Homemade Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

The pumpkin spice latte is an ideal fall drink, but in many places, it’s still hot enough outside that you want something cold. That’s why I love making an iced pumpkin spice latte, it’s a great way to cool down but still feel like you are experiencing autumn the way it’s meant to be.

Iced pumpkin spice latte

Why this drink works

Even those who love pumpkin spice lattes can think that it sounds a bit weird to pair pumpkin pie-type flavors with coffee, but somehow it works! The trick is that it’s more about the spices that pair well with pumpkin than an actual pumpkin flavor.

Making this famous fall drink over ice is ideal for those warm autumn days when you aren’t yet ready for a warm beverage.

What ingredients are in a pumpkin spice latte?

As far as creating an iced pumpkin spice latte, the ingredients you need are pumpkin spice syrup/sauce, espresso, milk of your choice, and ice.

That’s simple enough, but your choice of pumpkin spice sauce or syrup will change the ingredients included. Many store-bought options only specify “natural flavor” for what’s included and don’t even include actual pumpkin or actual spices.

That’s why making a pumpkin spice simple syrup at home is optimal. (And super easy!) That way you know exactly what’s in the recipe. A good pumpkin spice blend should include cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice.

FAQs

Can I make this without espresso?

Yes, you can. (But, technically, it won’t be a latte as that has to include espresso.) If you don’t have an espresso machine at home, you can use something like a moka pot, or brew double-strength drip coffee. It’s all about what tastes best to you!

Is this the same as the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks?

This drink is very similar. The flavor is really going to come down to what kind of syrup or sauce you use to flavor the drink. If you go the DIY route and make your pumpkin spice simple syrup yourself or purchase something that is a “syrup,” it will be a bit different but will still have the same flavor profiles.

Starbucks uses a sauce, which is a bit thicker and made with sweetened condensed milk. There are also pumpkin spice sauces available to purchase.

Iced pumpkin spice latte

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice lattes are perfect for fall, and this homemade iced one is perfect for when it's still warm outside!
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Course: Drinks
Servings: 1

Ingredients

Pumpkin spice syrup

  • 2 Tablespoons pureed pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar lightly packed

For the iced latte

  • 3 Tbsp pumpkin spice syrup
  • 2 ounces espresso or double-strength coffee
  • 12 ounces milk of your choice
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Instructions

Pumpkin spice syrup

  • In a small bowl add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove* and stir together. It will look like a paste. Set aside.
  • In another microwave-safe bowl**, whisk together water and brown sugar.
  • Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Whisk.
  • Heat for another 30 seconds – 1 minute until you see it start to boil again. Time depends on your microwave.
  • Whisk together the pumpkin mixture with the water and brown sugar mixture.
  • Heat for another 30 seconds – 1 minute until you see it start to boil. Let it boil for 5 seconds.
  • Let the mixture steep and cool down for 10-15 minutes.
  • Use a mesh strainer or cheesecloth to strain the syrup. The remaining syrup will be slightly thick.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For the iced latte

  • Add the pumpkin spice syrup (or sauce works too) to the bottom of your cup.
  • Pour the espresso or hot coffee over the syrup and make sure it's mixed well by giving it a swirl.
  • Add in your choice of milk.
  • Stir the beverage well to make sure the pumpkin spice syrup is fully mixed in.
  • Add ice to the top.
  • Top off with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice blend for a finished look! (optional)

Notes

* Or you can substitute all the spices for 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice.
** I like using a large glass measuring cup. That way you can see when it boils and there is plenty of space for the liquid to expand.
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