Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Follow my easy, step-by-step guide to making your favorite gourmet coffee drink, the pumpkin spice latte, right in the comfort of your own home!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Coffee is my love language. Anyone else with me? In fact, the bolder the flavor the better.


Recently I was shopping in my local grocery store and discovered their large variety of premium coffee. From Brazilian to Costa Rican to Pumpkin Spice, there is truly a flavor for everyone.

liz pouring milk

Since fall has officially arrived, I thought it would be fun to recreate one of my favorite coffeehouse drinks at home: the pumpkin spice latte. Traditionally laden with artificial ingredients and way too much sugar for my liking, I’ve created the ultimate version that is rich, aromatic, and oh-so-yummy.

liz pouring maple syrup

Pumpkin pie spice adds rich aromas including cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. To sweeten, I use just a touch of pure maple syrup. Since the warm spices are so aromatic, you don’t need a lot of extra sugar to create a delicious drink.

liz pouring coffee
liz making pumpkin spice latte

What’s the best type of milk to use in a latte?

I recommend using whole milk for added frothiness and a creamy texture but you could certainly use low fat milk as well. Pumpkin spice coffee is a great option but if you don’t have that on hand, Costa Rican or House Blend work too.

Pumpkin Spice Latte whipped cream
liz eating whipped cream

Don’t forget to grab some whipped cream.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

What spices can I use if I don’t have pumpkin pie spice?

You can replace with 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.

How strong should I brew the coffee?

I recommend doubling the normal amount. For example, if you’re brewing 4 cups of coffee I would use 1/2 cup ground coffee and 4 cups of water.

Can I add pure pumpkin to the latte?

Absolutely! You can whisk 1/2 cup into the milk mixture. The consistency will be thicker but it would be just as delicious.

liz with pumpkin spice latte

No forks required.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Follow my easy, step-by-step guide to making your favorite gourmet coffee drink, the pumpkin spice latte, right in the comfort of your own home!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes


  • 4 cups freshly brewed coffee (any flavor such as Pumpkin Spice or House Blend)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups organic whole milk
  • whipped cream (optional topping)


  • To brew the extra strong coffee, I suggest 1/2 cup ground coffee with 4 cups water.
  • While the coffee is brewing, whisk together pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, vanilla and milk in a small sauce pot over medium heat. Continue whisking until bubbles start to form around the edges.
  • Fill four coffee mugs halfway with coffee then top with the warm milk mixture. Garnish with whipped cream and a pinch of cinnamon if you wish. Serve immediately.

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If you have a milk frother at home, this is a great time to use it! It’s just as delicious without, however. 


Serving: 16ouncesCalories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 451mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 383IUCalcium: 283mgIron: 1mg
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