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two glasses of pumpkin spice latte with a pumpkin

How to Make a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Skip Starbucks this fall and make your own healthy and delicious pumpkin spice latte at home instead. This easy recipe shows you how to make this hot, cozy coffee drink with a few basic ingredients. You'll definitely be coming back for a refill!



For the Pumpkin Milk Concentrate (3 cups)

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (104g)
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon light brown sugar, lightly packed (60g)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk (240 ml)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (240 ml)

For the Latte & Decoration

  • 2 cups freshly brewed strong coffee (or 1 cup espresso)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, for decoration
  • Pumpkin pie spice, for decoration


Making the Pumpkin Milk

  1. Place the puree, brown sugar, pie spice, and black pepper in a small saucepan. Stir continuously over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, until the puree begins to bubble and sizzle and smells spicy.  Mix in the vanilla extract, then spoon the mixture into a small bowl.
  2. Pour the milk and heavy whipping cream into the same saucepan and set over medium heat, whisking occasionally.  When it begins to steam, add the puree concentrate and whisk continuously until well blended and smooth.
  3. Pour the milk into a blender and blend for at least 60 seconds on high speed.
  4. Use immediately, or pour into a glass jar, seal tightly, and refrigerate for up to 5 days.  Re-blend the milk or shake well before using.

Assembling and Decorating the Latte

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of coffee and 2/3 cup of the milk mixture into a glass or mug to make one latte.  Gently stir to combine.  Serve warm or poured over ice.
  2. Pour 1 cup of heavy whipping cream into a small mixing bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Pipe or spoon the whipped cream on top of the latte, then sprinkle a little pie spice over it.  Serve immediately.


  • Use fresh spices for the best flavor and aroma.
  • Cook the pumpkin mixture until it sizzles.  This removes any "squash" flavor and enhances the spicy taste.
  • Blend the milk mixture thoroughly. This foams the milk and prevents settling.
  • Use freshly brewed coffee or espresso (less than 20 minutes old).
  • In a hurry?  Make the milk mixture ahead of time and refrigerate for up to 5 days.  Reheat before making the latte.
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade, starbucks