Indulge in the warmth of autumn with this delectable Pumpkin Spice Latte. As the crisp air and falling leaves herald the arrival of the cozy season, there's no better way to embrace its comforts than with a mug of this spiced delight. Blending the richness of espresso or coffee with the velvety smoothness of milk, a touch of pumpkin puree, and a sprinkle of seasonal spices, my recipe is designed to awaken your senses and wrap you in a comforting embrace.
How to make a latte
A Latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. The name is derived from the Italian word and it literally translates to "milk" although the idea is to have coffee with the milk and not to drink just milk on its own.
Pumpkin spice latte at home
Pumpkin Spice Latte is the ultimate fall drink that you should try...that is if you’re one of the few people who is yet to sip this delicious drink! Think of it like this, it will boost your typical morning cup of coffee thanks to its warm flavor and soothing aroma.
What's in a pumpkin spice latte
The Pumpkin Spice Latte was invented by Starbucks and has many homemade versions. After I shared a homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe, I figured I should put it to the test. My recipe includes a Nespresso coffee that I drink daily at home, complete with some milk foam that I make with the Nespresso milk frother. I added pumpkin puree to my Pumpkin Spice Latte, some versions are only with the pumpkin spice and no actual pumpkin. Now I think that kind of misses the point if you just add the spice but not the pumpkin!
I garnished my drink with a cinnamon stick and sprinkled some more pumpkin pie spice on top. Because the main spice in the mix of pumpkin spice is cinnamon, it adds a simple yet appropriate touch - plus, it’s kind of cool stirring the drink with a cinnamon stick. If you prefer, you can garnish with some whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make the drink even more decadent. Just be sure to use a bigger mug so you have space for it!
The amount of sugar in the recipe is up to you - I added 2 teaspoons but you can add more or less according to your taste which is always better with homemade versions of food and drinks.
You can make the drink in a cup to go and enjoy it on a chilly morning on your way to work, I know I would! The recipe yields one cup if you need more, just double or triple the ingredients.
Tips to enhance your Pumpkin Spice Latte-making experience
Start with high-quality ingredients, including fresh pumpkin puree, good quality espresso or brewed coffee, and fresh spices. This will make a noticeable difference in the final taste.
If possible, make your own pumpkin puree from roasted pumpkin rather than using canned puree. It will provide a fresher and more authentic flavor.
Adjust the amount of pumpkin spice according to your taste preferences. If you enjoy stronger flavors, you can increase the spice slightly, but be careful not to overpower the drink.
Choose the type of milk you prefer—dairy or non-dairy (like almond, oat, or soy milk). Each type of milk will give a slightly different flavor and texture to your latte.
Achieving the perfect milk foam is essential for the latte's creamy texture. Use a milk frother or steam wand if you have one, and practice until you get the desired consistency.
Adjust the sugar amount to suit your sweetness preference. You can use alternatives like honey, maple syrup, or a sugar substitute if desired.
If you're not using espresso, opt for strong brewed coffee. This will ensure that the coffee flavor stands up to the other ingredients.
If you enjoy extra indulgence, consider topping your latte with a dollop of whipped cream.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes are best enjoyed fresh. Serve right after preparation to savor the flavors and warmth.
Make it your own by adding a dash of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, or even a tiny bit of finely grated orange zest for extra depth of flavor.
A Pumpkin Spice Latte, often abbreviated as PSL, is a popular seasonal coffee beverage that combines espresso or coffee with steamed milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and sweetener. It's a beloved fall drink known for its warm, spiced flavors.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes are typically available at coffee shops and cafes during the fall and sometimes into early winter. They're associated with the autumn season and the cozy vibes it brings. When making pumpkin spice latte at home you can of course make it any time year round.
Absolutely! Making a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home is quite simple. All you need are basic ingredients like milk, pumpkin puree, spices, coffee, and sweetener.
Pumpkin spice typically consists of a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. This combination creates the signature warm and aromatic flavor associated with pumpkin spice.
Yes, you can use fresh pumpkin, but it requires some additional steps. You'll need to roast, peel, and puree the pumpkin before adding it to your latte. Canned pumpkin puree is more convenient and widely used.
Yes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are usually on the sweeter side due to the addition of sweeteners like sugar or syrups. However, you can adjust the sweetness to your preference when making it at home.
Yes, if you prefer a caffeine-free version, you can omit the coffee or espresso and make a pumpkin spice steamer by using just milk, pumpkin puree, and spices.
You can use any type of milk you prefer, such as dairy milk, almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk. Each type of milk will contribute its own flavor and texture to the latte.
Absolutely! You can customize your Pumpkin Spice Latte by adjusting the amount of spices, sweetness, and even experimenting with additional flavors like vanilla extract or caramel.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes can be quite indulgent due to the sugar and calorie content. Consider opting for lower-fat milk or non-dairy alternatives and adjusting the sweetener amount to make a slightly healthier version.
Yes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes usually contain real pumpkin puree, which contributes to the drink's flavor and texture.
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For more recipes with pumpkin check out my pumpkin recipe index.
Make pumpkin spice latte today!
Making the perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte might take a bit of practice, so don't be discouraged if your first attempt isn't exactly as you envisioned. Adjust the recipe to your taste, have fun experimenting, and relish in the delightful fall flavors.
Whether you're sipping it on a brisk morning or treating yourself in the afternoon, this Pumpkin Spice Latte promises to be your perfect companion through the enchanting days of fall.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin puree
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 espresso shot or ¼ cup brewed coffee
- ¼ cup milk foam
- Cinnamon stick
- In a small pot, boil the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar and pumpkin spice.
- Make the espresso or pour the brewed coffee into a mug.
- Pour the warm milk on the espresso.
- Add the milk foam on top.
- Garnish and serve.
- Sip away this delicious drink!