How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattés

Jan Scott April 28, 2017
how to make a pumpkin spice latte at home

We’ve written a lot about Thanksgiving dinner over the years. We’ve covered how to cook the perfect turkey, how to make your family’s favourite stuffing even better, and how to prep a super simple appetizer the kids are sure to love. We also have 18 inspiring dinner ideas for your holiday meal, including must-make sides and a selection of desserts you won’t want to miss. Add to that our tips for assembling a thrifty Thanksgiving tablescape and the five ideas we have for decorating with apples and I think it’s safe to say we’ve got your fall holiday bases covered.

Except for one thing: we’re missing a recipe for that ubiquitous fall drink that must be consumed this weekend, and I can’t think of a better time to present it to you then just before Thanksgiving. With friends and family gathered around your table, you’ll be in the perfect position to show off your barista skills as you impress your guests with your own homemade Pumpkin Spice Latté.

Purely Pumpkin

The recipe comes from my dear friend Allison Day’s new book, Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen, THE book you’ll want to add to your cookbook collection this season. Packed with more than 100 seasonal recipes—all of which are made using whole, real ingredients easily sourced at your neighbourhood grocery store—the book is designed to inspire you to share, savour and enjoy the astonishing versatility of this homegrown ingredient.

Alison utilizes pumpkin flesh, pumpkin purée, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin oil, pumpkin spice and heirloom pumpkin in this collection of sweet and savoury recipes, which include beverages and desserts, designed for every day eating. She also serves up tips for making coffee shop-style lattés at home, introduces you to a variety of heirloom pumpkins, outlines the varied nutritional benefits of pumpkin and provides plenty of inspiration for healthy holiday meals, something we could all use a little more of.

Here’s what Allison has to say about her pumpkin spice latté:

‘The drink that started it all—and you can make it right in your own kitchen! Yes, homemade lattés will make a bit of a mess in your kitchen (and may be considered a labour of love), but there’s no greater feeling than cozying up in your warmest sweater with a homemade latté in hand, slice of pumpkin pie on a plate (with a big, fat whipped cream cloud garnish), and good company on a chilly weekend afternoon.’

Doesn’t that perfectly describe how you’d like to spend some time this long weekend? Thanks you Allison, for sharing your recipe with us!


Excerpt with permission from Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day (Skyhorse Publishing, September, 2016)

Photo Credit: Allison Day

You’ll Need

  • 2 ounces brewed espresso or brewed strong coffee (I like Detour Coffee’s ‘Punch Buggy Espresso’ here)
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Spice Latté Base (recipe below)
  • 1 cup whole milk or milk of choice, steamed
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
  • Pumpkin spice, for serving (optional)
  • For the Pumpkin Spice Latté Base
  • ½ cup tightly packed demerara sugar (dark brown sugar)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • ¼ tsp salt

Prep and Cook

  • 1
    To make the Pumpkin Spice Latté Base: In a medium saucepan, warm water and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in remaining ingredients. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a glass jar. Seal jar and refrigerate for up to 1 month. Shake or stir before use.
  • 2
    To prepare the latté: In a warm mug, combine espresso and latté base. Top with steamed milk. Serve hot with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice, if using

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