Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin season is here! With this recipe you can make a hot or cold Pumpkin Spice Latte that's just as good as starbucks!
For the latte
For the syrup
Preparing the syrup
In a small saucepan add the water and sugar. Place over medium heat. Add the spices and mix occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
Reduce the heat to low and add the pumpkin puree. Mix well. Remove from the heat.
Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer. Once cooled you can store the syrup in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Preparing a hot latte
In a small saucepan add the milk and pumpkin spice syrup. Warm it up, over medium heat. Don't let it boil.
Pour the milk mixture in a mug, add the coffee.
Top with whipped cream and pumpkin spice.
Preparing a cold latte
Fill your glass with ice.
Add the cooled pumpkin syrup and coffee.
Top the glass with milk.
Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin spice.
- For an authentic flavor, use real pumpkin puree. You can make your own by roasting and blending pumpkin or use canned pumpkin puree. Avoid pumpkin pie filling, which contains added sugar and spices.
- A touch of pure vanilla extract enhances the flavor of your latte. Add it to the milk-pumpkin mixture for extra depth.
- The coffee or espresso you use as the base of your latte should be of good quality and freshly brewed for the best flavor.
- Pumpkin spice blends vary, so adjust the amount to suit your taste.
- Froth your milk to create a creamy and luxurious latte texture. You can use a frother, steam wand, or even a blender to achieve frothy milk.
- Top your latte with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin spice, or even a drizzle of caramel sauce for an indulgent touch.
- If you're dairy-free, use almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or any other non-dairy milk of your choice as a substitute for regular milk.
- While pumpkin spice lattes are often associated with fall, there's no rule against enjoying them throughout the year if you love the flavor!
Frequently Asked Questions
Pumpkin spice is a blend of spices commonly used in pumpkin-flavored recipes. It typically includes cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
Yes, you can use brewed coffee as a substitute for espresso in a pumpkin spice latte. Adjust the strength of the coffee to your preference.
Absolutely! You can use decaffeinated coffee or espresso, or skip the coffee altogether.
Yes, you can scale up the recipe to make a larger batch.
Yes, you can easily make a dairy-free version by using non-dairy milk (e.g., almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk) and a dairy-free whipped cream topping.