October 14, 2023Review Recipe
Table of Contents
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients
- Substitutions And Additions
- How To Make A Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
- How To Serve This Pumpkin Latte
- Storing This Pumpkin Spice Coffee
- Why We Love This Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks Recipe)
- FAQ About A PSL Recipe
- More Pumpkin Recipes
- JUMP TO RECIPE
- More Recipes You’ll Love
Our pumpkin spice latte – a Starbucks copycat – encapsulates the cozy essence of fall in a cup. It blends the subtle, earthy sweetness of pumpkin with a medley of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients
Our pumpkin spice latte is a delightful seasonal treat that captures the essence of fall in every sip.
- ¼ cup of whole milk
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1½ tablespoons of granulated white sugar
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup of brewed coffee
- ¼ cup of vanilla creamer
- whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice for the top
Make sure you are using pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling for this recipe.
Substitutions And Additions
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE MIX: If you can’t get pumpkin spice that is ready-mixed, it is really easy to make your own.
A simple pumpkin spice blend would be four teaspoons of cinnamon, two teaspoons of ginger, one teaspoon of cloves, and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg.
Mix and store in an airtight container.
MILK: Almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and oat milk could all be used in place of the whole milk in this cozy drink.
SUGAR: You can substitute any of your preferred sweeteners for the granulated sugar in this recipe.
VANILLA CREAMER: While vanilla creamer adds a lovely hint of vanilla sweetness, you can customize your latte with various flavored creamers.
Hazelnut or caramel creamer will bring their unique, nutty, or caramel notes to the mix, creating a different twist on the classic pumpkin spice latte.
You can also use our recipe for homemade coffee creamer.
COFFEE: If you’re not a fan of coffee or prefer a caffeine-free alternative, use decaffeinated coffee — or rooibos tea for a different flavor profile.
ADD-INS: The beauty of homemade is the freedom to experiment. Try adding a dash of cardamom, a sprinkle of sea salt, or even a splash of caramel for unique twists.
If you don’t anticipate using the leftover pumpkin puree up within about a week, you can freeze it in tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray for up to a year. Pop one out when you’d like to make this drink.
How To Make A Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Make your own version with our easy PSL recipe and enjoy your favorite drink any time of the year.
STEP ONE: In a glass measuring cup, add milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla extract, and the pumpkin pie spice, then whisk together.
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Adjust the amount of pumpkin spice you add depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.
STEP TWO: Place the milk mixture in the microwave and heat for one minute. Remove and pour into your latte glass or large coffee cup.
STEP THREE: Brew one cup of coffee and pour it into the latte glass.
STEP FOUR: Add the vanilla creamer and stir.
STEP FIVE: Top with a little whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
How To Serve This Pumpkin Latte
To fully enjoy its warm and comforting qualities, serve a pumpkin spice latte immediately while it’s hot.
Provide sugar, a cinnamon stick, or a small pot of whipped cream on the side for those who might want to customize their drink further.
SERVE WITH BAKED GOODS: When serving a pumpkin spice latte, baked goods are a natural companion. Consider pairing with pastries such as our cherry Danish recipe, baked puff pastry or mini cinnamon rolls.
SERVE WITH PIE: Recipes for pies with autumnal flavors accentuate the pumpkin spice latte experience. Popular options include our apple pie (or our apple pie cookies!), custard pie or pecan cream pie.
For an extra decadent treat, try our pecan pie cheesecake.
For a super easy cake to enjoy with your PSL, try our coffee cake in a mug.
Or, for a morning option, why not make Starbucks copycat egg bites to get that protein boost at the start of the day?
Storing This Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Now that you’ve whipped up this delightful homemade pumpkin spice latte, you might be wondering how to store any leftovers or prepare it in advance.
MAKE AHEAD: If you’re planning to make your latte ahead of time, it’s best to prepare the coffee and pumpkin spice mixture separately.
Brew your coffee and allow it to cool to room temperature. In a separate container, mix the pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice, then refrigerate it.
When you’re ready for a latte, combine the cooled coffee and the pumpkin mixture, warm it up, and add the milk and vanilla creamer just before serving.
IN THE FRIDGE: Once the drink has cooled, you can store it in the fridge for about one day.
Leave the cream off if you aren’t going to drink it immediately, as it will evaporate in the fridge.
IN THE FREEZER: You can’t freeze the completed drink, but you can store some of the ingredients to make creating a homemade pumpkin spice latte quicker.
Mix the puree, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice, then seal in a freezer bag. Pop in the freezer for up to three months.
Why We Love This Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks Recipe)
AUTUMN FLAVORS: This latte captures the essence of fall in a cup with its warm and comforting blend of pumpkin, spices, and coffee.
SIMPLE PREPARATION: The step-by-step instructions make it a breeze to create this latte, even for those new to coffee crafting. No fancy equipment or barista skills required!
HOMEMADE GOODNESS: Skip the long coffee shop lines and enjoy the satisfaction of making your pumpkin spice latte without having to visit Starbucks.
Plus, you can feel good knowing exactly what goes into it – pure, wholesome ingredients and a whole lot of love.
FAQ About A PSL Recipe
This copycat Starbucks pumpkin spice latte can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days. Wait to add the whipped cream until you are ready to enjoy your drink.
If you have real pumpkin puree, you can certainly use that in this recipe instead.
You can use any type of coffee in this simple recipe. Espresso, instant, or drip coffee could be used for your latte.
Nothing says fall more than a pumpkin spice latte. By making your own at home, you can enjoy the tasty pumpkin flavor of this delicious drink whenever you want.
It uses easy-to-get ingredients and can inspire you to make a whole range of pumpkin recipes – while enjoying a homemade latte!
More Pumpkin Recipes
- Mini Pumpkin Pies
- Pumpkin Delight
- Pumpkin Cake Mix Muffins
- No Bake Pumpkin Pie
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie
- Fireball Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Dump Cake
- Pumpkin Ice Cream
Pumpkin Spice Latte
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1½ tablespoons granulated white sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- ¼ cup vanilla creamer
- whipped cream & pumpkin pie spice, for the top
- In a glass mixing cup, add the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice. Use a whisk to combine.
- Place in the microwave and heat for 1 minute. Remove and pour into your glass or large coffee cup.
- Brew 1 cup coffee and pour into your glass.
- Add vanilla creamer and stir.
- Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
- Make sure you are using pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling for this recipe.
- If you don’t anticipate using the leftover pumpkin puree up within about a week, you can freeze it in tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray for up to a year. Pop one out anytime you’d like to make this drink.
- Adjust the amount of pumpkin spice you add depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.