October 02, 2019 4 min read

Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice is an American classic that everyone seems to love because it signifies that the holiday season is finally upon us. Decades ago the McCormick Spice Company came up with a wonderful idea to sell a combination of spices, blended together and they called it Pumpkin Spice. Obviously some smart people work at that spice company, because when we fast forward to today nearly half a billion dollars a year is spent on Pumpkin Spiced products, a good chunk of that on the Pumpkin Spiced Latte at Starbucks, and it just goes to show if you have a great idea, that is ten percent different, you are on your way to a billion dollar business.

However, if you do love Pumpkin Spice, then take a few minutes to whip up these drinks and enjoy delicious coffee or delicious tea with a yummy Pumpkin Spice twist. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
  • PREP¬†5mins
  • COOK¬†5mins
  • TOTAL¬†10mins

Make the popular coffee house pumpkin spice latte at home. Canned or homemade pumpkin puree both work well in this recipe. You will not find this drink on the Starbucks menu.


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.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: Serving Size 1 drink / Calories 171 / Protein 9 g / Carbohydrate 21 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 20 g / Total Fat 6 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 24 mg

Recipe and Video: Adam and Joanne Gallagher https://www.inspiredtaste.net/

Pumpkin Spiced Iced Latte Recipe

Customers are always interested in how to make pumpkin spiced coffee and pumpkin spiced tea.  We make it easy for you by sharing these simple recipes certain to make you one very happy camper. Rich, creamy iced coffee spiked with the delicious, warm flavors of - pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg ... perfection!  Pumpkin spiced syrup simplified, pumpkin spiced coffee, and pumpkin spiced iced coffee.  If you are a tea drinker we also have a great recipe on spiced tea.


Pumpkin Spiced Syrup Recipe

  • 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 Iced Coffee Recipe

  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add coffee concentrate, water if using, creamer of choice, and pumpkin spice syrup. Stir.
  2. Sprinkle nutmeg and/or cinnamon over the top.

Recipe: KitchenTreaty.com

Recipe: APrettyLifeintheSuburbs.com

Vegan Pumpkin Spiced Latte

People go crazy over this drink, and understandably so. It’s creamy, sweet, and has all the lovely flavors of pumpkin pie. Top with some coconut whip cream for extra deliciousness!


First, add 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree to a small pot, over medium heat. Stir, then add 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice mix and non-dairy milk of choice (think creamy: coconut, cashew, soy or hemp are all good choices).

Stir, warming, but be careful not to boil.

Turn off the heat, and stir in coffee (about 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, or 1-2 shots of espresso if that’s an option). Taste for sweetness, and adjust as needed.

Pour into a mug, and top with plenty of coconut whip cream, if desired! Sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice mix on top of the whip. 

Recipe and Image Nora Taylor https://www.noracooks.com/

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