This cool drink will captivate your attention with its rich taste and gentle sweetness; with each sip, it would get easier for you to be present and enjoy the moment. You might think that I’m out of my mind for describing it like it’s some sort of a Buddhist decoction, but I’m telling you, this Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte is truly awesome, so I’m about to share its recipe. If you like having such a drink at Starbucks, you will definitely love this copycat version that you can easily DIY at home.
Before we get to the ingredients, let’s see how many calories a serving contains. A glass of a homemade Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte, made by following my recipe, contains 270 kcal. If you add whipped cream on top, the calorie count will go up to around 310 kcal. You can reduce the calories of your coffee drink by making adjustments to the ingredients, but I’ll touch on that later.
Now let’s continue.
To make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte you need the following ingredients:
- Ice Cubes.
- Milk: 2 fl oz (60 ml).
I used whole milk for this particular Pumpkin Spice Latte that you see on the photos, but you can always have it substituted with almond, coconut, soy or other dairy-free milk.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: 2 fl oz (60 ml) or 3.5 tablespoons.
This ingredient will make your Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte sweet and yummy.
If you want to lower the calorie count of this homemade beverage, or if you don’t want it to be that sweet, you can use 1 fl oz (30 ml) of sweetened condensed milk and 3 fl oz (90 ml) of whole milk instead. This will make the Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte that you’ve made at home 200 calories instead of 270.
- Pumpkin Puree:1.4 oz (40 g) or 2.5 tablespoons.
I used a pumpkin puree that I made at home last fall, but you can get one of these organic canned purees instead.
This ingredient will take your Pumpkin Spice Latte experience to the next level, but even without it your drink would still be quite good.
You might as well be interested in substituting it with this syrup by Torani which is perfect for flavoring to coffee if you’re on a keto diet.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: 1 teaspoon.
To make the best Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, you need to add this spice to your drink. It carries the signature flavor that you’re looking for when having such an iced beverage. I make my Pumpkin Pie Spice at home, by mixing the following spices:
- Espresso: single shot – around 1 fl oz (30 ml).
I actually prefer making my iced latte with a double shot, as for me the stronger the coffee flavor, the better. You might want to pull a double ristretto or even a lungo shot and use it for your DIY Pumpkin Spice drink and it’s perfectly fine to make such recipe adjustments if you feel like it.
- Whipped Cream (optional as a topping).
Apart from a coffee maker (preferably espresso machine), there is no other essential equipment that you’re going to need in order to make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Other than that I feel obligated to recommend using a battery operated drink mixer, also known as a milk frother, as it does a perfect job at mixing all the Pumpkin Spice Latte ingredients together. It makes the beverage creamy and smooth and takes it to the next level. Using this device is one of the cheapest yet most efficient ways to froth milk and make milk foam for homemade lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and other cool coffee drinks that you might be interested in experimenting with at home.
You can check out such a drink mixer by Zulay on Amazon by clicking here.
How to make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home?
To make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, do the following:
- Mix well all the ingredients together (except espresso and whipped cream).
- Pour mixed liquid in a glass over ice cubes
- Add espresso shot on top.
- Add toppings. You can either sprinkle your DIY drink with Pumpkin Spice or top off the latte with whipped cream.
If you follow my directions here’s what the iced beverage would look like:
Here’s how an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte is going to look if it’s topped off with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice:
I don’t usually add whipped cream on top as I don’t need extra sweetness or creaminess, especially when my homemade latte is made by following the recipe above.
Nevertheless, feel free to add this topping if this is going to make you happier and more satisfied. After all, at Starbucks, where this drink was first introduced to the world, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are served with whipped cream and pumpkin spice on top, so we should definitely consider it as an option.
Over to you
You now know it’s easy to make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte at home.
I hope you liked this recipe, as I believe it is the best. But there’s always something better around the corner, so drop me a comment below to let me know whether you have any recommendations.
And to those of you who’ve already tried DIY-ing this iced coffee beverage at home – leave a comment and let me know whether you liked it.