Last Updated on September 25, 2022 by laurenpacek
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An Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte lets you enjoy all of the flavors of Fall while the weather is still warm. Or if you're of the belief that cold coffee should be enjoyed year round!
This Iced PSL has it all: it's caffeinated, cold, and full of cozy pumpkin pie spices. It tastes just like your favorite Starbucks treat. Customize it to meet your tastes and needs by adding more or less pumpkin spice syrup/sauce and using your favorite milk.
I've been drinking these iced lattes at my desk, while working in the morning. Although I'll admit, I've been known to enjoy one as an afternoon pick-me-up, too. They're great for when you need to jump start your energy levels as well as for when you want to enjoy a relaxing (albeit caffeinated) Fall treat.
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What is an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte?
I think that most folks are familiar with Starbucks' über popular Fall drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Or PSL.
A Pumpkin Spice Latte is made up of espresso, pumpkin spice syrup/sauce, and steamed milk. As you can probably guess, an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte has all of the ingredients in the original PSL, except that it's served over ice and with cold milk, instead of steamed.
It's a really great way to enjoy some pumpkin spice goodness while the weather is still warm (hello, September) OR if you're like me and think that cold coffee should be consumed year round, regardless of the weather.
- Pumpkin spice syrup/sauce: This sauce/syrup is made with real pumpkin and a host of pumpkin pie spices. You can use a store bought pumpkin spice sauce (like Torani) or my homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup. I've used both, and the results are very nice.
- Espresso: When making this recipe, ideally you'll use espresso made using an espresso machine. I have a Nespresso Vertuo, and absolutely love it. The next best option would be to use really strong coffee.
- Milk: You can use pretty much whatever kind of milk that you prefer for this latte. I'm an oat milk kinda gal, but if you like cow's milk or almond milk (or some other variety), feel free to use those.
- Optional garnishes: If you're feeling it, you can top your iced latte with a little whipped cream and a dusting of pumpkin pie spices!
How to make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
It's incredibly easy to make an iced PSL at home. You'll start out with an empty glass. Use whatever you plan to drink the latte out of.
Add your pumpkin spice syrup/sauce to the bottom of the glass. Putting the sauce into the glass first is especially important if you're using a thicker sauce. If you added ice to the glass first, and then the sauce, odds are that the sauce would hit the ice and start to freeze. This would make it more difficult for the sauce to integrate into the iced latte.
Add your hot, freshly brewed espresso to the glass over the pumpkin spice syrup. Give it a little stir to make sure that the syrup/sauce dissolves into the hot espresso.
Now you can add your ice. Fill the glass most of the way up with ice. Mine is basically full, but you do you.
Next, add the milk of your choosing. I used oat milk; it's what I use for all of my lattes. And watch those swirls <3
You can also top your iced latte with some sweetened whipped cream and a dusting of pumpkin pie spice, if you're feeling it.
Other cold coffee drinks
- Iced Peppermint Mocha from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Ube Latte from Masala and Chai
- Iced Lattes from A Nerd Cooks
- Starbucks Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Coffee at Three
- Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew from A Nerd Cooks
- Iced Honey Almond Milk Flat White from The Healthful Ideas
- Java Chip Frappuccinos from A Nerd Cooks
FAQs/Tips and tricks
You have a couple of options. You can use some really strong coffee (probably the next best choice) or instant espresso (not the first recommended choice, but could work in a pinch).
In short: whatever you like. I have used oat milk (Oatly and/or Chobani full fat/extra creamy) and 2% cow's milk. Both have worked beautifully. Though I haven't tried it, I imagine that almond milk would work well, too.
Sure! You'll want to omit the ice (duh) and warm and froth whatever milk you're using, instead of adding it in cold.
Yes! It's modeled after the Starbucks Iced PSL, so it should taste like your favorite treat, just cheaper. And at home.
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- 3 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup or sauce
- 2 shots espresso (about 2 ounces)
- 1 cup ice (approximate)
- ¾ cups milk of choice
- whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices, for garnish (optional)
- Add the pumpkin spice syrup/sauce to the bottom of whatever glass you'll be drinking out of.
- Pour the hot espresso over the syrup/sauce and give everything a bit of a stir.
- Add the ice to the glass.
- Pour the milk over the ice and stir everything together gently.
- Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices, if desired.
With ice and everything, this makes a drink that's approximately 16 ounces (or a Grande size at Starbucks).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 684Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1040mgCarbohydrates: 115gFiber: 7gSugar: 87gProtein: 14g