DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

What defines Autumn? All things pumpkin, of course! If you live in America, chances are you’ve at least heard of Starbucks’ seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte. Chances are greater that you’ve had two or three or four already this season.

Living in Germany, I unfortunately don’t have access to the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. When fall rolls around, I get a little nostalgic for all things pumpkin, especially when I see my American friends post on Facebook about pumpkin-flavored-this and pumpkin-flavored-that.

There are a few recipes online for pumpkin coffee drinks, but they all require pumpkin puree, which isn’t sold here. At one point, I came across a recipe online for a DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte that didn’t require pumpkin— intriguing. Reading it, I wasn’t too impressed and so I dismissed it. Then one day, I had a pumpkin craving and came back to it.

Even as I made the recipe, I was doubtful this drink would actually taste like THE Pumpkin Spice Latte. But then I took the first sip. I couldn’t believe it! I had recreated a Pumpkin Spice Latte in my own kitchen in about 5 minutes!

You’ll love it too— it’s easy to make, you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. And you can make it for a fraction of the cost of buying one at Starbucks.


  • · 3/4ths of a normal cup of coffee
  • · ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • · 2 tsp honey
  • · 2/3 cup milk
  • · Also needed: wire whisk


  • Brew the coffee in a coffee maker.
  • While it’s brewing, spoon honey into your mug. Mix in the pumpkin pie spice and make sure to blend very, very well. Set aside.

  • Pour the milk into a microwave safe bowl. Using a wire whisk, whisk the milk vigorously for about two minutes. It should be very frothy.

  • Immediately microwave the milk on high for about 15 seconds. The milk will foam up.

  • Pour the coffee from the machine into the mug with the honey. Stir well to dissolve the honey mixture. Pour the milk into the mug and spoon the milk foam on top.

  • Garnish with an extra dash of pumpkin pie spice on top.

Enjoy your homemade pumpkin spice latte!

2 Responses to DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Love this!! I can’t wait to make it!

  2. Yummy! Consider this “liked” and “shared.”

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