Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 11, 2020


Preparation Time & Servings

Requires simple ingredients.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

*Nutrition information should be considered an estimate.

TOOLS NEEDED: Espresso machine, milk frother or a whisk and a glass.

The quintessential fall drink. This drink originated in 2003 when Starbucks employee Peter Dukes suggested it as an addition to the new fall menu. No one had any clue what a hit this beverage would become.

Today, you can find the “PSL,” or something very similar to it, on almost every coffee shop menu at the first sign of changing leaves—and even before! For many people, it has become a marker of the official beginning of fall.



  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 10 ounces milk
  • 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin purée
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Pour the espresso into a mug
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, pumpkin, maple syrup (if using), vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat for about 5 minutes until very hot but not boiling, stirring continuously. Pour the hot milk mixture into a wide glass or glass jar
  • Using a milk frother, froth the milk until you don’t see any bubbles and you have a thick froth, 20 to 30 seconds. Swirl the glass and lightly tap it on the counter repeatedly to pop the larger bubbles. Repeat this step as needed
  • Using a spoon to hold back the foam, pour the milk into the espresso. Spoon the remaining foam on top
  • Enjoy while watching the leaves fall from the trees

Recipe Tip

The maple syrup will sweeten the drink. If you prefer a drink that is less sweet, with a more pronounced pumpkin flavor, omit it or adjust the amount you use.

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