Scratch Made: Pumpkin Spice Latte


Two weeks ago, while I was home visiting family, I had my first pumpkin latte from Starbucks. Now I know why people love it so much.

Sweet and spicy. Comforting. Full of fall flavors.

And after finding a few recipes and instructions online, I decided I should just make my own and save some money!


The best part?

The syrup takes almost NO time to make!

I had this cooking on the stovetop Sunday evening while I was working on dinner and helping with the house cleaning.


Pumpkin Syrup

Original Recipe from Julie at Savvy Eats

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla sugar + 1/2 cup regular sugar (if you don’t have vanilla sugar, just add 1/2 tsp vanilla to the recipe)
  • 1.25 cups water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat, stirring to keep the syrup from burning. Let the mixture cook together until it’s starting to coat the spoon (about 10 minutes) and remove from heat.

Store in a heat proof container in the fridge.

Heat syrup with coffee or milk before mixing into coffee.


Thanks to my Nespresso Frother from an earlier review with CSN, I mixed my pumpkin syrup with some extra strong Honduran coffee and frothed local milk.

I love the addition of the vanilla + ginger. It gave it even more flavor and added a little more depth to the drink.

My homemade pumpkin “latte” was the perfect drink to start my week with. I can’t wait to have another!

I also found another Pumpkin Spice Latte-at-Home recipe, thanks to my sister.

The one at Vanilla & Lace looks delicious – I’d love to find the pumpkin spice soymilk she used in her recipe! Plus, she mixes hers in a jar, so it’s even more fun.

Thanks to CSN, I’ve been able to hold some fun giveaways and review this frother in the past. And I’ll get to do another review soon! The hard part? Choosing what to review! CSN seriously has everything from milk frothers to bath towels to dining chairs and bed frames! Decisions, decisions…



  1. This is brilliant! Delicious!

  2. Delicious! Pumpkin makes me happy. :)

  3. Oo I knew this post would be heavenly as soon as I read the title–you always come up with some amazingly creative stuff!

  4. You are so inventive – great idea! I am also loving the CSN stores. I’m doing another review soon – a food processor. I am pretty pumped!

  5. This is so perfect for fall! I’m visitng home this weekend and can’t wait to make this for my mom and I :)

  6. Love it! This is *just* what my coffee is missing!

  7. I love that you always figure out how to make something yourself…and then you share it with all of us! Plus, that seems so simple. I even believe I have all the ingredients in my pantry right now! Thanks so much!

  8. See ya Starbucks! This is going to save me a lot of money :) I can’t find pumpkin syrup anywhere and really didn’t want to buy it off the internet, so this is great! I’ve never commented before but I just wanted to say I love your blog and the recipes you put on here :)

  9. I just ran across your blog and this is a genius idea! I love pumpkin everything and my dad just brought me 12 cans when he came to visit. Amazing!

  10. I’m obsessed with Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes during the fall (then I move on to the Dark Cherry Mocha). I love that you hunted around and found a recipe so you could make your own.

    And now I’m also going to try to find that Pumpkin Spice Silk. I think I saw it last year but just thought it would be too strong to drink… I wish I had thought about putting it in my coffee!

  11. Yummmmmmy :) I don’t the pumpkin spice at the ‘bucks, but I bet homemade would be pretty darn good!

  12. I never thought of making pumpkin syrup myself! Sounds delicious!

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  14. Genius! I always get my normal latte because I don’t want to waste money, but why not make it at home?! Sounds delicious and not too hard.

    Also, I’ve never heard of the Nespresso Frother but I just looked it up and it sounds like a handy kitchen appliance. Very cool that you got it through a CSN review – I’ve seen those on several blogs, how did you get involved with them?

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  16. This looks like just the perfect fall weather coffee addition to my daily routine– thank you!

  17. Brandi
    Awesome post. Great pictures and great idea. Can’t wait to try this. Love pumpkin! Good job.

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  19. Genius! This is so simple too, I love it.

  20. Made….love…and made in batches for the staff. Thanks! :)

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