Thursday, October 9

How To • The Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 years ago I tried my first ever Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and ever since I have been hooked. When they come out, I seem to find myself in Starbucks about 4 times a week just to make up for the fact they are only available in October. (Although I always find myself asking the barista if they would mind making me one well into November...). Last year I decided it would be a good idea to make my own, but as I left it late in the month everything Pumpkin seemed to be out of stock. This year I made sure I was more prepared - so if, like me, you are obsessed with the pumpkin spice lattes - but are sick of trawling to Starbucks every other day and want a cheaper alternative, this recipe will be perfect for you! 
what you will need:
- canned pumpkin (1 table spoon)
- espresso (1 tassimo pod)
- whole milk (240 ml)
- cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon)
- nutmeg (1/2 teaspoon)
- whipped cream (LOADS)
- vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
- black pepper (2 teaspoons)

how to:

1. Start off with a saucepan which is on low to medium heat. Add the pumpkin, nutmeg, black pepper and cinnamon - and be sure to stir. After a minute or two, add the milk and vanilla extract and stir the mixture together.

2. Whilst the mixture is heating up, it's time to make the espresso. I have a coffee machine, so I used an espresso pod - however if you don't, you can use tinned coffee. 

3. When the espresso has been made, combine the two mixtures into a cup and stir together.

4. If you don't like whipped cream, that is the drink finished! However, if you do - add as much whipped cream as you'd like and sprinkle with cinnamon! 

Voila you're done!

I have to say, I wasn't sure how similar a DIY latte would compare to the Starbucks version, but they are so alike I could hardly tell the difference! I can't wait to start making pumpkin spice lattes all year round!

Let me know if you try this!



  1. I've never tried one of these at Starbucks before but I'm always meaning to - just sounds so Autumnal! Reading this DIY version however has swayed me even more to try one as it sounds fairly easy - wish me luck! xx

    Hannah xo | hannatalks

  2. Oh wow this sounds & looks so goooood!
    also your photos are lovely I love your blog & am following :))
    Jess x

  3. I've just found your blog and I'm in love with it! I'll definitely be following :) this looks so yummy too. So Autumnal!

  4. Mmmmm, I'd never think to try and make my own :O but this looks dead nice so I might give it a whirl :D

  5. Mmm pumpkin spice lattes are's so great that I can try making one for myself now! Awesome post, and great photography ;)

    Emily | Lynde Avenue

  6. This is my all time favourite winter drink! so glad I can make it at home now!

  7. sounds amazing, I should try and make this as I'm too addicted hehe :)

  8. Yum great idea! I would love to make them at home as I'm not often by a starbucks!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  9. It looks perfect , i'm going to give it a try :)