What is Pumpkin Spice Latte?

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The arrival of autumn is heralded by the appearance of pumpkin-spice lattes on cafe menus. These seasonal beverages have become so popular that many people decide to make them at home. This recipe is quick and easy, and most ingredients can be found in your kitchen.

Origins of Pumpkin Spice Latte

In 2003, Starbucks introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte in 100 locations in Vancouver and Washington, D.C., before expanding it nationwide. According to Starbucks, over 200 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes have been consumed worldwide.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients

You need the following ingredients to make a pumpkin spice latte:

1. Milk

Use dairy or non-dairy milk. Although we recommend homemade oat milk, coconut or almond milk are also a good choice.

2. Pumpkin Puree

You can either make your own pumpkin puree or use canned puree. It is actually quite easy to make. You can refer to Inspired Taste for an easy recipe.

3. Vanilla and Pumpkin Pie Spice

A little vanilla extract adds a lot of flavor to hot cocoa and makes it taste even better with the addition of store-bought or homemade spices.

4. Hot or Cold Coffee (Your Choice)

Espresso-based drinks that are served at coffee shops usually have espresso in them, so the coffee itself is somewhat stronger.

5. Sugar

Nothing sweet is complete without sugar. You can either use brown sugar, white sugar, maple syrup, simple syrup, or even honey to sweeten your pumpkin spice latte.

The Taste Profile

Pumpkin spice is a combination of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. These spices each have their own subtly spicy aroma/flavor, but when mixed together, they can create a sweet taste.

So to describe PSL in some words, we would say it to be sweet, spicy, milky, and pumpkiny coffee.

Making Pumpkin Spice Latte

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First, heat the milk and pumpkin puree in a large pot along with the sugar, pumpkin pie spices, and vanilla extract. Combine pumpkin spice milk with strong coffee. Divide the mixture between two mugs and top each with whipped cream. This simple, quick recipe requires no trip to the coffee shop.

Additionally, if the pumpkin flavor in the recipe tastes weak, one thing to try is reducing the amount of pumpkin puree added to the milk mixture. Cook it until it has been reduced by one-third so that the pumpkin flavor will be more concentrated.


The pumpkin spice latte is a very popular espresso drink that has been around since 2003. It is a fall/winter seasonal drink. Moreover, the flavor is made up of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spices with a mix of pumpkin and sweet cream flavors.

You will love every bit of it!