Nothing welcomes the fall season like a comforting creamy pumpkin drink drizzled with some pumpkin spice. And this Starbucks pumpkin spice chai latte is the perfect drink to get you started. It has all the fall flavors in one cup!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
We can think of so many reasons why you’ll love this copycat version.
- For starters, we are certain you’ll enjoy making it right in the comfort of your kitchen because of how easy the recipe is.
- You only need a handful of ingredients that are most likely in your pantry and this few-step recipe.
- Plus, the copycat version tastes just as great as the one you buy at Starbucks, and you can always make it customized to your liking: creamier, less sugary, or completely vegan – it’s all up to you.
Even better, you can make your spice cream ahead of time, froth it, and add your pumpkin spice topping when ready to indulge. For the tea concentrate, you can opt for the store-bought ne or make yours from scratch.
What is a Chai Latte?
A chai latte is a popular hot beverage made by combining spiced tea (Chai) with steamed milk and topped with foam. The term “chai” is Hindi for word the word “tea”, and in this context, it refers to a blend of black tea with various aromatic spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, and black peppercorns.
The spices may vary from recipe to recipe. Like in our Starbucks version of the pumpkin spice chai latte, we use pumpkin spice.
To make a cup of chai latte, tea concentrate is typically mixed with steamed milk and sometimes sweetened with sugar or a sweetener like honey or syrup. The result is a creamy, flavorful drink with a good balance of flavor.
What is Chai?
On the other hand, Chai is a sweet, milky, and spicy drink made by steeping black tea with milk and spices. Chai is at least thousands of years old and is believed to have been first made in Hindustani and made popular by the British colonials in India.
A variety of spices and herbs can be added to chai, such as cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns, and so much more. This combination makes masala chai which is a more common variation of Chai (or Tea as you might know it).
You only need a few ingredients to make this delicious pumpkin spice chai latte.
Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe
To create our delightful latte, you’ll need some basic kitchen equipment:
- A Pyrex Measuring cup to combine ingredients.
- A Glass for serving.
- A Whisk or Spon for mixing.
Having these items on hand will ensure a smooth and enjoyable latte-making experience.
Step-By-Step How to Make A Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte At Home
Here’s a step-by-step visual guide to make your homemade version of the Starbucks spice chai latte
Step 1: Prepare Pumpkin Cold Foam
In a bowl or measuring cup, mix together 3 tbsp pumpkin puree, 1 tsp pumpkin spice, and 1 tsp condensed milk.
Step 2: Whisk in Cream
Add 3 tbsp cream to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until slightly frothy.
Step 3: Assemble the Drink
Fill a tall glass with ice.
Step 4: Add tea
Pour ½ cup of strongly brewed tea over the ice.
Step 5: Add milk as the next layer.
Gently layer ½ cup milk over the tea. Pick the milk of your choice! Cow’s milk, oat milk, or almond milk all work great!
Step 6: Add Cold foam Mixture. Sprinkle with spices
Spoon the prepared pumpkin cold foam on top of the milk. Sprinkle extra pumpkin spice for garnish.
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Ready To Enjoy Fall With This Latte?
Nothing screams fall like a creamy taste of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, and this Starbucks copycat Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte recipe is a legit fall drink that you can make right at home.
And you know what? You don’t have to wait with bated breath for the fall season to indulge. You can make yourself a cup to sip any time of the year.Print
A refreshing and flavorful beverage combining the warmth of pumpkin spice with the richness of chai. This recipe features a homemade pumpkin cold foam layered over ice, followed by strong brewed tea and milk, creating a visually appealing and deliciously spiced latte.
- 1/2 cup of Strongly Brewed Tea
- 1/2 cup of Milk
- 3 tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
- 3 tablespoons Cream
- 1 teaspoon Condensed Milk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
Prepare Pumpkin Cold Foam: In a bowl, mix together 3 tbsp pumpkin puree, 1 tsp pumpkin spice, and 1 tsp condensed milk.
Whisk in Cream: Add 3 tbsp cream to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until slightly frothy.
Assemble the Drink: Fill a tall glass with ice.
Add Tea: Pour ½ cup of strongly brewed tea over the ice.
Add Milk: Gently layer ½ cup milk over the tea.
Top with Cold Foam: Spoon the prepared pumpkin cold foam on top of the milk.
Garnish (Optional): Sprinkle extra pumpkin spice for garnish.