Making Pumpkin Spice Lattes At Home Is SO Easy With This Recipe Hack

by Jessica Booth
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For most people, the end of August now means only one thing: pumpkin spice latte season has officially arrived, and we want all the pumpkin spice products. Sure, most of the United States might still be experiencing regular temperatures in the 80s for weeks to come, but that isn’t about to stop true fans from walking into their nearest Starbucks and ordering a delicious pumpkin spice latte. Sweet, spiced, and made with just enough pumpkin taste, it’s really not hard to see why these lattes are a fall favorite. The only problem? The price adds up quickly (especially if you’re getting them every day). One of the best things any PSL lover can do is learn how to make a pumpkin spice latte at home.

There are so many reasons to start making your own pumpkin spice lattes. You might have to spend some money to stock up on ingredients at first, but this will definitely save you money in the long run. It also saves you time—instead of going to a coffee shop and waiting in line, you can just make your drink in the comfort of your own home. And it gives you more creative control: Making your own pumpkin spice latte means you can easily adjust how sweet or pumpkin-y it is without having to ask. Plus, once you get the hang of it, it’s easy!

How To Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte From Scratch:

To make a pumpkin spice latte at home, you’ll need a few items. For an authentic latte taste, you’ll need hot espresso, which you can make with an espresso machine or a Nespresso. Can’t make espresso at home? You can still make this with hot coffee.

Most recipes call for the same basic ingredients: pumpkin puree, milk (dairy or non-dairy, depending on your preference), sugar or another sweetener, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice (you can make this with a blend of spices you might already have or buy it pre-made at the grocery store). If you like it, you can also add whipped cream on top.

Assembling the PSL is more simple than you would think! To start, a lot of recipes recommend mixing together pumpkin puree with milk, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar, then either heating it over the stove until it bubbles but doesn’t boil, or putting it in the microwave to warm it up for 1-2 minutes. If you have a milk frother, you can also froth the mixture once it’s warmed up. This isn’t necessary, but it is delicious.

Pour your coffee into a mug, then top with the warmed-up milk mixture. If you like whipped cream, you can add some on top, and you can sprinkle a little more pumpkin pie spice over it for extra flavor and an Instagram-ready latte. And that’s it! You’ve got a delicious pumpkin spice latte that didn’t cost $6.

How To Hack A Pumpkin Spice Latte Or Coffee Drink:

Don’t want to do any work at all? The below items can give you that pumpkin spice latte taste without having to mix or heat anything. Pumpkin spice flavored cold brew is good on its own, pumpkin spice creamers or syrup can be added to any coffee for some extra sweetness and flavor, and pumpkin spice coffee is a fall staple. A milk frother is a great tool to have on hand to make your coffee experience even better.

Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew

Pumpkin Spice Creamers

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Milk Frothers


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