Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Sugar Added!)

The ultimate Thanksgiving treat!

A couple of Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the perfect treat for the holidays!

Because every pumpkin spice latte deserves a little bourbon in it for a long holiday weekend. Am I right? Seriously, though, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. Yes, me, the queen of spiking my coffee with Bailey’s and enjoying hot toddies like my OG favorite, Boilo. It only makes complete sense that we should dress up the annual favorite espresso drink with a little sumpin’ sumpin’, and bourbon sure fits the bill!

Annnnndddd, we’re making this Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte CaliGirl Cooking-friendly by using only REAL pumpkin and spices…none of this super-sweet syrupy stuff you get at your neighborhood chain coffee shop (not gonna name names here.)

A Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte will spice up any holiday get-together!

That’s right, this five-ingredient recipe contains no added sugar, so it can basically be called a health food (save for the bourbon of course, which I suppose you could leave out if you really want to be SUPER healthy, but where’s the fun in that?) So here are those five ingredients we’re looking at:

Pumpkin purée
Milk of your choice
Pumpkin pie spice
And, if you’re feeling fancy, a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or cinnamon stick to garnish

Pretty easy, right?

This Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte has been largely responsible for keeping me out of the coffee shops that become so addicting with their “red cups” and special holiday drinks this time of year (well, that and the fact that I have a three week-old on my hands :-P) It’s creamy and delicious, with a wonderful pumpkin spice flavor that won’t leave you with a sugar hangover. Let’s leave that to all the pie and other fancy desserts we’ll be indulging in this weekend.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, feel free to just use a little bit of regular coffee as the caffeine source for said Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte. It won’t be quite as potent, but who needs tons of caffeine on a lazy holiday weekend, anyway?

This Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte has no added sugar and is made with REAL pumpkin!

Speaking of the holiday weekend, what are your plans? We are headed up to NorCal tonight to spend the long weekend with our families, and it will be Raia’s first long car trip. Any tips or tricks on how to make it through a four-hour drive with an almost one-month old? So far our plan is to just take our time and have no expectations about when we’ll get there. Hopefully that relaxed attitude about it all will make the trip a breeze!

We’ll be spending Thanksgiving day with my husband’s family, then heading over to Santa Cruz to see my family on Friday, with a stop to cut down a Christmas tree in between. The hubs and I have been cutting down our own tree every year since we started dating, so we’re very excited to continue the tradition with the newest addition to our family.

Other than that, we plan on doing lots of relaxing, eating and I’m sure watching allll the football, which means we’ll have plenty of time to whip up some tasty Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Lattes while we’re at it. Who else is with me?

A Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte is the perfect treat for fall festivities.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

*Programming Note: I’ll be taking a break from posting on Friday so we can really enjoy the weekend with our family and friends. I’ll be back in action on Monday and can’t wait to tell you all about our trip! Xo

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Sugar Added!)
Prep Time
10 mins

This spiked version of the classic fall espresso drink contains real pumpkin and no added sugar - the perfect balanced treat for the holidays!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 drinks
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 espresso shots (or more if you want the extra caffeine!)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 8 ounces milk of your choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon or cinnamon stick, to garnish
  1. Combine ingredients in a blender and pulse until combined.

  2. Divide mixture into two mugs and microwave until hot, 1 ½ - 2 minutes.

  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or cinnamon stick and enjoy immediately!

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte (No Sugar Added!) |

Boozy Affogato

Raise your hand if you’re all for combining booze, caffeine and dessert in one delicious treat!

Boozy Affogato |

Boozy Affogato has arrived and it’s definitely here to stay. Rich vanilla ice cream is topped with a heavy pour of spiked espresso to make the perfect simple dessert. It comes together as quickly as you can pull that shot of espresso and will disappear from your glass just as fast. And since we’re covering all of the basic food groups (as mentioned above) I think it would be just as suitable to enjoy as a special treat after a weekend breakfast as it would to sip on after a big Sunday meal.

I don’t know what kind of a week you’ve had, but judging from my own hectic schedule as well as so many of my friends’, it’s been a crazy one. After being on the road the past two weekends, I’m very much looking forward to a relaxing couple of days at home with nothing more important to do than go on a hike to see some beautiful waterfalls. Oh, and enjoy a Boozy Affogato or two, of course.

Boozy Affogato |

Yep, we literally have NO plans for this weekend and we are so excited. You all know that leading a balanced lifestyle is my jam, and as I’ve grown up a bit, I’ve come to realize that occasional weekends with nothing on the schedule are absolutely necessary. It leaves you time to regroup, recover from a busy week and, heck, do something totally spontaneous every now and then.

It also leaves you more time to get in the kitchen and make something completely new and adventurous. Some of my favorite lazy weekend cooking projects are homemade breads, stocks and soups made from scratch, and homemade pasta (which I have another exciting version of coming to the blog on Monday!) What are your favorite things to make in the kitchen when you have a little extra time to play around?

One thing that you will not need all that extra time to whip up is this recipe for Boozy Affogato. I took the Italian classic and amped it up with Cognac and bourbon. If we’re going to have espresso for dessert, we might as well counteract all that caffeine with a little alcohol so we’re not up all night, right?

Boozy Affogato |

So here’s all it takes to create this incredibly tasty dessert (or breakfast, I won’t judge):

Vanilla Ice Cream (homemade or store-bought, doesn’t matter)
Espresso (or brewed coffee, if you don’t have an espresso machine)

That’s it! Four ingredients and you have yourself an elegant, uncomplicated dessert that would impress a table full of fancy dinner guests just as much as it would your significant other on a quiet night in.

We’re heading to Italy at the end of April, and I’m getting so excited to be reacquainted with authentic versions of all of my favorite Italian foods (and drinks!) Until then, I’m going to have to settle for whipping up Boozy Affogatos and eating as much homemade pizza as I can to get myself ready. Who’s with me?

Boozy Affogato |

Boozy Affogato
Prep Time
5 mins

The classic Italian treat with a boozy kick - rich espresso is spiked with Cognac and bourbon and poured over creamy vanilla ice cream.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 serving
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 ounces brewed espresso (or coffee)
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Cognac
  • 1 large scoop vanilla ice cream
  1. Combine espresso, Cognac and bourbon in a small measuring cup. Scoop ice cream into a small bowl (or fairly shallow coffee mug) and pour espresso mixture over top. Enjoy immediately.

Boozy Affogato |