I love the Starbucks® pumpkin spice lattes and have tried to replicate their recipe. I finally feel I've come close and would love to share it. Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring regularly, until sugar is dissolved completely into a simple syrup, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir 6 tablespoons pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice into the syrup. Bring liquid again to a simmer and cook until the syrup is well-spiced, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Strain the mixture through a sheet of cheesecloth. Return liquid to the saucepan over low heat.

  • Stir sweetened condensed milk and remaining 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie filling into the spiced syrup and cook, stirring regularly, until the pumpkin dissolves into the liquid, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

For a pumpkin spice latte: mix 3 tablespoons syrup with 1 to 2 shots brewed espresso and 3/4 cup steamed milk (2% for a fuller, creamier latte) in a mug.

Nutrition Facts

105 calories; protein 0.6g 1% DV; carbohydrates 24.6g 8% DV; fat 0.7g 1% DV; cholesterol 1.6mg 1% DV; sodium 25.2mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2014
Very impressive recipe I'm speechless! I followed the recipe as written with the exception of straining the spices through a cheesecloth since I didn't have one on hand and the coffee filter method failed. I brewed some espresso in my machine and made an iced pumpkin spice latte with the same measurements as the popular coffee houses and it turned out perfecto! One word of caution is this recipe makes a large amount you may want to consider cutting the recipe in half or more. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2015
far too sweet the flavours were a little passive for my tastes Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2014
Very impressive recipe I'm speechless! I followed the recipe as written with the exception of straining the spices through a cheesecloth since I didn't have one on hand and the coffee filter method failed. I brewed some espresso in my machine and made an iced pumpkin spice latte with the same measurements as the popular coffee houses and it turned out perfecto! One word of caution is this recipe makes a large amount you may want to consider cutting the recipe in half or more. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2016
I don't know why you added pumpkin pie spice to this along with the individual spices that make up pumpkin pie spice blend. I would simply add more PP spice blend or increase the individual spices but not both. A bit too much sugar...I do 1/2 cup less total and divide it between brown and white sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2015
Oh my!...this was very good! So much nicer than the McDonalds and Starbucks versions I've tried. I used 2 tsp of ground ginger and cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of gr. cloves & a generous sprinkle of pumpkin pie Spice and also substituted canned pure pumpkin rather than the "already" spiced pumpkin pie filling as its considerably cheaper in the grocery store and just added extra spice to make up for it. I love that the syrup lasts for a couple weeks in the fridge so you can make and share them easily within minutes. Will keep this recipe in mind during the Christmas season. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2015
Yum. Used 1/3 less sugar and didn't have cloves. Also used puréed pumpkin instead of pumpkin pie filling. Stored extra in a jar and enjoying for days. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2017
This is the closest I've tasted to Starbucks but actually better! Starbucks has a chemically taste to me (likely from preservatives) and is too heavy on the hot spices- cloves ginger etc). I made a few adjustments- I omitted the fresh ginger at the beginning because I'm not a huge fan of ginger and knew I would get enough with the pumpkin pie spice. I didn't have pumpkin pie filling so I just used canned pumpkin but added an additional half teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (1 tsp total). I also divided the sugar by using 1 cup white and 1/2 cup brown sugar and it gave it a rich yummy caramel taste! I used 2 tablespoons syrup with 2 shots espresso 8 ounces steamed milk for a delicious beverage- about the same sweetness as starbucks but not the bitter aftertaste. Thanks so much for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2015
far too sweet the flavours were a little passive for my tastes Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2016
Great Recipe I hate having to pay for something I know I can EASILY make and I know what ingredients are in it. I only used 1/2 C Sugar because reading other reviews they said it was very sweet. I felt even with the sugar I used it was more than sweet enough for me. The pumpkin has sugar as well as the condensed milk. I will be making another batch for Holiday Gifts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2017
Loved this! It's not exactly like the Starbucks version it's a little more home-made tasting but in a good way. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2017
I have been craving the Starbucks pumpkin spice sauce for weeks and this tastes almost exactly like it. For the spices I just did 1/2 tsp of ground clover ground ginger ground nutmeg pumpkin pie spice and 1 tsp of cinnamon. I did strain it with the the cheese cloth but I kept the strained out portion to do a taste test at the end. I found I liked it better when I added back in the strained portion. Read More