Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Spruce / Julia Estrada

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
226 Calories
7g Fat
33g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 339mg 26%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 580mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pumpkin spice latte is the fall drink we love (or sometimes just love to hate). Made famous by that mega chain of coffee worship we all know, it's the harbinger of all things autumn. Some people dread its seasonal arrival, but hundreds of thousands line up for it every fall.

Originally developed in early 2003—before the pumpkin spice-everything craze had begun—the first version of this drink contained spices, but no actual pumpkin. It was a huge success, leading to many other pumpkin spice-flavored foods and beverages. By 2015, the recipe was changed to include actual pumpkin puree as an ingredient.

Regular coffee consists of grounds filtered through water, but a latte contains steamed milk. In the case of pumpkin spice latte, the coffee is actually hot espresso mixed with milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, and warming fall spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. It's topped with sweet whipped cream and a light dusting of more spice.

The overwhelming popularity of the PSL has meant that its appearance at the famous coffee chain begins earlier and earlier each season. In fact, it's being served at the end of August, far ahead of regular pumpkin season. For those who are not ready to face all things pumpkin so early, that might not be good news. But for the far larger majority who eagerly await the drink each year, there's even better news: the pumpkin spice latte is actually quite easy to make at home at a far more affordable price. Nor will you be at the mercy of the store's launch schedule.

A few simple, pantry staples added to your regular morning coffee can turn a regular pot of Joe into the beloved seasonal pumpkin creation anytime you want.


  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

  • 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup brewed espresso, or very strongly brewed coffee

  • 2 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pumpkin Spice Latte ingredients

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  2. Add the unsweetened pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and espresso to a small pot.

    unsweetened pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and espresso in a pot

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  3. Bring to a simmer on a medium low flame and whisk occasionally until the pumpkin puree has been incorporated and the sugar and spices dissolved.

    pumpkin puree, sugar and spices cooking together in a pot

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  4. Add the milk to a second pot or to a microwave safe jar and heat just enough to warm through.

    milk in a small pot

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  5. Whisk the milk vigorously until it begins to foam or froth. Alternately, if you have a milk frother wand, use this to create the foam desired.

    frothed milk in a saucepan

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  6. Pour the hot coffee mixture into a mug and then pour in the frothy milk.

    milk poured over coffee mix in a cup

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  7. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon, if desired.

    Pumpkin Spice Latte

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