How to Make a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

DIY pumpkin spice latte this season

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Pumpkin pie spices and hot, delicious coffee? Yes, please.

There isn't any actual pumpkin the traditional pumpkin spice latte, but there are tons of pumpkin pie spices. This year, Starbucks is finally adding real pumpkin! In order to get all of those delicious, autumnal flavors into your coffee, your first have to make a pumpkin spice simple syrup. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon shaved nutmeg

3 cinnamon sticks

½ inch of sliced fresh ginger

1 teaspoon cloves

and a cup of sugar

Bring the mixture to a boil, then immediately turn down the heat and allow the blend to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture through a coffee filter.

Next, make an espresso (or hot coffee if you don’t have an espresso machine).

Add 2 ounces of the syrup, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, and steamed milk. Enjoy!

This article was originally published on August 22, 2014.

Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s that time of year!! It rolls around fast but I’m ready for it this year. It’s when we start getting the Holiday spirit with our food, drinks, and decorations. One telltale sign that it’s the most wonderful time of the year is when Starbucks rolls out their red cups filed with their seasonal drinks like the Peppermint Mocha, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, and of course, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Possibly the most popular Starbucks drink for the Holidays, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has the caffeine we crave with the kick of warm spice we love. And of course, the whipped cream on top doesn’t hurt. Whipped cream-topped anything is going to delicious. The drink is just a real treat after being out in the cold and when you need to warm yourself from the inside out.

The Holidays are a season for feasting, sharing, and indulgence. It’s a time for eating, drinking, and being merry. Nothing warms the soul more than warm drinks on a cold Fall night. This Pumpkin Spice Latte evokes not just your tastebuds, but your nose too. If there were ever a drink that tastes like Thanksgiving in a mug, this would be it.

These recipes multiply really well, so if you are having friends over make up a big pot and serve it hot with whipped cream on top. These drinks are so satisfying and decadent, they would almost replace dessert.

Only joking, nothing replaces dessert!

Make sure to check out my Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe so you can make your own for your fall and holiday baking.

1. Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Total time: 10 minutes

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  • Milk (nonfat, low-fat, whole, almond, oat milk or soy)
  • Pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin pie spice (hot brew or cold brew heated up)

Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Is it possible to make a Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe? Short answer: it is. Long answer: it is possible, it’s rewarding, it’s delicious and it allows you to save money as well.

It’s not a mystery that Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is the drink everyone waits for in fall season and for this reason every year the company releases its biggest hit with a tremendous campaign.

How a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe is made?

Well, we can’t say for sure since the recipe is “secret” but we know it contains a good amount of sugar and on the Starbuck’s website is described as: “Our signature espresso and milk are highlighted by flavor notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to create this incredible beverage that’s a fall favorite. Enjoy it topped with whipped cream and real pumpkin pie spices”.

If you check the nutrition facts you’ll be shocked by the crazy amount of sugar this drink contains: our version contains sugar but only contains natural ingredients, probably missing from the industrial version of this beverage.

The differences between the famous version by Starbucks and the homemade version of this latte are simple to identify: genuine ingredients. If the coffee chain uses industrial syrups to flavor its drinks, using homemade and real ingredients make this latte definitely a good beverage.

The main ingredient is the pumpkin and the peculiarity of this beverage is the fact that it has a strong flavor that, thanks to the presence of ginger and cinnamon, is suitable for the fall season.

A Pumpkin Spice Latte is basically made with:

The espresso can easily be made at home by using a traditional Italian moka, a more international Nespresso machine or any kind of espresso machine.

The milk has to be frothed because it has to feel thicker and creamier to do so, you need a milk frother, and you can choose a manual or an electric frother. An immersion blender is the easiest way to achieve the foam at home if you don’t have a milk frother. You can skip the foam by simply not using a frother or a blender: you’ll get a classical latte but in this case whipped cream is a must.

The pumpkin syrup is really easy to make: just combine sugar, spices and pumpkin flesh to create a smooth cream, you’ll use for your pumpkin spice latte.

Now, let’s make the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte at home: simple, quick, cheap and… no more coffee shop lines.

Ingredients For Making The Best Pumpkin Spice Lattes At Home

  • your favorite milk (dairy or dairy-free - my favorite is unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • canned pumpkin puree (plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
  • your favorite sweetener (I prefer real maple syrup but vanilla-infused sugar, coconut sugar, or brown sugar would be awesome)
  • vanilla extract (this is important so don't skip it & make sure to use the real stuff, not imitation. If you can't have the alcohol that's in extracts, use vanilla bean paste instead.)
  • pumpkin pie spice (you can buy a little bottle at the store or mix up your own using warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger & clove - see recipe link below)
  • extra strong coffee or espresso (strong coffee is perfectly fine & probably the cheapest and easiest option unless you happen to have an espresso maker.)

Low Carb & Keto Option: Omit the canned pumpkin and use your favorite low-carb sweetener, to taste + homemade whipped cream that is also sweetened with stevia, monk fruit, swerve, etc.

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte:

What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 cup of milk (any variety)
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-4 ounces of strongly brewed coffee or 1-2 shots of espresso
  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk or spoon
  • Tall coffee mug
  • Espresso machine, portable espresso maker, or coffee maker (We used a Wacaco Minipresso)

1. Mix the first ingredients.

In a small saucepan, combine milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugars, and vanilla.

2. Heat the pumpkin mixture.

Place the pan over medium heat. Cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture is well blended and hot. You don’t want it to boil. Remove the pan from heat once the mixture is evenly heated.

3. Prepare your espresso or coffee.

If you’re using an espresso maker or machine, pull the shot directly into your glass. If you’re making coffee, pour two to four ounces into the glass.

4. Combine and serve.

Pour the pumpkin mixture on top of the espresso and mix thoroughly. Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, if you’d like.

Espresso could be made with an espresso machine, various K-Cup machines, or with a macchinetta or “moka.” If you don't own any of these items, I suggest starting with a macchinetta. That's what all of Italy is using! It is cheap, easy to use, and the Italians swear it makes the best espresso. There are several good brands to choose from, like Bialetti and Grosche, but I have to tell you that even the cheapest $10 macchinetta makes espresso well. Check out this video I found on how to use a macchinetta:

Now, let's make the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte at home!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte It’s PSL season! This has been a recipe I have been making at home for years and it’s about time to get it onto Snacks and Sips. This recipe is a copycat version of the Starbucks classic that is a highlight of the fall season. It’s easy to make at home with just a few ingredients and about 5 minutes. It’s a great way to save money by making it yourself at home rather than spending $6 at Starbucks. Something that is great about the recipe is how flexible it is. It can easily be made vegan by using non-dairy milk and whipped cream or strongly brewed coffee can work instead of espresso. This recipe can also be turned into either an iced latte or a frappuccino. To make it an iced latte, make sure to fully cool off the espresso and the milk mixture before serving over ice. To make it a frappuccino, blend with 2 cups vanilla ice cream. Both are delicious options that taste like fall in a cup!

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Need a warm beverage for a crowd? Try our delicious Crockpot Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate!

Step-by-step photos for making Pumpkin Spice Latte Dry Mix

Step 1. Assemble and measure the ingredients.

Step 2. Add ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until uniformly mixed. (Alternatively, you can whisk ingredients together in a large bowl.)

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Step 3. Transfer dry mixture to a jar or other airtight container. I use a jar funnel to make the task easy and tidy. Pint mason jars are the perfect size to hold one batch.

To make one latte with this mix:

  • HOT LATTE-- Add 1/4 cup of mixture to mug and add 8 oz. (1 cup) boiling water. Stir and enjoy!
  • COLD LATTE-- Add 1/4 cup mixture to mug and add 1 tablespoon hot tap water stir until smooth. Gradually stir in 8 oz (1 cup) cold water add ice cubes, if desired.

Make it a gift! Fill a mason jar with dry latte mix, label it, and you've got a homemade gift to give. Give the jar of mix alone or nest it inside a latte mug. These make ideal gifts for hosts/hostesses, teachers, co-workers, college students, neighbors and friends.

Download printable jar labels/tags.

  • Print these on card stock, cut them out, punch a hole in the top, and hang them from the jar neck with a ribbon, string, or rubber band. OR
  • Print them on sticker paper and stick them to the jar or lid. Or, print them on regular paper and stick them on with tape. If you don't have a printer or specialty papers, you can have a store with printing services download and print them for you (Kinkos, Office Depot, Staples, etc.)

Click on the image below to download & print a full sheet of labels/tags.

Cut with scissors or a circle punch. You can cut the round tags out carefully with scissors, or use a circle punch to make the task easier and more precise. The circle punches come in several sizes to accommodate different jar and bottle lids.

This mix is so convenient to have on hand for a creamy, delicious latte anytime, anywhere. For a tasty, finishing touch, try topping it off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Yum!