DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

by alexandra

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With all of the pumpkin treats that pop up during the fall, overtaking our lives in their spicy pumpkin-y goodness, it only seems appropriate that we have a good pumpkin drink to go with them. Am I right? And chances are, most of us think of pumpkin drinks and think of one thing… Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice (nope, not that)…

Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Yum

So even though I love my Iced Caramel Lattes, I decided that it was time to switch it up because a) it’s supposed to be getting chilly (I’m not sure if the weather has made up its mind) and b) pumpkin drinks taste pretty good with pumpkin food. And since there’s going to be plenty more pumpkin food coming up here, I decided it was about time to share this recipe.

Turns out, making your own Pumpkin Spice Syrup is a snap. You need… pumpkin. And spices. And some simple syrup. Done. You can add it to foamed milk and espresso for a latte, or you can go the iced route, or even pair it with tea. (Between you and me, I was drinking Iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes for a while and they taste way better than they sound.) Once you’ve got your drink of choice, all you need is a tasty pumpkin treat (Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin, anyone?) and your morning is set. So seriously, go for it. You know you want to. :)


Pumpkin Spice Latte


Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups water (12 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (10 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (2 5/8 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground all spice

Pumpkin Spice Latte*

  • 3/4 cup milk, steamed or foamed (6 fluid ounces)**
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup, or to taste
  • 2 shots espresso***
  • whipped cream, for topping (optional)
  • pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon, for topping (optional)


To make the Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan set over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves into water. Add pumpkin and spices and whisk until smooth. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent boiling. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about half an hour. Transfer to a jar or other lidded container, straining if desired. Store in the refrigerator and shake well before using.

To make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Place desired amount of pumpkin syrup in a large thermos or mug. Add espresso or coffee and stir to combine. Pour frothed or steamed milk on top and stir lightly. Top with whipped cream and a dash of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon if desired. Enjoy!


*This is how I like to make my Pumpkin Spice Latte, but feel free to adjust the amounts of milk, syrup, and coffee to your taste.

**If you’re interested in getting a milk frother, this is the one I use and highly recommend!

***If you don’t have the ability to make espresso, I would try 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of a brewed dark roast, good quality coffee.

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 16, 2012

Yum, I love pumpkin in anything, especially my coffee!
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Riley October 16, 2012

Oh my gosh, I’m beyond excited to make this! It looks so fun!

alexandra October 18, 2012

Let me know how it goes if/when you get a chance to try it out!

Deb October 17, 2012

I am on the same wave length, pumpkin frenzy! I broke my Starbucks habit a while back but fondly recall my autumn addiction of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Your recipe is irresistible, a time and money saving way to savor the warming flavors of fall.

alexandra October 18, 2012

Go pumpkin! haha and Thanks :) Homemade lattes really are a great way to save money, because all those $4 lattes add up! They’re just as good homemade too :)

Claire P October 17, 2012

I really need to learn to like coffee! I love pumpkin spice tea. :)

alexandra October 18, 2012

Hah! Well you can use the syrup for tea too, like I said, so by all means go for it!

Kristin October 22, 2012

Thank you for making a printable version of your recipe! I can’t tell you how often I give up on making a recipe from someone’s blog because there isn’t a printer friendly option. I’m making this now because I just printed it off!!! :)

alexandra October 23, 2012

Of course! You can actually add recipe ingredients to a shopping list if you use Ziplist as well. I hope you enjoy the latte!

Alexa October 28, 2012

I just made this for a cool morning here in Atlanta… so delicious and much healthier than a sugary latte!

alexandra October 30, 2012

Yay! I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know. :)

K November 6, 2012

Can i use tea instead of coffee?

alexandra November 6, 2012

I haven’t tried it but if you like tea lattes I would definitely say yes! You can always use more or less milk if you know exactly how much milk you like with your tea.:)

Larissa koike March 3, 2014

Can I trade the canned pumpkin for stewed pumpkin? thanks!!!
Amazing blog!!

alexandra March 5, 2014

Thank you so much!! I would think that would be fine if your stewed pumpkin is really smooth and puréed, just like canned pumpkin.

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