Make this iced pumpkin spice latte recipe from the comfort of your own home with just coffee, milk, pumpkin spice simple syrup, and coffee ice cubes. You’ll get more bang for your buck than running through the drive through and you can even make it extra indulgent by topping it with homemade pumpkin cream cold foam.
📋 About the Recipe
- Lightly sweetened - I prefer to make my own iced pumpkin spice lattes at home because the PSLs you can order at popular coffee chains like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are too sweet for me. I recommend starting with just 1 tablespoon of my pumpkin spice simple syrup and adding more to taste.
- Very affordable. Ordering an iced pumpkin spiced latte at a coffee shop today can cost you upwards of $6. Make it at home in 10 minutes or less for just $1!
- Easy to make for the whole family. This recipe is written to make 1 PSL, but if you’d like to make multiple at once, it is easy to adjust the number of servings. Or, try this iced PSL for the adults and this delicious tropical smoothie for the kiddos.
A few notes about the ingredients:
- Coffee - Iced lattes are traditionally made with shots of espresso, however I realize not everyone has an espresso machine in their home kitchen. Instead, substitute the espresso with strong brewed coffee or cold brew. This will create a more concentrated caffeinated beverage, similar to espresso. Weaker coffees will make a more watery tasting iced latte.
- Milk - Your favorite milk to use in coffee will work here. You can even use a non dairy milk, like almond or oat milk, if preferred.
- Ice - I use coffee ice cubes to prevent the drink from becoming watered down, but regular ice cubes will also work just fine. To make coffee ice cubes, brew a cup of strong coffee (or use leftover cold brew) and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour the coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Then, use the cubes in all of your favorite iced coffee beverages!
- Pumpkin cream cold foam - Cold foam is the perfect finishing touch for any iced coffee beverage that you’d like to make a little bit more indulgent. No better way to celebrate the fall season than topping your pumpkin spice latte with a dollop of cold foam!
- Pour coffee over ice. My recommendation is to use a drinking glass that is at least 16 ounces.
- Pour in milk and pumpkin spice simple syrup. I start with 1 to 2 tablespoons of syrup, but adjust the amount to your personal taste. Stir to combine.
- Top with pumpkin cold foam (optional). This adds tons of flavor, creaminess, and additional pumpkin flavor.
⁉️ Substitutions and Alterations
- Make this pumpkin spice latte dairy free: If you are lactose intolerant, no problem. You can still guarantee a creamy, delicious pumpkin spice latte. My recommendation is to substitute the dairy milk with your favorite non dairy milk and either skip the cold foam or make it using coconut cream.
- Use a flavored coffee. I love using vanilla flavored coffee to add extra flavor to my iced latte, but regular coffee or another flavored coffee will work too.
❄️ How to Store
Storage: Iced lattes are best enjoyed immediately. However, if you made too much or simply want to store the remaining for later, store leftover iced pumpkin spice latte in an airtight jar for 1 to 2 days. It is best to remove the ice before storing to prevent the latte from becoming watered down.
Freeze the pumpkin spice latte into ice cubes: If you like coffee ice cubes, why not try pumpkin spice latte ice cubes? Freeze this iced latte into ice cubes and add them to any coffee drink. This will prevent your coffee drink from becoming watered down and is a fun way to add pumpkin spice at all times.
Pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks are made with their signature Pumpkin Spice Sauce made primarily from sugar, condensed skim milk, pumpkin puree and preservatives and natural flavors. This homemade pumpkin spice latte is made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives.
A medium sized pumpkin spice latte typically contains about 150 milligrams of caffeine. If you substitute the iced coffee with cold brew, your pumpkin spice latte will contain even more caffeine. Feel free to use decaffeinated coffee if needed. This will not change the taste.
If you order a pumpkin spice latte at a coffee shop like Starbucks, expect to receive a drink with about 50 grams of sugar! The biggest perk of making your own pumpkin spice latte at home is you can decide how much sugar to put in it. As written, this iced latte contains less than half the amount of sugar.
💭 One More Tip
For the creamiest iced latte, use a milk higher in fat. Starbucks iced lattes are made with 2% milk unless requested otherwise. If you’d like this drink to taste like your favorite coffee shop’s iced latte drinks, use 2% milk or even whole milk for that ultra creamy taste.
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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 2 shots espresso or ½ cup (4 ounces) strong brewed coffee*
- ¾ cup (6 ounces) milk of choice can be dairy or non dairy
- 1 to 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice simple syrup depending on taste
- pumpkin cold foam optional, for topping
- Add ice to a cup. Pour in coffee.
- Pour milk and simple syrup over the coffee. Stir to combine.
- Optional: Top with homemade pumpkin cold foam for added flavor and creaminess!
- I like to use a vanilla flavored coffee to add extra flavor to the drink. However, regular coffee will work great too.
- *You can also use decaffeinated coffee for this drink. It will not alter the taste.
- I used coffee ice cubes to prevent the drink from becoming watered down. To make coffee ice cubes: Brew a cup of strong coffee (or use leftover cold brew coffee) and let it cool. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight.
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