Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

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Warm up on chilly days with a pumpkin spice latte made with chai (instead of coffee), pumpkin spice, and pumpkin puree. Get step-by-step instructions and tips on how to make it delicious from a Tea Sommelier.

Pumpkin spice latte drink in a cup.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • For chai lovers, this drink is a twist on a pumpkin spice latte by taking out the coffee and replacing it with tea. It’s easy to make at home!
  • Made from scratch using chai, a spiced black tea, real pumpkin (you can buy this in a can), homemade pumpkin spice (blend of four spices used to flavor a pumpkin pie: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves), brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • Make it cafe-quality by topping off the drink with a perfect layer of froth by using an electric milk frother or a French press.

Love chai? Make my Decadent Chai Latte, Iced Chai Latte, and Chai Frappuccino.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Make a batch of homemade pumpkin spice syrup and add it to warm milk for kids. There’s no caffeine in the syrup.

Ingredient Notes

Pumpkin spice chai latte ingredients.
  • Chai
    Use loose tea, tea sachets, or tea bags. Tea bags are the easiest to use and what I would recommend for this recipe. With all the other flavors that goes into this drink, you don’t need the highest quality chai.
  • Pumpkin puree
    Canned pumpkin puree is cooked pumpkin and this is where the pumpkin flavor comes from. Get a can of puree for less than $2.
  • Ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cloves
    These four spices make up the pumpkin spice blend.
  • Brown sugar
    Gives the drink a deeper, richer flavor.
  • Vanilla extract
    Makes every drink I make even better as a flavor enhancer.
  • Milk
    Any kind of milk can be used.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Four photo collage showing steps to make pumpkin spice chai latte.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  1. Heat pumpkin puree and spices on low heat.
  2. Add milk, brown sugar, and chai tea bags. Simmer then take off heat. Discard tea bags and add vanilla extract.
    If you’re using loose tea, put the tea into a tea filter bag. Keep stirring while on the stovetop so that the pumpkin puree is completely incorporated into the milk.
  3. Froth pumpkin spice chai latte.
    Use an electric milk frother or French press to froth.
  4. Pour latte into two cups.

Expert Tips

  • When it comes to lattes, it’s all about heating on simmer so make sure the heat is always on low. If the heat is too high, the milk may boil, which is what you don’t want.
  • In other tea latte recipes, I like to put loose tea right into the milk without a tea filter bag but for this recipe, it’s easier to use chai tea bags.
  • Make your own pumpkin spice syrup using my recipe.
  • The easiest way to froth the drink is to put it into an electric milk frother.
  • To froth in a French press, pour the drink into one, filling it halfway. Put the lid on and pump the plunger a few times until the drink doubles in volume. And done!

Questions You May Have

How is Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte different from Pumpkin Spice Latte?

The Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte is made with tea (no coffee) and the Pumpkin Spice Latte is made with coffee (no tea).

Can I use make this with almond milk?

Yes! Any kind of milk will work.

Do I need to froth this drink?

You can just make the drink on the stovetop and skip the frothing if you like, but personally, I like it better with the froth.

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Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

Author: Jee Choe
A fall favorite, this warm drink is made with chai, instead of coffee.
4.6 from 49 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Drinks
Yield2 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 2 cups milk any kind
  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Heat pumpkin puree and spices on low heat.
    In a saucepan, stir together pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Use a spoon to mash the ingredients.
  • Add milk, brown sugar, and chai tea bags. Simmer on low for five minutes then take off heat. Discard tea bags and add vanilla extract.
    If you're using loose tea, put the tea into a tea filter bag. Keep stirring while on the stovetop so that pumpkin puree is completely incorporated into the milk and the sugar has dissolved.
  • Froth pumpkin spice chai latte.
    Pour drink into an electric milk frother or French press to froth. To froth in a French press, fill it halfway with the latte and pump the plunger up and down a few times until the drink doubles in volume.
  • Pour latte into two cups.

NOTES

  • When it comes to lattes, it’s all about heating on simmer so make sure the heat is always on low. If the heat is too high, the milk may boil, which is what you don’t want.
  • In other tea latte recipes, I like to put loose tea right into the milk without a tea filter bag but for this recipe, it’s easier to use chai tea bags.
  • Use loose tea, tea sachets, or tea bags. Tea bags are the easiest to use since you don’t need to strain the tea leaves and since there are so many flavors that goes into this drink, you don’t need the highest quality chai.
  • The easiest way to froth the drink is to put it into an electric milk frother.
  • To froth in a French press, pour the drink into one, filling it halfway. Put the lid on and pump the plunger a few times until the drink doubles in volume. And done!

NUTRITION

Calories: 230 | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 5064IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 293mg | Iron: 1mg
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10 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte”

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks again for the recipe! I know that I can rely on anything when it comes to tea. (And now, coffee!)
    IMPORTANT Question: I have Vahdam Masala Chai bags and sachets (1. As much as I LOVE the Tazo Chai, I’m wondering, w/o adjusting anything but the tea, do you have any recommendations regards to altering the measurements of the tea? (2 tsp/bag)
    As always, thanks for going above and beyond!

    Reply
    • Hi Jessica, you can swap out one tea sachet or tea bag with the same from another brand. No need to add more or less.

      Reply
  2. I love this recipe so much! It has the perfect amount of everything in it. I have been making it for about two years now for friends, family, and myself. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Reply

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