliated with the famous gourd, is not made from it. The moniker comes from its proximity to the now standardized blend of spices that is usually added to desserts made with pumpkin, those being clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper.

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This little introduction to this spice concentrate, dear readers, has a purpose. And that is to bring you a recipe you can use to surprise your guests at your Halloween party (or failing that, any small gathering that includes autumnal snacks). So here we go with pumpkin spice milkshakes.

For the pumpkin spice we need:

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of nutmeg
  • ½ tablespoon of pepper
  • ½ tablespoon ground cloves
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For the milkshake we need:

  • 2 cups of milk (whole or nut milk)
  • 2 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 cup of brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla essence
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream (any brand)
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Whipped cream to taste

Add all the pumpkin spice ingredients to a bowl and whisk together. We recommend sifting it a couple of times to get rid of any lumps in the mixture. This spice blend can be used for a variety of other recipes, so it’s worth hanging on to.

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For the milkshake, combine the milk with the pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, sugar, and ice cream in a blender. Blend for a minute to let the flavors get to know each other. Taste the mixture to determine if any of these ingredients are lacking and add a bit more if necessary. Then gradually add the ice. Finally, as the mixture continues to liquefy, add the coffee and, once the texture is smooth, serve it in individual glasses.

If you choose to add whipped cream, sprinkle a little pumpkin spice on top for some extra zest. We know you and your party guests will love this recipe.

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