Make the same creamy, fragrant, full-flavored pumpkin spice latte recipe as Starbucks at home!

A sweet syrup flavored with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice is poured into a mug with espresso coffee and topped with foamed milk.

Perfect for sipping and dipping and dunking your favorite fall cookies into, pumpkin spice lattes are the only way to usher in the autumn season!

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Our Favorite PSL Recipe

  • Nothing feels like fall more than that first sip of a PSL! This recipe keeps you out of the spendy Starbucks or McDonald’s drive-through with an easy-to-make hot or iced coffee version! Let the cozy vibes begin!
  • This recipe can be made low-caffeine and lower in calories. Just use espresso shots or coffee, and switch out the milk for your fave non-dairy alternative!
  • Feeling boozy? Spike your PSL with a shot of Bailey’s Irish cream, brandy, or rum and a dollop of whipped cream!
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What’s in a Pumpkin Spice Latte?

This recipe is made from scratch – all the way down to the syrup! The good part is you can tweak the amounts to your preferences and have the syrup ready when you want a hot, comforting latte!

Pumpkin – This drink is all about the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin spice! Use canned puree instead of pie filling (which has seasonings in it you might not want) and buy pumpkin spice or DIY your own blend here for future pies, pancakes, and muffins! Got leftover pumpkin puree? Use it to make pumpkin butter or a fragrant batch of sweet, moist pumpkin bread or pumpkin hand pies!

Espresso – No need for fancy espresso makers. Buy instant espresso or use regular coffee made extra strong.

Sugar – Light or dark brown sugar works in this recipe, and even honey or maple syrup. Make a sugar-free version using liquid Swerve or Monkfruit.

Milk – Whole milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream definitely add rich and creamy flavors, but non-dairy alternatives like almond, soy, coconut, or oat milk will work.

PRO TIP: Oat milk is closer to milk for its creamy texture but almond milk has the fewest calories. Add a few cloves or slices of ginger to the heated milk for a more chai-flavored PSL. For a boost of nutrition, stir a little vanilla protein powder into the milk.

Toppings – A dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a few chocolate shavings will make PSL’s Insta-worthy!

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How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Prepare the PSL syrup as directed in the recipe below.
  2. Brew the espresso or strong coffee and stir both into a prepared mug.
  3. Top with frothed milk.
  4. Top with whipped cream or a sprinkle of pumpkin spice, if desired.
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Tips for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes

  • Make sure all of your ingredients are ready before starting.
  • If you don’t have an espresso maker for frothing milk, simply blend it in a small blender to whip air into it.
  • Freeze leftover pumpkin in ice cube trays for future PSLs!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

This pumpkin spice latte is a warm and comforting fall beverage.
Cook Time 10 minutes
15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Author I Don’t Have Time For That




Pumpkin Brown Sugar Syrup

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin brown sugar syrup or to taste
  • 1 ½ ounces espresso
  • ½ cup frothed milk (hot or cold)


Make the Syrup 

  • Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the water, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. 
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until all of the sugar has dissolved— about five minutes. 
  • Allow the mixture to cool and then transfer it to an airtight container. Store the syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use. 

Make the Latte 

  • Combine the pumpkin brown sugar syrup and espresso in the bottom of a mug. Pour the frothed milk over the espresso.
  • Top with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, if desired. Enjoy. 


Light or dark brown sugar will work in this recipe. 
Any milk will work in this recipe (even non-dairy) although whole milk will make the thickest, creamiest latte. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 121g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 116g | Vitamin A: 9636IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American

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  1. Just have a question. Where it says Espresso, are you using already made espresso or an espresso powder? If using a Frother, can you use coffee creamer, or do you have to use milk?

    1. Hi Patty, we used already-made espresso but you could also use strongly brewed coffee or coffee powder. We haven’t tried using coffee creamer but I think that would taste great! Let us know how it works out for you.