How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Lattes

by Heligirl on September 29, 2011

in Beyond Mommyhood

With Fall officially here, there’s nothing holding me back from my full-on, unapologetic, completely out of control pumpkin spice latte obsession.

Well, nothing except a lack of funds to purchase several every day.

No matter, I have found a way around this little detail – my own pumpkin spice latte recipe.

You see, last year I bought myself an espresso machine. At $150, it paid for itself in a month given I’d been buying a latte a day at that point.

But that’s only half the battle.

Given that Starbucks sells every syrup they make to the public EXCEPT Pumpkin Spice, it was time to get creative.

I searched the Internet and found a mighty tasty recipe for pumpkin spice syrup, made from scratch. I happily made this until about May.

At that point, I hit a little snag.

Did you know that stores on a whole stop stocking canned pumpkin in the summer? The unadulterated gall of some grocery outlets.

However, they do tend to sell that super-lazy-premixed-spices-with-packed-pumpkin-just-add-evaporated-milk-to-make-a-pie canned stuff (a.k.a. Easy Pumpkin Mix).

I was forced to give it a try.

And, you know what? It tasted just as good, didn’t cost as much in spices, and was easier.

So, voila, for about 50 cents a steaming tasty cup, here is how to have a pumpkin spice latte on a budget and time pinch.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups white sugar
3 tablespoons of Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix (more if you like it stronger)

  • In a pot over medium heat, dissolve sugar in water. Once sugar is dissolved, add pumpkin. Allow to cook 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently. Do not boil.
  • Allow to cool
  • Strain through cheese cloth or strainer and pour into small container to store in the fridge
  • Add 1 ½ tablespoons of syrup for each shot of espresso, or for iced drink, mix it with the espresso before adding the cold milk.
  • Top with whipped cream and a few pinches of nutmeg.

My own tips:
I make a triple batch.

Now, the trick is the pumpkin pie mix comes in a big old can, and you’re not going to use it all. Use what you need, then put the rest in ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, pop them out and put them in a freezer bag. I use a cube and a half per batch of syrup because I like the stronger taste.

If you’re really feeling all Martha Stewart and have the time and extra money, you can replace the pumpkin mix with the following and feel really special you did it from scratch:

4 cinnamon sticks
½ teaspoon of ground cloves
½ teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons of pumpkin puree

Drool away….


Liz @M2M September 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Winco sells canned pumpkin year round! Also, Da Vinci sells a pumpkin spice…look for it on Amazon 🙂
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Twitter: Heligirl
September 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Yeah, but where’s the fun in writing the post “I went to Winco and got some pumpkin until I decided to log onto Amazon and buy Da Vinci’s syrup?” 🙂 Seriously though, thanks for the tips.

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September 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I am going to have to try this! We haven’t even been able to find the pumpkin spice creamer here yet. Thanks for sharing!
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September 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

You bet. I was thrilled with how easy it was and so cheap and tasty. Really does taste just like the coffee shop, without the expense. And I can drink it in my jammies!

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September 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

Oh my goodness how yummy! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
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September 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

You’re so welcome. Thanks for stopping by Julie! Let me know if you do try it and what you think.

MM September 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

Very nice post! Watch out Martha! 🙂 Seriously I’ll have to try.. I LOVE pumpkin spice lattes!

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September 30, 2011 at 9:12 am

Thanks Mylene. Great to hear from you. I hope you’re doing well. Please drop me a note with news on the new gig when you get a chance. 🙂

Anne Umphrey September 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I’ll bet you could use Splenda instead of sugar, and soy milk instead of cow’s milk. Good for those who can’t eat dairy, and who are restricting their use of sugar.

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September 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Great advice Anne. Love it! Thanks so much!

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