Throwback Thursday Pumpkin Spice Latte {copycat}

Time for another Throw Back Thursday!  This week – since Starbucks decided to release their most popular drink – we decided to release our version!  The original post was published in October of 2012 🙂  Enjoy!!!


It’s a fall tradition for me, splurging just a tiny bit every once in a while on a seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  But paying $4.80 for a grande makes me cringe, REALLY cringe, when my normal splurge is a $1.39 medium decaf at a local coffee shop.  So being frugal, I decided to take on the challenge and concoct my own PSL creation at home.  I scoured the internet and found inspiration, but ended up creating my own great recipe that really does replicate the spendy version.  This recipe makes enough to fill two 10 ounce mugs.  Now you too can make a PSL at home without even leaving your jammies, mmm enjoy!

Cheapo DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte


  • 1 cup milk (whatever your preference)
  • 2 heaping T. canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 t. packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice (see below for recipe)
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 t. granulated sugar, or more to taste
  • 1/2 & 1/2 to taste
  • brewed coffee
  • whipped cream
  • ground nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)


  1. Brew your coffee to preference.
  2. In a glass measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and sugar.
  3. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, mixture will be hot & somewhat frothy.
  4. Pour the pumpkin milk into a tall glass or mug.
  5. Add hot coffee.
  6. Pour in desired amount of 1/2 & 1/2. Stir.
  7. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream & a sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon if desired.
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Yield: 5 Tablespoons

Pumpkin Pie Spice


  • 3 T. ground cinnamon
  • 2 t. ground ginger
  • 2 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 t. ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 t. ground cloves


  1. Combine spices in a small bowl, mixing well to combine.
  2. Store in a tight sealing container. Yield is approximately 5 Tablespoons.



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  1. Looks totally delicious! This is my second favorite seasonal Starbucks drink, so I’m definitely going to try this recipe! I know you already saw I included it in the roundup, so I’m just stopping by to pin it!

  2. Linda Klemm Maxie says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  3. Love this idea! Thank you for joining Foodie Friends Friday! Sharing on my Walking on Sunshine FB page!

  4. Hi! I stumbled on your blog and I fell in love with this recipe! I am so excited to have a copycat of my favorite Starbuck’s addiction! lol

    In fact I loved it so much I featured it on my Top 15 easiest, cheapest, and quickest Fall recipes list. If you want a badge for your site or just to check it out you can find it here:
    Have a good day!

    • Nickie, thank you so much for including our PSL, we truly enjoy the flavors of fall at Who Needs A Cape? I pinned your post and will share on our FB page later today too!

  5. I never have Pumpkin Pie Spice when the recipe calls for it. So I do some combo of your ingredients. It’s good to have some measurements to go by. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. You’ll be featured next Saturday. Drop by with a Halloween treat (or trick!).

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa


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