Pumpkin spice latte

Pumpkin spice latte

5 min
Few treats signify a well-deserved 'me-time' break as a warm, aromatic pumpkin spice latte. This satisfying beverage combines the rich flavours of coffee or tea with the creamy texture of pumpkin purée, elevated by a symphony of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, this homemade version of the classic pumpkin spice latte is a delightful treat that brings cosy comfort to your cup.


  • Mix coffee or tea with pumpkin purée and spices.
  • Heat the milk and pour it over the coffee or tea. Mix well. Add honey if desired.
  • Top with lightly whipped cream and a little cinnamon.

Questions about pumpkin spice latte

Find out more about this delicious pumpkin spice latte recipe below!

What kind of coffee is best for a homemade pumpkin spice latte?
A robust and full-bodied espresso or strong brewed coffee provides a rich base that can stand up to the warm, aromatic flavours of pumpkin spice. If you're using espresso, aim for a traditional dark roast with chocolatey or nutty undertones. Brewed coffee can also work well, especially when choosing a darker roast. Regardless of your choice, make sure to use freshly ground beans for the best flavour combination.
Can I make a pumpkin spice latte with different types of milk?
Definitely! Traditional dairy milk is a popular choice for its creamy texture and ability to froth, which creates a luscious latte. However, plant-based drinks can also work well in this recipe. Almond drink offers a slightly nutty flavour that complements the pumpkin spice mix, while soy provides a rich and creamy consistency. Coconut drink brings a tropical twist with a hint of extra flavour, adding a unique dimension to your latte. Experiment with different types to find the one that best suits your taste and texture preferences.
Can I use store-bought pumpkin pie spice for this recipe?
Ready-made pumpkin pie spice is a convenient option that saves time and effort, especially if you don't have individual spices on hand or if you're looking to create consistent flavour in your recipes. Simply add the equivalent of store-bought spice to your latte (typically around 1 to 2 teaspoons) depending on how strong you want the flavour to be. Adjust the amount according to your personal preference to achieve the perfect balance of coffee and spice.
Can I freeze this pumpkin spice latte?
Freezing is generally not recommended due to potential changes in texture: the milk can separate and become grainy when frozen, affecting the smooth and creamy consistency you expect from this type of beverage. Espresso or coffee-based drinks also tend to lose some of their robust flavour when frozen and then thawed, resulting in a milder taste experience.


Coffee or tea
100 ml
Warm milk
400 ml
Pumpkins purée
100 g
Ground cinnamon
1 tsp
Ground nutmeg
1 pinch
Ground ginger
1 pinch
Ground cloves
½ pinch
Cream, lightly whipped
50 ml
Honey to taste
Ground cinnamon to garnish


Perfect the art of the pumpkin spice latte with these tips, from boosting flavours to serving it with complementary treats.

Customise your spice blend

While traditional pumpkin spice blends typically include cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves, you can adjust the ratios or add other spices to make it your own. For a warmer, earthier taste, increase the amount of cinnamon or add a touch of allspice. To infuse your blend with a spicier kick, increase the ginger or add a pinch of cardamom which offers a subtle citrusy note. If you prefer a milder flavour, reduce the amount of cloves or nutmeg, which can be quite strong. You can also experiment with unconventional additions like star anise or vanilla powder for a more complex aroma. If you find a combination that suits your tastebuds, store the spice blend in an airtight container and keep it handy for quick and easy pumpkin spice latte-making.

Café-quality presentation ideas

Start by using a clear glass or mug to showcase the latte's rich colour and layers. After brewing your espresso and frothing your milk, pour the espresso into the glass, followed by the frothed milk, allowing the two to create a beautiful ombré effect as it gradually mixes. To elevate the experience, garnish with a cinnamon stick or a twist of orange peel, which adds a hint of citrus aroma and a visual element that stands out.

Boost the flavours like this

Give your pumpkin spice latte a boost by always using high quality and freshly ground spices. To add a richer depth of flavours, incorporate a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract into the milk before frothing, giving it a subtle sweetness and enhancing the aromatic notes of the spice blend. If you prefer a more robust coffee flavour, opt for a double shot of espresso or use a darker roast coffee. To heighten the warmth and spiciness, experiment with adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or allspice to the pumpkin spice blend.

Pair your pumpkin spice latte with these treats

Let's face it: pumpkin spice latte was made for indulgent snacking. Your latte will go well with treats containing similar spice blends such as gingerbread, spiced scones or pumpkin bread. Smooth and refreshing pairings also work well, including carrot cake with cream cheese or a yoghurt-based dessert. Consider adding a selection of cheeses like brie or camembert with a touch of honey or fruit preserves, creating a delightful sweet and savoury mix.