Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Latte

pumpkin-spice-latte-3It’s finally autumn, my favourite season! There are sooo many things I love about it. I usually end up planning way too many recipes, DIYs and weekend activities. For weeks I have been looking forward to smelling pumpkin soup, roasted chestnuts and a – of course, as every year – I have been waiting for Starbucks to finally sell their amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte. Yes, it’s pricy and yes, it contains probably way more calories than necessary. But anyway, I just couldn’t be happier walking through the city in autumn than with this spicy, sweet and satisfying coffee.

This year, however, I finally decided to tackle the task of making it at home, as there is no Starbucks close to where I live. I have to admit that making it from scratch was more work than I had expected. It basically took the whole Saturday afternoon, but I have to say that it turned out delicious and tasted quite close to the original one. So, without any further ado, let’s get to the recipe!

Ingredients (serves 2 big mugs):

For the pumpkin spice syrup:

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree*
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (see recipe)
  • black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the coffee:

  • ½ L (about 2 cups) whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla flavouring
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • whipped cream to top it off

Step 1: The pumpkin spice syrup

To make the most essential part of this drink, heat the pumpkin puree in a small pan with the pumpkin pie spice, a sprinkle of black pepper and the sugar. Stir it constantly until you have a thick, creamy syrup.

Step 2: Make the coffee

For the coffee base, heat up the milk with the vanilla flavouring. I constantly whisked it to make it even more frothy.

Step 3: Mix it all together!

Put one shot of espresso and half of the pumpkin spice syrup in each of your mugs. Take a small whisk and mix it until smooth. Add the hot milk and top it off with a generous amount of cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice!

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I hope you will enjoy this seasonal drink as much as we did, I will be adding the recipes for the pumpkin pie spice and the pumpkin puree as soon as I can!


*You can make your own pumpkin puree by cutting your favourite kind of pumpkin into small dices (after peeling it, if necessary), roasting it at 180°C in your oven for about 45 minutes and afterwards pureeing it in your blender.

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