How to Make Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL)

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Decadent pumpkin spice latte made with pumpkin spice syrup from scratch. See how easy it is to make this cozy drink at home.

Pumpkin spice latte in mugs with whipped cream and cinnamon stick garnish.

About This Pumpkin Spice Latte

Nothing says fall like pumpkin spice latte (shortened to “PSL” to hardcore fans) and it’s the perfect morning or afternoon drink to warm you up in the cooler months.

  • This pumpkin spice latte is made from scratch, using a homemade pumpkin spice syrup that’s added to the coffee and decadent cream topping.
  • Don’t want to make pumpkin spice syrup from scratch? No problem! This recipe works with store-bought syrup too.
  • Can be made with espresso or strong brewed coffee. A coffee machine, French press, Nespresso, or a Keurig will all work to make strong coffee.
  • Pumpkin spice syrup is made with a blend of spices, pumpkin puree, and sugar so it flavors and sweetens the coffee. Recipe includes how to make one batch of pumpkin spice syrup so make it once and turn your regular coffee (or tea) into a pumpkin spice latte all week.

If you’re a fan of flavored coffee, try my Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Iced Vanilla Latte, Iced Mexican Coffee, Brown Sugar Iced Coffee, and Whipped Mocha.

Pumpkin spice latte ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

Step-by-step photos on now to make pumpkin spice latte.

Here’s a quick overview of the steps to make this drink. For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

Steps to Make Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Make pumpkin spice cream topping.
    Use a handheld milk frother to whisk together pumpkin spice syrup and heavy cream. Set aside.
  2. Warm or steam milk.
  3. Assemble drink.
    Pour coffee into a cup and stir in milk (steamed or warm) and pumpkin spice syrup. Top with pumpkin spice cream topping. Garnish with a dusting of ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.
Four photo collage on how to make pumpkin spice.

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Syrup from Scratch

  1. Add all pumpkin spice ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
    Stir to make sure sugar has completely dissolved.
  2. Strain.
    A mesh strainer makes it easy to separate any solids.
  3. Cool and store pumpkin spice syrup in an airtight bottle.
    It’ll keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Shake before using.

Serving Suggestion

Dress up the drink with ground cinnamon and a stick of cinnamon to make it festive. The cinnamon stick is purely decorative, so it’s completely optional.

Coffee Options

  • Strong coffee made in a coffee machine
    Use your regular coffee machine but make the coffee strong by using more coffee grounds than you normally would for a cup of coffee. Use 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee to make one cup.
  • Espresso
    Instead of strong coffee, use 2 shots of espresso and add water to make a cup.
  • Nespresso or Keurig
    Use a pod or capsule to make one cup of coffee. A dark roast would be best.

Notes & Tips

  • My trick to making perfect whipped cream for drinks is to use a handheld milk frother. It literally takes seconds to make fluffy whipped cream.
  • The whipped cream topping can both be made ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator in airtight container and it will keep for up to 2 days.
  • The pumpkin spice syrup can also be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight bottle for up to a week.

Questions You May Have

Which coffee option is the best for this recipe?

Espresso would be my first choice then any strong coffee made from a coffee machine, Nespresso, or Keurig.

What’s in a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks?

The one at Starbucks is made with espresso, steamed milk (the same kind of milk used in lattes), Starbucks’ pumpkin spice sauce, whipped cream, and a pumpkin spice topping.

What’s in Starbucks’ pumpkin spice topping?

It’s a blend of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. AND sulfiting agents, whatever chemicals those are.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Author: Jee Choe
Decadent pumpkin spice latte made with pumpkin spice syrup from scratch.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Cream Topping

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Make pumpkin spice cream topping.
    Use a handheld milk frother to whisk together pumpkin spice syrup and heavy cream. Set aside.
    The cream topping can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for 2 days in an airtight container. Give it a stir to fluff it back up.
  • Heat or steam milk.
    Warm up milk on the stovetop, microwave, electric milk frother, or use a steam wand on your espresso machine.
  • Assemble drink.
    Into a cup of coffee, stir in milk (steamed or warm) and pumpkin spice syrup. Top with pumpkin spice cream topping. Garnish with a dusting of ground cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.

NOTES

TO MAKE STRONG COFFEE: Use 2-3 tablespoons of ground coffee to brew a strong cup in a coffee machine. If using an espresso machine, pull 2 shots of espresso and add hot water to get 1 cup. If using a Nespresso or Keurig machine, use 1 pod of capsule to make 1 cup of coffee.
TO MAKE WITH ESPRESSO: Use 2 shots of espresso and 3/4 cup milk instead of 1/4 cup.

NUTRITION

Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 973IU | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information is an estimate calculated using an online nutrition calculator.

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