How to make pumpkin spice coffees and spiced teas? This is a question we hear on a regular basis. We decided we would pull together simple recipes for rich, creamy iced coffee spiked with the delicious, warm flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg—perfection! We also added recipes for pumpkin spiced syrup, pumpkin spiced coffee, pumpkin spiced iced coffee and spiced tea.
2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving
1/2 cup strong hot coffee
Whipped cream, for serving
Add milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until hot, but do not boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and the coffee.
Divide the mixture between two mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
Milk: This tastes best with 2% or whole milk, but you can substitute with skim milk. Non-dairy milk like soy, almond, or coconut milk will also work.
Sugar: This recipe calls for 1 to 3 tablespoons of sugar. How much you use is up to you. We tend to prefer less sugar in our drinks. You can also use a sugar substitute. Add this to taste.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend: Find pumpkin pie spice at the store or make it at home. You likely have everything you need to make it already. Mix the following spices in a spice jar: 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon + 2 teaspoons ground ginger + 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg + a pinch of ground cloves.
More Pumpkin Flavor: Since posting this recipe, some readers have noted that they would prefer a stronger pumpkin flavor. You can achieve this two ways: increase the puree by 1 to 2 tablespoons or cook a large batch of puree down in a saucepan over medium heat until reduced and concentrated in flavor, and then use in the latte.
Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee
Pumpkin Spiced Syrup
1 cup water
3/4 cup dark brown sugar or pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
4 3-inch cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon whole cloves
3/4 teaspoon whole allspice OR
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix
Pumpkin Spiced Coffee
Plain ice cubes or coffee ice cubes
1 cup cold-brewed iced coffee concentrate
1/2 cup water (or skip the water and go with more iced coffee concentrate)
2 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup (or more or less, to taste)
Half and half or your favorite non-dairy coffee creamer
Freshly grated nutmeg (or ground nutmeg) or ground cinnamon for topping
Make Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low-medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat then let it cool to room temperature.
If using whole spices, drain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the solids. Transfer syrup to a lidded jar or bottle. Keeps, refrigerated, for one month. Shake before using.
Make Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add coffee concentrate, water if using, creamer of choice, and pumpkin spice syrup. Stir.