Pumpkin Spice Latte {Starbucks Copycat} is a shot of espresso with steamed milk and pumpkin spice syrup, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice. If this drink sounds good to you, be sure to try my Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes.

Adding Whipped Cream to Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte {Starbucks Copycat}

Since 2003, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has become an iconic drink that screams, and tastes, fall! In fact, it is so popular, it actually goes by its acronym of PSL. But, I really don’t have time (or want) to wait in line at Starbucks to get my fix of the popular latte. So, this Starbucks Copycat of a Pumpkin Spice Latte is now at your fingertips to make at home!

Process Steps for How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients

There are two parts to this recipe–the pumpkin spice syrup and the latte. You will have a little syrup leftover to use (I will give you some ideas on how else to use it below); the latte recipe is for one drink.

Pumpkin Puree: Be sure to use pumpkin puree, which is 100% pumpkin, rather than pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin Pie Spice: Pumpkin pie spice (also known as pumpkin spice) is used in the syrup and used to sprinkle on the top of the latte.

Espresso: Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee. It’s made with finely-ground coffee beans and an espresso machine that blasts boiling water through the ground coffee. It is served in shots (about 1 ounce per shot).

Espresso can be made with any kind of coffee, from light roast to dark roast. You can also buy espresso ground coffee and even espresso K-cups you can make in a Keurig coffee maker. If using regular coffee in this drink, the coffee flavor will be less intense.

Milk: I prefer whole milk for the best flavor and froth, but you could use any milk you have on hand.

Stirring Pumpkin Spice Latte

How to Froth Milk without a Frother

You don’t need a milk frother to froth your milk.  To warm and froth the milk, pour it into a microwave-safe jar, filling up the jar about a third of the way. Tighten a lid securely on the jar and shake the jar for up to a minute. Really give it a good shake until the milk is really frothy.

Remove the lid and heat the milk in the microwave (uncovered) for 30 seconds. If the milk is not warm enough, continue to heat it up, watching carefully so the milk doesn’t overflow.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

How Else Can I Use Pumpkin Spice Syrup?

If you aren’t planning to use the pumpkin spice syrup just for lattes, there are other ways you can enjoy it. Again, the syrup will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte {Starbucks Copycat}

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Pumpkin Spice Latte {Starbucks Copycat} is a shot of espresso with steamed milk and pumpkin spice syrup, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.


Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (237 g) water
  • ½ cup (122 g) pumpkin puree
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


  • ½ cup pumpkin spice syrup
  • 1 shot (1 ounce) espresso
  • 1 cup (245 g) whole milk, warmed and frothed
  • whipped cream, for topping
  • pumpkin pie spice, for topping



  • In a medium saucepan over high heat add the sugar, water, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced by half (15-20 minutes).
  • Strain mixture into a container with a tight-fitting lid. (The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to weeks.)


  • In a large coffee mug, add pumpkin spice syrup, espresso, and frothed milk.
  • Top with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Best served warm.

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Reader Comments

  1. This was delicious! I cannot compare it to the Starbucks version because I have never had it, but I loved this version. The best part is that you can adjust the sweetness to your own taste. I don’t like things overly sweet, so I adjusted it for myself. The tip for frothing the milk was fantastic! Thank you.

    1. First I would like to say I am strictly a pumpkin pie lover, and have always said pumpkin should only be made into a pie! I am not sure what possessed me to try this recipe(may have been the beautiful picture) but I was shocked that one I made it and two that I am in love with it❤️. I indulge myself every morning now after I have all my morning routines completed such a treat, thank you!

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