With winter just around the corner, several things come to mind; flannelette sheets, fuzzy socks, slippers and, of course, pumpkin spice lattes. And if pumpkin spice latte is actually on your mind, don’t worry about getting it from a store, we have something even better – the most delicious pumpkin spice latte recipe you can make from the comfort of your home.
So, avoid the crowds and hefty prices at your local coffee shop and spend a cosy morning at home without missing a thing. This toasty pumpkin spice latte recipe uses real pumpkin puree and an array of spices to bring you an irresistible morning pick-me-up.
If a pumpkin spice latte recipe doesn’t sound like a good fit for you, but you still crave a morning treat, check out our other recipes, boasting a delicious chai latte, matcha latte and caramel latte. Here at teapigs, we have something for everyone.
Before we jump into how to make pumpkin spice latte, let’s cover the basics, like what exactly is a pumpkin latte anyway.
What is a pumpkin spice latte?
You may have seen pumpkin spice lattes popping up on your Instagram or Pinterest feed, advertised in your local coffee shop window or carried in the hands of your favourite TV characters. But you may still be unclear on what a pumpkin spice latte is, never fear; we are here to fill you in with all the details.
A pumpkin latte combines a sweet and spicy flavour, made with a coffee base and topped with steamed milk and a blend of spices, typically including some of the following: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Usually, a pumpkin spice flavouring will be added, including pumpkin puree. Finally, a pumpkin spice latte recipe is usually topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon.
Does the description have you craving one right now? Luckily for you, up next, we dive into how to make pumpkin spice latte with our delicious pumpkin spice latte recipe.
How to make pumpkin spice latte?
Okay, the time has come; we are going to share with you exactly how to make pumpkin spice latte, the authentic way! This pumpkin spice latte recipe will allow you to indulge in a delicious pumpkin latte whenever you feel like it.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Nutritional value (rough estimate per serving): 244 calories, 9g of fat, 31g of carbohydrates, 2g of fibre, 27g of sugar and 9g of protein.
Let’s see what goes into an amazing pumpkin spice latte recipe!
- Coffee: 4 shots of espresso or 1 cup of hot home-brewed coffee.
- 2 cups of milk.
- 6 tbsp of pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp of cinnamon (save half for dusting)
- ¼ tsp of nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp of ground cloves
- 2 to 4 tbsp of maple syrup, sweeten to taste.
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- Whipped cream for topping.
Pumpkin spice latte recipe notes:
Coffee: The type of coffee will depend on what you have available at home; we recommend either using four shots of espresso or one cup of hot home-brewed coffee.
Milk: You can either use full cream milk or the alternative milk of your choice in the pumpkin spice latte recipe.
Spices: The pumpkin spice latte recipes typically have ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon as their main spices. These spices add a warm, cosy and slightly sweet flavour profile to the drink.
Let's explore their individual flavours for which they’re included in a pumpkin spice latte recipe. Ginger adds a slightly spicy and earthy flavour. There's a subtle hint of sweetness also in ginger. Cloves, on the other hand, add a warm and slightly bitter taste. And nutmeg adds a warm and slightly sweet flavour. Lastly, cinnamon adds a sweet and woody taste.
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the flavour and aroma of a pumpkin spice latte. It adds a sweet and creamy note to the drink. It can balance out the spicy notes from the ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, and bring a smooth and comforting flavour to the drink.
Equipment: These’re all you’ll need for the pumpkin spice latte recipe - milk frother, small pot, coffee maker (espresso or brew) and your favourite mug.
Finally let’s see how to make a pumpkin spice latte!
Step 1: Depending on your preferred method, prepare your coffee and place it in a mug to the side.
Step 2: Grab a small pot and place it on the stove, then grab the milk and bring it almost to a simmer (be careful not to boil the milk, we are just heating it).
Step 3: Then, we will take your mug of coffee and add the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, spices and vanilla essence. Mix until all ingredients are properly blended.
Step 4: Using a milk frother, froth the milk, then pour it into the coffee mixture.
Step 5: Voila, it’s time to decorate. Jazz up your drink with some whipped cream and cinnamon dusting.
Secret tricks and tips to make the best pumpkin latte
Although our pumpkin spice latte recipe will do most of the work in ensuring you end up with a tasty concoction, we have a few tips and tricks to make sure you really nail this recipe:
- Use real pumpkin puree; although some recipes recommend using canned pumpkin, our pumpkin spice latte recipe uses real pumpkin as it gives your latte more natural sweetness.
- Use quality coffee. Like with any latte, the base matters.
- Make sure to heat the milk properly; nobody likes a lukewarm latte.
- Get the sweetener ratio right for your preference! Use our pumpkin spice latte recipe as a guide but make sure to taste test as you add the maple syrup.
- Experiment! The best way to improve your pumpkin latte recipe for your tastebuds is to experiment.
FAQs on pumpkin spice latte
Q. What ingredients are in a pumpkin spice latte?
A: While ingredients may differ from recipe to recipe, generally speaking, the ingredients used in a pumpkin spice latte recipe are as follows: pumpkin spice mix or a DIY blend of spices, including those found in our pumpkin spice latte recipe, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and ground cloves. Coffee, milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract and whipped cream for topping.
Q. What is the taste of a pumpkin spice latte?
A: A pumpkin spice latte recipe blends sweet with a little bit of spice. It typically has a warm, creamy taste that reminds many people of the taste of pumpkin pie.
Q. Why is a pumpkin spice latte so sweet?
A. The pumpkin puree adds a natural sweetness to the pumpkin spice latte recipe, making it sweet and delicious. Furthermore, maple syrup is included in the pumpkin spice latte recipe as a sweetener. You can adjust the amount of maple syrup used based on your preferences.
Q. How many pumps of pumpkin spice are in a latte?
A. If you visit a coffee shop, they’ll likely have prebatched pumpkin spice in a bottle rather than adding each spice by the teaspoon at the store. If this is the case, they may simply add a pump of pumpkin spice into your latte; the amount they use will depend on the location and the cafe's personal recipe. Usually, about 2-3 pumps of pumpkin spice would be added to a pumpkin spice latte recipe.