Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks copycat): Make your own iced pumpkin spice lattes for around $2 and stop overpaying for your favorite fall iced latte drink.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Even as fall sets in, I’m not quite ready to give up my iced lattes. I can’t help it! Now that I’ve figured out how to so easily and cheaply make them at home, I’ve been on a roll with them since May when the weather started to warm up.

My go to is this iced vanilla latte. But as soon as fall hits – and I do mean the actual first day of fall, not the Starbucks first day of fall when they release the pumpkin spice latte – I’m all about the homemade PSL.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

So I decided late in the summer that I would need to come up with my own iced pumpkin spice latte recipe this fall. Since I started working at home in May 2019, I decreased my Starbucks consumption exponentially and I seriously can’t even tell you how much money I’ve saved by making my iced lattes at home.

Hundreds of dollars, I would suspect! And that has made a pretty big impact on our monthly budget!

Before I dig too deeply into this iced PSL recipe, let’s go back to the basics of making an iced latte at home first.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients

First, you need espresso. I’ve seen a few iced latte recipes out there that call for strongly brewed coffee and ummm?

No. A latte is made with espresso. Plain and simple. Strongly brewed coffee will not give you the same flavor (and caffeine jolt) as espresso will.

Pinnable image of a homemade Starbucks iced pumpkin spice latte drink recipe.

You can make your espresso with a stove top espresso maker or with an espresso machine. I use this Nespresso machine with these espresso pods and the machine has been an absolute workhorse in our kitchen for the past 3 years.

There are other brands of single brew espresso machines aside from Nespresso too so do your homework to see what works best for you before you purchase one.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Smells Like Home readers have been buying these cans of brewed espresso and while I can’t speak to how good they are, I wanted to throw them out there as an option for you too.

Next, you need some flavoring. I used my pumpkin spice creamer for this pumpkin spice latte. Man alive, it tastes JUST like pumpkin pie! For my iced vanilla lattes, I use this vanilla syrup.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

You need also milk. Any kind of milk will work for an iced latte.

I know Starbucks offers whipped cream as a topping, but I don’t see the point in this for an iced latte. It’s just not my thing.

And lastly, although completely optional, you can add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice over the top of the finished drink. It adds a bit of extra pumpkin flavor and I just love it!

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

How to Make an Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

To make an iced pumpkin spice latte at home, you’ll:

STEP 1: Take your espresso and pour it over a glass filled with ice. The espresso can be hold or cold when you do this and I tend to make mine with hot espresso because I don’t have the patience to wait for it to cool down.

STEP 2: Then, you’ll pour in the pumpkin spice creamer. I suspect a store-bought pumpkin pie syrup would work too, as would a homemade pumpkin spice syrup.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

But I made my creamer to use in different recipes and I wanted something a bit thicker and richer than a flavored simple syrup.

STEP 3: Next, pour in your milk. You’ll need 6 to 8 ounces of milk for a 16 ounce glass.

STEP 4: Stir everything up well and then add a sprinkle of some pumpkin pie spice if you wish.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

And there you have it! A homemade iced pumpkin spice latte! Could that have been any easier to make?

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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yield: 1 16 oz drink
Prep Time: 1 minute
Espresso Brew Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Your favorite fall iced vanilla latte drink can easily be made at home for around $2! Forget about overpaying at the coffee shop and make your own iced pumpkin spice latte using my very-well tested Starbucks copycat recipe. Bonus? There's REAL PUMPKIN in this one! Make the pumpkin spice creamer for this latte once and use it for up to 10 drinks!



  1. Pour the espresso over the ice in a 16 oz glass (see note below).
  2. Add pumpkin spice creamer to the glass.
  3. Pour milk into the glass and stir until the milk, creamer, and espresso are combined.
  4. Sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice over the top, if desired.


You can either brew the espresso directly over the ice if you have an espresso machine or make the espresso on the stove top and pour it over the ice. The espresso can be hot or cold when you pour it over the ice.

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  • JE Anderson
    August 4, 2020 at 12:19 PM

    sorry I gave up on getting your recipe as there were so many ads to wade past. I understand that you need to drag out the word count to get the extra inches of space for ad revenue but it was just too much and too wordy. Not trying to be mean, just letting you know the 1st time visitor experience.

    best of luck!

    • Tara
      August 7, 2020 at 7:43 PM

      Thanks for your feedback and for understanding that the ads on my site pay my bills. I’m also a very thorough person by nature so I don’t “drag out” the word count – I’m simply covering lots of information in 1 post.

  • S.Hansen
    December 13, 2020 at 2:15 PM

    I think it was a great recipe and that it was nice to have instead of paying lots of money somewhere else, but it did take awhile since i had to make the pumpkin creamed myself.

    • Tara
      December 28, 2020 at 9:16 AM

      Yes, it does take a little longer if you’re also making the creamer but it’s well worth the wait!

  • Susie
    September 9, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Cant wait to be try your recipe at ho me e! Thank on you for sharing! Love the fall! Love pumpkin! 💖

    • Tara
      September 10, 2021 at 3:14 PM

      I hope you love it, Susie!