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Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

This copycat Starbucks pumpkin spice latte recipe perfectly blends espresso, milk, and autumn spice.

It’s easy, cozy, and captures the essence of fall in every sip.

Better yet, it’s a stunning replica of your go-to drive-through order – at a fraction of the price!

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Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is a beloved autumn classic.

It’s renowned for the flawless blend of mellow pumpkin and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. 

Of course, the limited, seasonal availability makes it a viral sensation. But now, you can enjoy it anytime with my homemade version.

So, get ready to save some money. Because once you make this pumpkin spice latte, Starbucks will be ruined for you!

Pumpkin Spice Latte on a table with mini pumpkins

Ingredients 

You’ll find the full recipe at the bottom of the page. But for now, here’s a quick list of what you’ll need:

  • Espresso or Strong Coffee: This serves as the coffee base, providing a rich caffeine kick. Make it as strong or mild as you prefer.
  • Pumpkin Puree: For creaminess and the unmistakable pumpkin taste.
  • Sugar: Brown or white will work. Either way, the sweetness enhances the pumpkin flavor. Feel free to use maple syrup or honey.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: The blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves delivers the iconic fall taste.
  • Milk: Use whole, almond, oat, or lactose-free. It all works well here.
  • Vanilla Extract: For warm sweetness.
  • Whipped Cream and Cinnamon: The optional garnish to push your latte over the top.
Whipped cream topped Pumpkin Spice Latte on a saucer with a muffin

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte 

Making your very own Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is a breeze. Here’s how it’s done:

1. Brew a pot of coffee. Since you’ll add extra milk, I recommend making it stronger than usual.

2. Make the pumpkin base. Heat the pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice until the sugar dissolves.

3. Froth the milk and heat. Blend the milk or use a frother to make it foamy. Then, add it and the vanilla to the pumpkin syrup and mix until hot.

4. Pour the brewed coffee into a mug and add the milk mix. Stir gently, and enjoy.

At this point, it’s ready to drink. But if you want to make it extra special, add some freshly whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg.

How to Froth Milk

Frothing milk is easy. And while a frother is handy, you don’t need fancy equipment.

Just remember to froth the milk separately -and cold – then add it to the drink.

Here’s a few options:

  • Pour the milk into a blender and pulse until frothy.
  • Shake it in a mason jar with the lid secured.
  • Get a milk frother and hit the button!
  • If you don’t have any of those tools, just grab a whisk and go to town.
Two glasses of iced pumpkin spice latte topped with whipped cream and cinnamon powder.

Tips and Variations

Looking to elevate your pumpkin spice latte experience? Check out these tips and variations to customize your autumn cup.

  • Adjust the caffeine content. For reference, a Starbucks tall has 75 mg, and a grande has 150 mg.
  • Adjust the sugar to your preference. Or substitute it with a sweetener like honey or maple syrup for a different flavor.
  • Pre-warm your mug before pouring the latte to keep it hot longer. Just add water, microwave it for 30 seconds, dump out the water, and add the drink.
  • Experiment with spices such as cloves, ginger, and cardamom. Or use pumpkin pie spice extract for a bolder pumpkin flavor.
  • Make it dairy-free. Substitute regular milk with almond, oat, or soy milk for a dairy-free option.
  • Drizzle caramel sauce on top for extra richness.

Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’m a die-hard iced coffee lover. So you’ll see me with a cup in hand even in the dead of winter.

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If that sounds familiar, check out this iced pumpkin spice latte recipe:

1. Heat the pumpkin, sugar, and spice mix until smooth and syrupy.

2. Stir in the vanilla, then let the syrup cool completely.

3. Pour cold brew coffee into a glass filled with ice.

4. Add the pumpkin syrup and top the glass up with milk.

5. Gently stir, top it off with whipped cream, and enjoy!

If you don’t have cold brew, you can make this with freshly brewed coffee or espresso. Just be sure to brew it ahead and let it cool.

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Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe