Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte (with Homemade Syrup)

Forget the Starbucks' Drive-Thru with this better-than-Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's packed with pumpkin pie spices, pure pumpkin puree, and tons of flavor. No worries about this latte tasting like a candle. It'll be the best you've ever had, & your house will smell like fall. What's better than that?

 It's officially September, which means that it's fall! Essentially, anyway. Yes, I have started decorating for fall and feel zero shame about it. I know that the world adores this season mainly because it's PSL season! (For those of you who are uncultured in modern slang terms, that means Pumpkin Spice Latte Season.)

My biggest gripe with the pumpkin spice bandwagon is that most of the products and drinks taste like a candle. I'm not for that. I'm sorry. I've tried many PSLs around (local coffee shops & chains) and haven't liked any of them. I do love the spices that correlate with pumpkin (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, etc), but I want a little real pumpkin flavor with my spice, please. That's why THIS Pumpkin Spice Syrup is superior!!

I know that everyone adores the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks, mostly because it tastes less of candle. However, as a lactose-free girlie, I need another option until Starbucks can figure out how to make a delicious non-dairy cold foam. Until then, I'll stick to making my killer pumpkin spice lattes right here at home. Better and cheaper than anything you can find in coffee shops.

In North Carolina, we've already had a week of false-fall, and I'm sure we'll have another. We're back to the scorching hot, but that's not going to stop me from enjoying a pumpkin spice latte that actually has pumpkin! So, to make this happen - we're making an iced latte.


Ingredients You'll Need for Pumpkin Spice Syrup

- Water

- Light Brown Sugar

- Granulated Sugar

- Vanilla

- Kosher Salt

- Cinnamon, ground

- Nutmeg, ground

- Cloves, ground

- Ginger, ground

- Cardamom, ground

- Pure Pumpkin Puree: Not pumpkin pie filling

Ingredients You'll Need to Make a Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

- Pumpkin Spice Syrup (recipe below)

- 2 shots of espresso, or 1/4 cup very strongly brewed coffee

- Ice, for serving

¾ to 1 cup milk of choice (I use oat milk)

- Whipped Cream and Cinnamon, for serving, optional


How to Make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

1. Make the syrup: 

In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugars, vanilla, salt, and spices. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the sugars have dissolved. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the pumpkin puree. Stir to combine and let syrup cool. Store in a jar or airtight container for up to 1 month. Add into your coffee, espresso drinks, iced tea, or however else you’d like.

2. In a glass, combine the pumpkin spice syrup and espresso or strong coffee. Stir. Add the ice and top with your milk of choice.

3. Serve with whipped cream, if desired, and enjoy! Feeling fancy? Add a dash of cinnamon to the top.

How to Store Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Luckily this recipe makes about 1 ½ cups of syrup. That's enough to make plenty of lattes to satisfy that fall craving. 

Simply allow the syrup to cool after making it. Pour into a squeeze bottle, jar with a lid, or airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. It's as simple as that.

Other Drink Recipes

A coffee lover like me? My very favorite coffee is this Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso with Oatmilk. It's beyond delicious and so much better (and cheaper) than Starbucks. I drink this just about daily.

Wanting a grown-up drink? This Sidecar Cocktail is just the drink for you. It's bold, bright, and flavorful. Who knew a Prohibition Classic Cocktail could taste this good?

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