Indulge in a Spiced and Savory Pumpkin Latte Recipe

Fall is the season of pumpkin everything, and nothing screams fall louder than a warm and comforting Spiced Pumpkin Latte. Imagine a creamy and fragrant beverage that is infused with the perfect blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and brown sugar. This latte is not only delicious but also easy to make at home with just a few ingredients. If you love the Pumpkin Spice Latte from your favorite coffee shop but want to avoid the long lines and high prices, this homemade recipe is perfect for you.

As a barista, I have perfected this recipe to ensure that you get the best homemade Spiced Pumpkin Latte experience possible. Whether you enjoy your latte hot or cold, this drink will give you all the cozy autumn feels. Trust me when I say that once you try this Spiced Pumpkin Latte recipe, you’ll never buy it from a coffee shop again!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Spiced Pumpkin Latte
Spiced Pumpkin Latte

Are you looking to bring the warm and cozy feeling of fall into your home? Look no further than our Spiced Pumpkin Latte recipe! This irresistible drink is the perfect way to welcome in the changing leaves and cooler temperatures.

Our version of this beloved classic contains all the essentials that make a pumpkin spice latte so delicious: pumpkin puree, pie spice, and brown sugar. However, we’ve added a few extra touches to make this recipe truly special. With a pinch of nutmeg and ginger, as well as a dash of vanilla extract, our Spiced Pumpkin Latte has just the right amount of complexity to make savoring each sip a treat for your taste buds.

One of the best things about this Spiced Pumpkin Latte recipe is its versatility. Whether you prefer dairy-free oat milk or classic skim milk, you can easily modify the recipe to suit your dietary needs or preferences. Additionally, the recipe is versatile enough that it can be enjoyed hot or cold – perfect for when you want an iced latte on a warm autumn day.

Not only is our Spiced Pumpkin Latte comforting and delicious, but it’s also incredibly easy to make at home. No more waiting in long lines or paying steep prices for a cup of coffee – our recipe allows you to indulge in this treat from the comfort of your own kitchen.

So why not try making our Spiced Pumpkin Latte recipe for yourself? Not only will you love how it tastes, but its delightful aroma will fill your kitchen and brighten up even the gloomiest autumn day.

Ingredient List

 Warm up with our creamy Spiced Pumpkin Latte!
Warm up with our creamy Spiced Pumpkin Latte!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this incredible Spiced Pumpkin Latte Recipe:

  • 1½ cups of strongly brewed coffee or 2 shots of espresso
  • 1 cup skim milk, oat, almond or any plant-based milk
  • 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar or puree sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice plus a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • whipped cream for topping (optional)


  • For the pumpkin puree, you can use canned pumpkin that’s available at grocery stores or make your own by boiling and mashing homemade pumpkin.

  • If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, simply mix 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon.

  • For a vegan version of the latte, replace the milk with almond and skip the whipped cream.

  • To make an instant version of this recipe, use bottled pumpkin spice sauce, brewed coffee and top up to fill with hot frothed milk.

Get these ingredients ready before we proceed to make a perfect spiced pumpkin latte.

The Recipe How-To

 Fall in love with the flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
Fall in love with the flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Now that we have the ingredients, it’s time to get into the fun part of making a spiced pumpkin latte from scratch. Following these easy steps will give you a perfect cup of spice latte in no time.

Step 1: Brew coffee

Start with brewing a strong coffee. This can be done with an espresso machine, Keurig, or drip coffee maker. For this recipe, 2 shots of brewed espresso will do the trick. If you don’t have access to a coffee maker or espresso machine, instant coffee granules can be used as an alternative.

Step 2: Make the Pumpkin Spice Sauce

In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool.

Step 3: Combine the Ingredients

In a blender, combine the brewed coffee, 3 tablespoons of pumpkin spice sauce, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend until it’s smooth and frothy.

Step 4: Serve

Once everything is combined in the blender, you can serve your homemade spiced pumpkin latte. You can add whipped cream on top along with some more pumpkin spice for extra flavor.

There you have it! A delicious and budget-friendly homemade spiced pumpkin latte that you can enjoy at home anytime.

Substitutions and Variations

 Savor the taste of the season with each sip of our delicious latte.
Savor the taste of the season with each sip of our delicious latte.

Let’s face it – the beauty of cooking is that you can always put a personal spin on a recipe, tailoring it to meet your preferences and dietary restrictions. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try to add a different dimension to the classic Spiced Pumpkin Latte Recipe:

1. Plant-based milk: If you prefer vegan or dairy-free options, oat milk, almond milk, or soy milk can be used instead of skim milk.

2. Sweetener: While brown sugar and maple syrup are commonly used sweeteners in the recipe, feel free to use honey, agave nectar or any other natural sweetener of your choice.

3. Espresso shots: If you crave an extra caffeine boost in your pumpkin spice latte, swap out 1/2 cup of brewed coffee for 2 shots of brewed espresso.

4. Pumpkin pie spice: The secret ingredient behind the iconic autumnal flavor of the latte is pumpkin pie spice. However, if you don’t have any on hand at home, mix a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger (1/2 teaspoon each).

5. Whipped cream topping: A dollop of freshly whipped cream enhances the drink’s velvety texture and adds a festive touch! But if you prefer something lighter, swap it out for a sprinkle of cinnamon powder or serve with dairy-free whipped cream.

6. Blended or iced version: Though typically served hot, this pumpkin spice latte can be enjoyed cold too! Mix all ingredients (minus whipped topping), blend with ice until creamy smoothie consistency, top with cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Remember, there are no strict rules! Be creative and have fun experimenting with different flavors until you come up with a combo that excites your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 Get cozy and let the warmth of our Spiced Pumpkin Latte embrace you.
Get cozy and let the warmth of our Spiced Pumpkin Latte embrace you.

A Spiced Pumpkin Latte is a perfect pick-me-up for a chilly autumn day. Sipping a freshly brewed Pumpkin Spice Latte will transport you to cozy sweater weather feeling in an instant. Pair this sweet and spicy latte with a slice of aromatic homemade pumpkin pie, or a fall-inspired coffee cake for the ultimate indulgence.

The creaminess and sweetness of the latte complement the warm and comforting flavors of pumpkin pie or any baked good. For those looking for something lighter, serve it alongside oatmeal or yogurt with granola and fresh fruits.

This latte also pairs well with savory dishes like quiche or sandwiches. The caffeine boost from the coffee will help balance the richness of these meals, giving you an ideal lunch combo.

When serving your Spiced Pumpkin Latte, feel free to add some whipped cream on top, and sprinkle some cinnamon powder or nutmeg on it. These garnishes can add an extra layer of flavor and make the presentation more visually appealing.

Whether enjoyed alone, with friends, or paired with food, this Pumpkin Spice Latte is definitely one to sip and savor.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Indulge in the perfect balance of sweet and spicy in every cup.
Indulge in the perfect balance of sweet and spicy in every cup.

The Spiced Pumpkin Latte Recipe is perfect to make ahead to ensure you always have a delicious coffee on hand. For best results, make the pumpkin-spiced syrup, coffee and milk mixture separately and store them in individual airtight containers in the fridge. When ready to serve, simply reheat the milk-pumpkin mixture in a saucepan over low heat (or the microwave) and mix with the coffee and syrup.

The spiced pumpkin syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It’s perfect for making multiple lattes throughout the week or when unexpected guests drop by.

If making a large batch of Spiced Pumpkin Lattes, it is not recommended to add whipped cream as it doesn’t hold well. Instead, reserve it as a topping when serving.

For those who enjoy their latte chilled or blended, simply let the milk-pumpkin mixture cool before mixing with brewed coffee and syrup, then blend with a handful of ice cubes for a delicious pumpkin spice frappuccino.

It’s worth noting that almond milk or oat milk can be used instead of skim milk for a dairy-free option, but it may not create the same creamy texture. For those who prefer a low-calorie version of this fall favorite, substitute brown sugar with maple syrup and reduce its quantity.

By making ahead and storing separate components, you’ll be able to indulge in your homemade Spiced Pumpkin Latte whenever you want without compromising on taste or quality.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Bring the autumn spirit to your morning routine with our latte.
Bring the autumn spirit to your morning routine with our latte.

To ensure that you create the perfect spiced pumpkin latte every time, here are some tips that will make all the difference.

1. Use Freshly Ground Spices

Ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger can quickly lose their potency when left unused for an extended period. Therefore, it is essential to get freshly ground spices to make your spiced pumpkin latte taste amazing.

2. Brew Strong Coffee or Espresso

A robust coffee blend or espresso helps mitigate the sweetness of the latte while providing excellent depth of flavor. The brewed coffee should be concentrated so it can hold up against the milk and spices.

3. Control the Sweetness

The sweetness of a spiced pumpkin latte varies depending on individual preference. However, controlling the level of sweetness is crucial. Rather than using sugary syrups, try sweetening your latte with brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.

4. Froth Your Milk Appropriately

A well-frothed milk layer on top of your spiced pumpkin latte adds a creamy and velvety texture to your beverage. It would be best if you frothed your milk at 150-160°F with a proper steam wand or milk frother.

5. Make a Large Batch of Pumpkin Spice Mix

You can always have homemade pumpkin spice mix on hand by making a large batch in advance. This way, you can add as much spice as you like to your latte without taking up more preparation time.

6. Experiment with Milk Alternatives

If you’re not a fan of skim milk, try substituting it with oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or dairy-free creamer to create a vegan-friendly version with low calories.

7. Add Some Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce

The whipped cream adds an irresistible fluffy texture to your spiced pumpkin latte. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top of the latte and finish off with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for added richness.

By following these tips, you can take your homemade spiced pumpkin latte to the next level and impress your friends and family this fall season.


Now that you’ve mastered the spiced pumpkin latte recipe, you may have some questions about the ingredients or preparation methods. Don’t worry; I’m here to help ease your concerns and answer any frequently asked questions about this delicious fall favorite. So, let’s explore the most commonly asked questions about pumpkin spice latte and its ingredients.

What does Starbucks put in their Pumpkin Spice Latte?

To make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, we combine milk, our delicious pumpkin spice sauce, brewed espresso, an indulgent dollop of whipped cream, and top it with a sprinkling of pumpkin spice seasoning, which is an irresistible blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

What is in Pumpkin Spice Latte?

This popular autumn coffee drink is known as the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which consists of a blend of traditional seasonal spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, mixed with steamed milk and espresso. It is usually sweetened with sugar and garnished with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. This beverage gained fame after being first introduced by Starbucks during the fall season of 2003.

How many pumps of pumpkin spice in a latte?

According to me, if you order a Starbucks grande pumpkin spice latte, it comes with two shots of espresso, four pumps of pumpkin spice sauce, whipped cream on top, and 2% milk.

Bottom Line

After all of these instructions and details, you might wonder: why bother with making spiced pumpkin latte at home? There are some valid reasons. Firstly, it is much cheaper to make a homemade version of your favorite coffee drink. Secondly, by making it yourself, you have full control over the ingredients and can adjust flavors or sweetness to your liking. Finally, creating a spiced pumpkin latte at home is an experience in itself, and one that can be enjoyed with friends and family.

In conclusion, this homemade spiced pumpkin latte recipe is a great way to celebrate fall and enjoy the comfort of a warm cup of coffee. With the right ingredients on hand and following these simple steps, anyone can create a flavorful and satisfying drink that is perfect for cozy mornings or chilly afternoons. So go ahead and give it a try! Your taste buds will thank you later.

Spiced Pumpkin Latte

Spiced Pumpkin Latte Recipe

This is a good one for chilly Autumn nights and it's a fairly simple recipe. I found it on
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Calories 129.9 kcal


  • 1/2 cup ground coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 cups skim milk
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • whipped cream
  • ground nutmeg


  • Place coffee in the filter of a drip coffee maker.
  • Add water and brew the coffee.
  • While the coffee brews, combine in a large saucepan the milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and 1/8 tsp nutmeg.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until steaming. Remove from heat.
  • Divide the coffee into five mugs.
  • Add the milk mixture and stir.
  • Top with whipped cream and a light sprinkling of nutmeg (or cinnamon).

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Serving: 270gCalories: 129.9kcalCarbohydrates: 25.9gProtein: 6.3gFat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 181.9mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 15.4g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Easy, Halloween, Inexpensive, Pumpkin, Thanksgiving, Vegetable
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