My DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Let’s be honest– there is no at home replacement for the PSL. There is just something so special about that first sip of fall goodness! Once I’ve had my first pumpkin spice latte of the year, I find myself craving one every morning. To save myself from spending a lot of money, I’ve created my own DIY version of the drink to have at home all season long.

The key to the drink is a pumpkin flavored syrup. No one knows the secret recipe that Starbucks uses, but they claim it includes “flavor notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove”. Let’s also not forget the important whip cream topping with the pumpkin spice sprinkle topping! While I don’t usually include the whip cream on my daily coffee (but I encourage you to if you want!), the pumpkin spice sprinkle is key!

So how do we make this thing? You’ll want to prepare 2 separate mixes to add to your coffee or at home latte: the pumpkin spice flavored syrup and the pumpkin spice sprinkle topping! Once your coffee is prepared, mix in the syrup and sprinkle the toppings on top.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup water

Bring a medium sized pan to medium heat. Add all ingredients. Stir. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Continue to stir 4-5 minutes until the sauce thickens. Let it cool and store in a mason jar or other air tight container. It will last up to a week in the fridge. I add about 2 tablespoons of the sauce to my drink– but you can add as much or as little for the flavor you want.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Sprinkle Topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle on top of your pumpkin spice drinks. Store in a sealed container for up to a month.

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