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Pumpkin Spice Latte

January 5, 2023

This homemade pumpkin spice latte is absolutely incredible! The combination of warm fall flavors and brown sugar combined with espresso or coffee makes a warm and cozy fall and winter drink you’re going to love.

pumpkin spice latte

I have to admit, the first time I ordered a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks one trip to New York, I was skeptical. Having not grown up with any pumpkin desserts or flavored coffees (even pumpkin pie was foreign to me), it sounded strange. But as soon as I took my first sip, I realized what I had been missing.

I loved the sweet, almost caramel flavor combined with the delicious flavors of pumpkin spice. As I strolled through Midtown sipping my latte, I felt so incredibly cozy and peaceful. The air was cool and crisp and the leaves were changing colors, and I knew I had found my new favorite fall beverage.

Unfortunately back home, we don’t have Starbucks or pumpkin spice lattes. But I knew I wanted to recreate the magic I experienced in New York, so I created my own pumpkin spice latte recipe that tastes like the Starbucks version – but better! That way, I can get my fix anytime I have a craving. And with cold, winter days ahead, I can’t wait!

Pair it with other fall and winter treats, like pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones, or apple pie bars.

pumpkin spice latte

Pumpkin spice latte ingredients

This recipe uses pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice mix to really drive the pumpkin flavor home. Here’s what you’re going to need for 2 lattes:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Pumpkin spice mix (save the rest for pumpkin creme brulee or pumpkin cupcakes)
  • Light or dark brown sugar
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Milk of your choice. I prefer whole milk, but you can use any milk you like. To make it vegan, almond or oat milk work great.
  • 2 shots brewed espresso or 1/2 cup (120 ml) strong coffee
  • Whipped cream (optional)
pumpkin spice latte

How to make the perfect pumpkin spice latte

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat together, mixing frequently until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is very hot.
  3. Optional: use an electric, handheld frother to aerate the latte.
  4. Divide between two mugs and top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, if desired.

Tip: Feel free to add more or less of each ingredient, depending on how you like your latte. Add more coffee if you like it stronger, or less sugar if you prefer it less sweet.

pumpkin spice latte

Frequently asked questions

What kind of milk should I use for my pumpkin spice latte?

You can use any type of milk you like. I personally prefer using whole or 2% milk because I like the richness of them, but any kind of milk will work. To make your latte vegan, try using almond or oat milk.

Can I use regular sugar instead of brown sugar?

Regular sugar will work in this recipe, but brown sugar contains molasses which, in my opinion, tastes better with the pumpkin flavors.

How can I substitute regular coffee for espresso?

No espresso machine? No problem. Simply brew a strong pot of coffee by brewing 2 tablespoons of coffee to 6-ounces of water. This will make enough coffee for two lattes (1/2 cup/4oz), with a bit left over if you want to make your latte stronger.

Do I need a frother?

This pumpkin spice latte can be made without a frother. You can simply heat all the ingredients together in a saucepan and pour directly into a mug and enjoy (I highly recommend the whipped cream, though:)!

Check out my post on my favorite pumpkin dessert recipes for more amazing fall and winter desserts.

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pumpkin spice latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
YIELD: 2 lattes

This warm and cozy pumpkin spice latte is the perfect winter drink. Top it with whipped cream and a dish of cinnamon and you'll be in pumpkin spice heaven.

  • 2 cups (480 ml) milk of your choice
  • 1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, plus more depending on how sweet you like your latte
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup (120 ml) strong coffee
  • Whipped cream for topping, optional
  1. Place all of the latte ingredients into a medium saucepan and mix together. Stirring constantly, heat the mixture on medium-heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is very hot.

  2. Optional: Use a handheld frother to gently aerate and foam the latte mixture.

  3. Divide between two mugs. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin spice mix, if desired.

Recipe Notes

*If you don’t want to make an entire batch of pumpkin spice mix, substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus a pinch of each of the following:


Ground ginger

Ground nutmeg

Ground allspice

Ground cloves


Feel free to add more or less of each ingredient, depending on how you like your latte. Add more coffee if you like it stronger, or less sugar if you prefer it less sweet.


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    January 17, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    My son would love this pumpkin spice latte, it looks absolutely delicious, even I want to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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