Fall is in the air, and that can only mean one thing: it's pumpkin spice latte season! With its rich and creamy blend of espresso, warm spices, and velvety milk, this iconic beverage is the perfect way to indulge in the flavors of autumn. Whether you're a die-hard fan or a curious newcomer, there's no denying the irresistible allure of a freshly brewed pumpkin spice latte. So grab your scarf, cozy up with a cup, and join the pumpkin spice craze!
One crisp autumn morning, I woke up with a craving for a warm and comforting pumpkin spice latte. Rather than heading out to the nearest coffee shop, I decided to try my hand at making one myself.
While my homemade pumpkin spice latte may not have been perfect, it was a delicious and satisfying treat that I was proud to have made myself. From that day on, I continued to experiment with different variations and methods, perfecting my recipe and sharing my love of pumpkin spice lattes with friends and family.
- 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 shots of espresso or ½ cup of strong-brewed coffee
- Whipped cream (optional)
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Some recipes may also include whipped cream and additional spices like cloves or cardamom.
HOW TO MAKE A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat until hot, but not boiling, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Brew 1-2 shots of espresso or ½ cup of strong brewed coffee.
- Pour the espresso/coffee into a mug and add the pumpkin milk mixture, stirring to combine.
- Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
A FEW PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE TIPS
Use fresh spices: For the best flavor, try to use freshly ground spices instead of pre-ground ones. You can grind whole spices like cinnamon sticks and nutmeg in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle.
Froth your milk: To get that classic latte texture, froth your milk using a frother or whisk. This will give your latte a creamy and velvety texture.
Adjust sweetness: Depending on your preference, you can adjust the sweetness of your latte by adding more or less sugar or sweetener. You can also use flavored syrups like vanilla or caramel to add sweetness and depth of flavor.
Experiment with milk: If you're not a fan of dairy milk, try using almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk instead. Each type of milk will give your latte a slightly different flavor and texture.
Top with whipped cream: For an extra indulgent treat, top your latte with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
Can you refrigerate it?
Yes! You can refrigerate your latte for up to 3 days. It won't be as creamy when you take it out of the fridge, so give it a few minutes to warm up before drinking.
Can you freeze it?
Yes! You can freeze your latte in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. When you're ready to enjoy it, just let thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes and give it a good shake before drinking.
Does pumpkin spice latte contain caffeine?
Yes, a pumpkin spice latte usually contains caffeine since it is made with espresso or coffee. The amount of caffeine can vary depending on the size of the drink and the number of espresso shots used.
Is pumpkin spice latte gluten-free?
The drink itself is typically gluten-free, but some pumpkin spice syrups or sauces may contain gluten. If you have a gluten intolerance or allergy, it's best to check with the coffee shop or make the drink at home using gluten-free ingredients.
How many calories are in a pumpkin spice latte?
The calorie count of a pumpkin spice latte can vary depending on the size and ingredients used. A typical 16-ounce pumpkin spice latte made with whole milk and topped with whipped cream can contain around 380 calories. Opting for non-fat milk, skipping whipped cream, or using less sweetener can help reduce the calorie count.
The pumpkin spice latte is a Fall favorite. It's easy to make at home, and it's a great way to highlight your favorite coffee shop flavors. But if you're looking for something less sweet, try making a salted caramel version! This is a great way to use up your leftover pumpkin puree from the season. If you don't have any on hand, you can also use fresh or canned pumpkin instead. It's a delicious way to start your day off right!