By Mahita Gajanan
August 23, 2016

Pumpkin spice latte season is right around the corner, but for enthusiasts who don’t want to wait a few weeks for the fall drink to hit cafes, it might be time to try a homemade version.

Making the cozy beverage at home requires little more than hot strong coffee, pumpkin puree, condensed milk and 10 spare minutes, according to a recipe from Food & Wine.

Mix the puree and condensed milk with some pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract in a saucepan and heat it for about 5 minutes. Pour it into a cup, or two, and stir in the coffee (or espresso). If you like, top the drink with whipped cream and grated nutmeg. (See Food & Wine for more details.)

In case pumpkin crops are threatened again this year, you can also make the latte without any actual pumpkin by combining spices to create a pumpkin pie spice-flavored syrup. A recipe from Real Simple suggests mixing the flavored syrup with milk and coffee for a satisfying pumpkin spice latte.

Write to Mahita Gajanan at mahita.gajanan@time.com.

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