10 Cheaper Ways to Support Your Pumpkin Spice Latte Habit
After September slams the door on summer, at least you've got PSL season to look forward to. But if you're not venturing out to coffee shops right now — or you're keeping an eye on your budget — here's how you can make your own pumpkin spice drinks at home. Bonus: Your name will never again be misspelled on your cup.
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Love the classic? "My husband is obsessed with Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes," says Zippy. "I created this recipe so we wouldn't have to go broke." How close does it come to the real thing? LivinOurLuvSong gives it her stamp of approval, saying, "I am a former Starbucks Manager. Pumpkin spice was my favorite. I followed the recipe to the letter but use 2% milk. I thought this was a good recipe without using a milk steamer."
Spicy Pumpkin Spice Latte
Not doing dairy? This one's made with almond milk and packs an extra kick with a grind of black pepper. Not only that, it's made with real pumpkin purée.
Home cook Sara Nicholssays, "This recipe encouraged me to finally try almond milk. Absolutely delicious! I now keep 1/2 cup containers of pumpkin purée in my freezer"
Famous No Coffee Pumpkin Latte
Not doing caffeine? You can still get your PSL fix minus the jitters. With 100+ 5-star reviews, it's a tried-and-true winner you can share with the whole family. "My kids and I loved this. Loved. I will admit, I did add coffee to mine, but the kids drank theirs as is and asked for the rest of what was left in the saucepan. A+ drink." —Sarah Jo
Pumpkin Spice Whipped Coffee
Quick Pumpkin Spice Latte
My Hot Southern Mess says it's important to strain the mixture at the end (like it says in the recipe), otherwise you'll have "pumpkin spice sludge" in your cup.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup
Keep this on hand and add it to espresso and steamed milk for almost instant PSL anytime. Greysquirrl loves it, saying, "Great recipe, I hate having to pay for something I know I can EASILY make and I know what ingredients are in it."
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin Spice Protein Drink
Get your PSL fix and feel extra good about it, too. "Excellent smoothie!" says Sugarplum. "I have made this twice now. First time I followed the recipe exactly and used dates and vanilla protein powder and it was super good. Second time I used peanut butter instead of dates and I had some chocolate protein powder that I wanted to try and that was really good too."
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Pumpkin purée goes for a spin in your blender along with almond milk, pumpkin syrup, pumpkin pie spice, ice cubes, and the sweetener of your choice
Homemade Coffee Creamer (Pumpkin Spice)
Satisfy your pumpkin spice craving in an instant by keeping a jar of this homemade coffee creamer on hand. Made with cream, maple syrup, pumpkin purée, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetened condensed milk, it's easy to make and easy to use. If you don't do dairy, you might like this version that's paleo- and vegan-friendly.
Pumpkin Spice Martini
Yes, I've gone a bit off the rails here, but if you're a true PSL lover, you'll know there's no limit to your obsession. Vanilla vodka, Irish cream, and pumpkin-flavored liqueur get shaken up with pumpkin pie spices for an unusual fall cocktail.