How To Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

How To Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s been now a month since autumn has arrived and, along with it, the need to find comfort in a delicious mug of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Hot drinks make us feel warm and cosy whether we’re commuting to work on a chilly Monday morning, or sitting by the fire place, wrapped in a blanket on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Nowadays, it is incredibly easy to prepare yourself your favourite hot drink in the comfort of your own home: cappuccinos, lattes, strong black coffees… but what if your taste happens to require one that is seemingly a little bit more complex? On the spirit of autumn and Halloween, we teach you how to prepare a very tasteful Pumpkin Spice Latte that will, not only satisfy your needs for comfort but, have your tastebuds screaming for more! Make sure you try it and share your thoughts.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe – Makes 2 drinks

What You Need


  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 475 ml whole milk
  • 1 to 2 shots espresso, about 60 ml
  • 60 ml heavy whipping cream, whipped until firm peaks form or whipped cream




  • Mixer, whisk, or hand blender, to whip cream
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Blender
  • Espresso maker or coffee maker


  1. Heat the pumpkin and spices: In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.
  2. Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.
  3. Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
  4. Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.
  5. Mix the drinks: Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.




  1. Vanilla: Yes, this recipe calls for two tablespoons (not teaspoons) of vanilla. This sounds like a lot, but it does more than anything else to mimic the intense, even artificial, taste of the syrups used in coffee shops. But feel free to start with less and bump it up as needed.
  2. Milk Fat: This recipe is most satisfying when made with whole milk, but 1% and skim can be substituted.
  3. Canned Pumpkin Substitution: You can substitute 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice Syrup for the canned pumpkin if you have it on hand.
  4. Sugar Substitute: You can use a sugar substitute in place of the sugar if desired. Add to taste.
  5. Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute: No pumpkin pie spice? No problem — use our recipe to make it out of cinnamon, ginger, and other spices: Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
  6. Espresso Substitute: If you don’t have espresso on hand, you can use strong brewed coffee instead. Increase amount to 1/3, 1/2 cup.

Recipe Notes

Make a big batch of pumpkin spice mix-in: If you like, you can make a big batch of the pumpkin spice base, and refrigerate. To make 8 full servings, cook 1/2 cup pureed or canned pumpkin with 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir in 1/2 cup vanilla extract. Refrigerate for up to 1 week and use as desired. To serve, blend 1/3 cup pumpkin spice mix-in with milk until frothy, and add 1 or 2 shots of espresso. Top with whipped cream and serve.

Here’s is a little history on the pumpkin spice latte:

Starbucks started developing the Pumpkin Spice Latte in January 2003 after the company noticed the success of other winter seasonal drinks such as the Peppermint Mocha and Eggnog Latte and wanted to expand their seasonal reach into the autumn . Since the start of development in 2003 Starbucks has sold more the 200 million pumpkin spice lattes.

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