Make your very own pumpkin spice latte at home! This easy and delicious pumpkin spice latte can be made on the stovetop. It’s fresh, fragrant and spiced with your favourite seasonal flavours.
Would you believe that this is the first pumpkin spice latte that I’ve ever had? It might seem crazy to my American readers, but here in Australia they are hard to find!
I’m so glad I tried this delicious drink and I can confidently say that I’m addicted now. Skip the Starbucks queue and try making it yourself. You won’t regret it!
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte
To make a pumpkin spice latte at home you will need:
- A medium saucepan
- A whisk or wooden spoon
- Two suitable coffee cups / jars
- A small sieve
- A coffee machine / press / brewer
1. You will begin by adding all the ingredients (EXCEPT the espresso shots) to a medium saucepan.
2. Heat over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until just bubbling around the edges. You don’t want to burn the milk or let it boil over!
3. Meanwhile, prepare espresso shots into your two glasses. Place a small sieve over the coffee cup.
Using brewed coffee: if you don’t have a coffee machine to make espresso shots, you can use hot brewed coffee instead. Replace 1 cup of milk with 1 cup of very strong brewed coffee – in this case, the coffee will be added to the saucepan and not the cup.
4. Strain the hot milk mixture over the espresso shots. If you want a very silky smooth latte, you can use a sheet of cheesecloth or muslin to strain the mixture.
Note: a little bit of sediment will settle at the bottom of the cup. You can leave this at the bottom and avoid drinking it (to have a very smooth latte) or stir it in well and drink the spice grounds. I personally don’t mind the texture of the spice grounds, but this is up to individual preference.
5. Enjoy your delicious frothy spiced pumpkin latte! I love to top my latte with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
How to make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
To turn your latte into an iced latte, you should:
- Pour your espresso shot.
- Add lots of ice (larger cubes are better).
- Strain the milk mixture over the ice. Stir well and enjoy!
Even in summer, you can enjoy a refreshing iced pumpkin spice latte.
Top Tips & FAQs
Can I use non-dairy milk?
Yes! Substitute 2 cups of cow’s milk for any sort of plant-based milk. I like soy milk for its thicker texture.
Do I have to strain the mixture?
Straining the mixture removes large or gritty pieces of spice/pumpkin. You can skip straining if you are okay with a small amount of grittiness.
Can I use pumpkin pie filling?
No. It is best to use unsweetened pumpkin puree. You can make pumpkin puree from scratch using my recipe here.
Does this recipe taste like the Starbucks one?
Yes, except even more fresh and fragrant with a more distinct pumpkin flavour. You can also adjust the level of sweetness to your liking.
Does this recipe use pumpkin pie syrup?
No, this recipe uses fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. But you can make a copycat Starbucks pumpkin pie syrup using my recipe here.
Do I have to use brown sugar?
No, you can use regular granulated white sugar. Note that it may take longer to dissolve, so stir the mixture well on the stove.
I can’t find pumpkin pie spice!
You can use “mixed spice” in place of pumpkin pie spice. This is much more popular in Australia and the UK. You can also make your own pumpkin pie spice from scratch.
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 2 espresso shots (see notes for using instant/brewed coffee)
- In a medium saucepan, add brown sugar, milk, pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture just begins to bubble. Turn off heat.
- Prepare two suitable coffee cups (at least 250 mL / 8.5 oz capacity) and pour an espresso shot in each.
- Using a small sieve, strain an even amount of pumpkin spice mixture over each espresso shot. Stir and enjoy.
- These lattes should be drunk immediately and are not designed to keep.
Substitutions & Tips
- To make iced lattes: pour espresso. Top with lots of ice then strain over pumpkin mixture.
- Milk: you can use any non-dairy milk instead of cow's milk, if desired.
- Brown sugar: you can also use an equal amount of granulated sugar, however note that this will take longer to dissolve.
- Pumpkin spice: if you can't find pumpkin spice, you can use an equal amount of 'mixed spice' which is similar. You can also make pumpkin spice yourself using my recipe here.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 Latte
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 8.8gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 26.5gFiber: -gSugar: 23gProtein: 9.1g