Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte is made with real pumpkin, dairy or plant-based milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and warm fall spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves -- served over ice. Make this espresso drink in just 5 minutes and top it with foam, pumpkin pie spices, and a cinnamon stick for garnish.
Iced pumpkin spice latte is a fantastic autumnal drink for those who love iced coffee all year round. This seasonal coffee is made with espresso or strong brewed coffee and tastes reminiscent of pumpkin pie.
It tastes like an iced pumpkin dream and it better than a Starbucks copycat recipe. This spice latte recipe is less sweet than the original Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, uses real pumpkin puree, and can be made right at home.
- Taste - The pumpkin, espresso, maple syrup, and vanilla create a rich flavor medley.
- Texture - The latte is surprisingly light given its decadent ingredients.
- Effort - All you need to do is add the ingredients to a jar or cocktail shaker and shake!
- Time - Prep takes just a few minutes!
- Espresso - espresso offers a rich and concentrated coffee flavor. Make it with an espresso machine or Moka espresso maker.
- Milk - make this recipe with your milk of choice, including regular milk or a plant-based milk like almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, and soy milk.
- Ice cubes - use standard ice cubes or coffee ice cubes to chill the coffee.
- Pumpkin puree - pumpkin puree has a warm and sightly sweet flavor reminiscent of fall.
- Maple syrup - maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness without being too sugary.
- Pumpkin pie spice - pumpkin pie spice is a medley of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. It is a quintessential blend of fall flavors.
- Vanilla extract - vanilla extract adds a warm vanilla flavor and sweetness to the drink. Use vanilla paste for a deeper vanilla flavor.
- Flaky salt - flaky sea salt adds a dash of umami flavor to balance the sweetness.
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- Milk and milk alternatives - use regular milk, cream, half and half, or a milk alternative, including almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, and soy milk.
- Cold brew - substitute espresso for cold brew, which is less acidic than espresso and regular coffee.
- Decaf - use decaf espresso or strongly brewed decaf coffee instead of caffeinated coffee grounds.
- Vanilla bean paste - use vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract. Paste has a more intense vanilla flavor and adds flecks of vanilla bean to the coffee.
- Fresh pumpkin - use fresh pumpkin puree instead of canned. Learn more about the difference here.
- Pumpkin pie syrup - use store-bought pumpkin pie syrup instead of homemade pumpkin pie syrup.
- Whipped cream - Add a dollop of Easy 2-Ingredient Whipped Cream to the top of the latte for a more decadent latte.
- Caramel syrup - Add a drizzle of caramel syrup at the end for a decadent final touch.
- Hot latte - Skip the ice and use warm milk to make the latte hot.
- Blended - Pulse the coffee and ice cubes in a blender instead of shaking it in a jar to make it a blended icy drink.
- Kid-friendly - Omit the espresso and shake up the milk and ingredients to make this drink kid-friendly.
How to Make Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
Add ingredients to jar - Add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and flaky salt to a lidded jar or cocktail shaker. Pour espresso on top of the ingredients, then add half of the ice cubes, and the milk.
Shake coffee mixture - Seal the jar with the lid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Then fill glass with remaining ice cubes and pour coffee mixture on top.
Add foam and garnish - Add additional milk to a frother or add to a jar and shake vigorously until the milk aerates and becomes foamy. Then pour the milk foam over the coffee. Garnish with more pumpkin spice or cinnamon and a cinnamon stick. Serve and enjoy.
Pro tip: Fill a silicone ice cube tray with leftover coffee and freeze the night before to make coffee cubes. This results in even more coffee flavor and does not dilute the iced latte.
What to serve with PSL
Make Iced PSL with a few kitchen essentials, including an espresso machine or espresso maker, measuring spoons, and a lidded jar or cocktail shaker. If you use canned pumpkin puree, use a can opener. To make frothed milk, this milk frother is a fantastic investment to add to your kitchen collection.
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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte is best enjoyed fresh. However, you can make it up to one day ahead of time. Store the latte in an air-tight jar in the refrigerator for up to one day. Top with fresh foam or whipped cream when ready to serve.
- For smooth pumpkin, be sure to blend or puree fresh pumpkin until smooth to avoid any stringy pieces in your coffee.
- For more pumpkin flavor, add an additional tablespoon or more of pumpkin puree.
- To adjust the sweetness, add more or less maple syrup to increase or decrease the sweetness.
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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Espresso maker
- Jar or cocktail shaker
- Milk frother
- 2 espresso shots or 1 cup strongly brewed coffee
- 1 cup milk or plant-based milk
- 1 cup ice or coffee ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon flaky sea salt
- Add ingredients to jar - Add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and flaky salt to a lidded jar or cocktail shaker. Pour espresso on top of the ingredients, then add half of the ice cubes, and the milk.2 espresso shots or 1 cup strongly brewed coffee, 1 cup milk or plant-based milk, 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree, 2 teaspoon maple syrup, ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ⅛ teaspoon flaky sea salt, 1 cup ice or coffee ice cubes
- Shake coffee mixture - Seal the jar with the lid and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Fill glass with remaining ice cubes and pour the coffee mixture on top.
- Add foam and garnish - Add additional milk to a frother or add to a jar and shake vigorously until the milk aerates and becomes foamy. Pour the milk foam over the coffee. Garnish with more pumpkin spice or cinnamon and a cinnamon stick. Serve and enjoy.
- Serve with Easy 2-Ingredient Whipped Cream or a plant-based whipped cream.
- If opting for a plant-based milk, use oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.
- To make pumpkin pie spice, use 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, and ¼ teaspoon cloves.