How to make your own spiced pumpkin lattes

We’ve got the shortcut to making your favourite fall beverage! Conserve your coffee budget by whipping up your own custom latte at home from time to time.

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How to make your own pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin lattes are back in coffee shops, and while they’re a comforting, delicious treat—making them a regular habit definitely puts a dent in your wallet. So we came up with two DIY versions: your standard pumpkin spice latte, and a spiced pumpkin mocha latte.

These recipes call for a shot of espresso, but if you don’t have an espresso maker, you can buy instant espresso, or brew a cup of double-strength coffee and add it gradually, tasting as you go, until it has the flavour you like. I use whole milk here because it adds richness to the drink, but any milk can be used. A single tablespoon of sugar balances the milk and pumpkin very nicely—but adjust to your desired sweetness (another perk of making it at home!).

espresso pouring into large mug
Use an espresso machine, instant espresso or double strength coffee

Spicy pumpkin latte

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp pure pumpkin purée
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • a few drops vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 tbsp sweetened whipped cream
  • a pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  • COMBINE pumpkin with the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a small pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the pumpkin begins to sizzle and the spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 min. Gradually whisk in milk until combined. Let mixture cook until steam begins to come off the top of the milk and bubbles form at the edge of the pot, about 2 more min. Remove from heat.
  • BREW an espresso shot into a mug. Pour in milk mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

For our bonus flavour: Chocolate and pumpkin are an unexpected and totally delicious combination! (Chatelaine nailed the pumpkin-chocolate combo with these pumpkin and chocolate cheesecake bars, the inspiration for a spin-off from the spicy pumpkin latte.) Introducing our spicy pumpkin mocha!

 

Spiced pumpkin mocha

  • 1 tbsp pure pumpkin purée
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder, plus more for garnish
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • a few drops vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp whipped cream

Instructions

  • COMBINE the pumpkin with the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cocoa powder and vanilla in a small pot over medium heat. Cook until the pumpkin begins to sizzle and the spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 min. Gradually whisk in milk until combined. Let mixture cook until steam begins to come off the top of the milk and bubbles form at the edge of the pot, about 2 more min. Remove from heat.
  • BREW an espresso shot into a mug. Pour in milk mixture. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa.

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