Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe: The Best Fall Beverage

by Ishani Bose last updated -

As soon as summer makes way for fall, people excitedly hurry to the nearest coffee shops to order their favorite autumn beverage, which is pumpkin spice latte. This is a hot drink made of a blend of espresso, steamed milk, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, pumpkin puree, and a generous garnish of whipped cream. Making pumpkin spice latte at home saves both, time as well as money, and by doing so you gain 100 percent control over what you put in your cup. Most cafes usually add spices like cinnamon, star anise or nutmeg to their drink, but you can make your own customized version sans the spices if you so prefer. So what are we waiting for? Let us get started.

How to make Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Surprisingly, the pumpkin spice latte you get at most cafes don’t have an overpowering pumpkin flavor, perhaps because they avoid adding real pumpkin in the syrup. To be honest, your pumpkin spice latte flavor will depend on how you choose to make it. The best part about making it at home is that you get to customize the flavor the way you want.

If you want to go in for a healthier option, you can make use of dairy-free milk, such as almond, oats or coconut milk. You can also skip using refined sugar by adding maple syrup or honey instead. Once the pumpkin spiced milk is ready, combine it with strong coffee and voila your favorite fall beverage is ready! But, like they say, “perfection lies in the details”, so let us take a look at the comprehensive recipe below.

A flat-lay image of a cup of pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream kept atop a white towel on a yellow table

Delicious Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Savor the warm spices of your favorite fall beverage by making it in the comfort of your home!
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin spice latte, fall beverage
Appliance: Blender, Stove, Immersion blender
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee decoction
  • sweetened whipped cream

Instructions

  • To make pumpkin spice latte, combine pumpkin puree, milk, vanilla extract, and pumpkin spice in a medium sized microwave safe bowl. Use a plastic wrap to cover the bowl. 
  • Microwave the bowl till the milk becomes hot. Once done, whisk the mixture vigorously until the milk becomes foamy. This should ideally not take more than 30 seconds to a minute. 
  • Now, in a large cup combine the foamed pumpkin spice milk and espresso or coffee. Top the latte with whipped cream and sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice as garnish. 
  • Another alternate and perhaps an even easier way to make this beverage would be to combine all the aforementioned ingredients in a blender and blend it until the resultant consistency is smooth and creamy. Once done, taste and adjust the seasonings as required. Your pumpkin spice latte is ready to be poured into a mug. You can either have it cold by adding ice cubes or heat it over the stove and have it warm.
    Two cups of pumpkin spice latte with cinnamon and star anise and pumpkins kept beside them atop a white table
  • You can add spices like nutmeg, cardamom or cinnamon powder to the latte if you prefer. 

Notes

You are likely to get a slightly grainy texture if you allow the drink to rest for too long. Keep that in mind when you make this drink at home. For a caffeine-free drink, skip the coffee and add more almond or coconut milk instead. Adjust the sweetness and spices as and how you prefer. If you make use of granulated sweetener such as coconut sugar, you will have to ensure that it properly dissolves before serving.

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About the Author

An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani Bose has worked as a reporter/features writer for several leading newspapers and organizations in India. It was her love for food, health, and wellness that brought her to Organic Facts. She is also passionate about mental health and enjoys writing about it to educate more and more people about the same. She is an avid Instagrammer who knows the latest social media trends. When not writing or cooking, you’ll find her reading, traveling, soaking herself in music, arts, and culture in every way possible. Ishani has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University, US. Furthermore, she has completed an online course on “The Science of Wellbeing” by the Department of Psychology, Yale University.

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