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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

By JulieVR

It’s that time of year - when pumpkin spice lattes pop up on Starbucks menu boards and I gaze longingly at anyone walking by with a cup, wondering which of the festive flavors they’ve picked. Of course as a freelancer I don’t have the budget for a daily take-out latte, so it’s nice to know that not only can I brew a good cup of coffee at home, I can whip up an authentic pumpkin spice latte to sip at my desk, or share with friends, at a fraction of the cost.

Although it seems like a coffee shop extravagance, it really doesn’t require special skills to make your own. If you don’t have a coffee maker, use instant - I prefer instant espresso, which has a smoother flavor.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

adapted from AllRecipes


  • 3 cups whole milk, warmed
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4-1 cup double-strength brewed coffee
  • lightly whipped cream
  • a shake of pumpkin pie spice


  1. Combine the hot milk, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice in a blender; blend until frothy. Pour the mixture into 2-3 coffee mugs, filling them about 2/3 full. Divide the coffee between the mugs, and top with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Serves 2-3.