Pumpkin Spiced Latte

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Growing up, I ate a lot of pumpkin curry – sometimes non-vegetarian and sometimes pure vegetarian. Mom would always keep a little extra curry for me knowing that it’s my favorite vegetable and she still does the same. There is something about that dark orange shade; the sweetness and the creamy texture that makes me go for it as soon as my eyes fall on it. Whether you make something savory or sweet, blend it to make a soup or roast it, pumpkin is always very comforting and perfect to warm you up when the weather gets chilly outside.


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Pumpkin spiced latte came to me as a surprise since I was not really familiar with the concept. The idea to add pumpkin in coffee was bizarre to me until I took my first sip couple of years back and realized how perfectly it fits the season. The warmth and the flavor sure do make it a complete fall drink. And this year, we are treating ourselves with a lot of homemade pumpkin spiced latte.


I won’t compare my homemade latte with the Starbucks latte but when it gets cold outside and all you wish for is to hold a hot cup of flavorful coffee to enjoy the autumn weather, it’s always more easy to mix it at home than walk by or drive to the coffee shop. Plus, I just love how the home smells from freshly grounded coffee.


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Making pumpkin spice latte at home is extremely easy if you have pumpkin syrup flavored with pumpkin spice ready in advance. It’s simple and effortless to make the syrup or the spice mix and once the syrup is ready, it can be kept in the refrigerator for weeks. Just brew some coffee, add the syrup, give it a mix and sip!

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


For the pumpkin spiced syrup

  • 1-1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks or 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon grounded cloves
  • 2 to 3 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg powder

For the latte

  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin spiced syrup


  1. To make the syrup, mix all the ingredients listed under syrup and bring it to a boil. Once done, let it simmer at a medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Switch off the heat and once it cools down to room temperature, you can store it in an airtight jar. It will stay good in the refrigerator for weeks! (This makes about 2 cups of syrup)
  3. In a saucepan, mix coffee, pumpkin spiced syrup and heat it. Once done, keep it aside.
  4. To make the latte, pour the milk, half & half and heat it (not boil). Divide it into 4 coffee mugs and using a handy frother, create milk froth on all the cups. You can try with a small whisk if you don't have the frother. It will not create a perfect froth but it will make it airy and create a small layer of froth on top.
  5. Pour the pumpkin spiced coffee in each of the mugs and if you wish, top it with some whipped cream.
  6. Dust cinnamon powder on top and sip!

And while it’s the season to indulge, add some whipped cream and drizzle some caramel sauce on top. Dust a little bit of cinnamon powder and enjoy your homemade latte.


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  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    November 6, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Here I’m my dear again from my phone… Lol
    And now I’m really thinking how badly I need to move closer to you… God u make me so so so hungry for this!!! Perfect Kank!!
    Loving the color love here!

  • Grishma
    November 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    My favorite! I bet this one will beat Starbucks latte 🙂

  • vijitha
    November 6, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Girl, that napkin behind looks good. I love the styling.i dont drink coffee but the drink tempts me to try it.

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      November 6, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Thanks babe 🙂 May be you can have it just with milk, make the froth for the latte effect, minus the coffee!

  • Debjani
    November 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    So so beautiful are these photos. A stamp of Fall no doubt. Like any other Bengali I love a good ripe pumpkin but never quite got around to liking the lattes. One per season is quite all right for me. But I love the scones and the cheesecakes made with the pumpkin spice!

  • Anamika | madcooking
    Anamika | madcooking
    November 6, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    hey, the photos look wow as always :). I have never had pumpkin spiced latte and to me the idea to add pumpkin in coffee still is something which surely will take time to understand, coz in India we do not really mix anything in coffee except whipped cream if we wish to have it lil differently. Looking at your photos and the recipe, I will give it a try some day :)!

  • Rosa
    November 6, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    A divine beverage! Perfectly seasonal. I’ve never had pumpkin spice latte, but I’m pretty sure it tastes better than Starbuck’s latte (not a fan of their stuff)…



  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    November 7, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Haven’t tasted a pumpkin latte ever, now I want a sip!!

  • nisha
    November 7, 2012 at 1:50 AM

    i have had them at starbucks and love it…sadly we dont get ready made pumpkin puree that easily and i somehow find getting the puree done from a whole pumpkin to be a treacherous job, so i sadly stay away from all those yummy pumpkin recipes.
    PS. arent those ikea glasses??? i have the same design ones, but bowls instead 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      November 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Ohh i know. Making pumpkin puree from scratch for coffee, would be too much effort! And yes, those cups are from ikea 🙂

  • Mallika
    November 7, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Stunning Kankana. Love the melange of coffee flavours with pumpkins. Unique, sinful and delicious!

  • Faseela
    November 7, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    wow…super tempting clicks…yummy

  • Shruti
    November 7, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Wow..Just makes me go grab a cup of hot coffee..your photos are stunning!

  • Resham
    November 7, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Love your pics Kankana… N I love the look of the Spiced Latte. I am a big fan of pumpkin… So this post surely struck a chord somewhere deep! Cheers! Keep up the great work. Your passion for food, photography, aesthetics, and just life in general shows in your posts that I receive in my mailbox from time to time. 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      November 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Thank you so much Resham for dropping by and motivating me with your lovely words 🙂 Truly appreciate it, and I am so glad you like my work!

  • IshitaUnblogged
    November 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    First time I’m coming across such a combo Kankana and I have to say that I’m tempted beyond redemption to try this! Where did you first come across this? I also thought bizarre but, if pumpkin soups can be tasty with cream, why not latte?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      November 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      I had this for the first time in US. Starbucks to be precise. It comes in Starbucks ever autumn 🙂

      • IshitaUnblogged
        November 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        Starbucks? I have to request them here… but before that I’ll give your recipe a try!

  • Kiran
    November 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Cannot live without pumpkin spice latte!! Gotta try this recipe when I am back home 🙂

  • manju
    November 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Looks great, but i’m not a fan of pumpkin spice…Your pics look stunning as always!

  • dassana
    November 7, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    the pumpkins motifs in the background look great and adds to the pumpkin season feel. you have also used well blended color combinations that make the pics really awesome..

  • Lail
    November 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Don’t drink coffee, but your photos are tempting. I too love pumpkin and did a pumpkin halva post recently. Given your fondness towards pumpkin, maybe you’ll enjoy it.


  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    November 7, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I love pumpkin spiced lattes, these are gorgeous!

  • Arch
    November 7, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Love the props and styling, beautiful ! I am not so big on coffee, but I love pumpkin, maybe I should try a variation.

  • Rachel @ Bakerita
    Rachel @ Bakerita
    November 7, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Gorgeous photos, and your pumpkin spiced lattes look delicious!

  • Malli
    November 8, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Looks absolutely stunning! inviting cup of Pumpkin latte….perfect for the season

  • tigerfish
    November 8, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    I have heard you but I still cannot imagine having pumpkin in coffee!! Beautiful photos too – you got the autumn mood going.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    November 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Pumpkin and spice really are the flavors of the season aren’t they and they certainly go beautifully together.

  • Nami | JOC
    Nami | JOC
    November 10, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    I have the same cup and all I need is the drink! Seriously, pumpkin spiced latte is my fall/winter favorite and I cannot live without. I was way too excited to see your email because I really drink this a lot (NOT homemade!). I’m ready to make pumpkin spiced syrup and make my own version soon! Thank you for the recipe!

  • Maureen
    November 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    When you indulge you don’t do it by halves. 🙂 I like that about you. This pumpkin spiced latte is perfect!

  • Varada
    November 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Hi Kankana,

    I just stumbled upon your blog while looking for panch-phoron recipe. {Linking back from my blog to it}.

    But this drink looks awesome. Being from India myself, I’ve always shied away from the thought of mixing pumpkin with coffee. But looking at your recipe makes me want to go for it 🙂


  • pavithra
    November 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    ABsolutely delicious fall drink.. Pictures are tooooooo good Kankana. Lovely one, wish I can grab a glass from the screen. Very sinful and delicious !!!


  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    November 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    oh boy! this would have gone so well with my chai shortbread bars last week! If only…….

  • Wizzy
    November 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    mmmmmm looks delicious and very fitting for the season.

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    November 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Pumpkin is also one of my favorite vegetables. I only tried my first pumpkin spiced coffee last week. Now I think I’m addicted:) Thanks for sharing your recipe it sounds great.

  • Sharmila
    November 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I’m in love with these photographs. You might turn me into a flavoured coffee drinker even though I’m a strict fan of just pure coffee. So beautiful!

  • Athena
    November 14, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Love your photos, styling and props, Kankana. Not sure I’ve ever had pumpkin spiced latte but you certainly make it look amazing 🙂

  • Asmita
    November 15, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    This is such a comforting drink! Who wouldn’t want that?

  • Mamta Sharma Das
    Mamta Sharma Das
    December 6, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Hi Kankana, this is my first ever comment on your blog. Love the way you write things simple yet so substantive. Your photography sense is amazing too. Loved the recipe. haven’t tried the pumpkin latte ever but will certainly prepare one soon.

    Love & Hugs
    ~ MSD

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