Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

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Make Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino all year with this delicious and easy Starbucks copycat recipe. It’s made using a homemade Frappuccino base syrup so it’s smooth, just like the one at Starbucks.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino copycat drink in a glass cup.

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Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino is a caffeinated frozen coffee drink made in a blender and topped with whipped cream. Pumpkin spice is a combination of spices that give pumpkin pie it’s signature taste. The Starbucks pumpkin spice blend is made with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

Pumpkin spice drinks are seasonal and are only available for a limited time at Starbucks. They’re usually added back to the menu for a couple of months starting at the end of August.

There are 2 Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos on the fall Starbucks menu: Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino (contains coffee) and Pumpkin Spice Creme Frappuccino (no coffee).

All Starbucks Frappuccinos are made with a Frappuccino base syrup, giving them that signature smooth and creamy texture.

Recipe Highlights

  • There’s no espresso or brewed coffee in the drink, only instant coffee. If you want to make the drink caffeine-free, you can take out the instant coffee.
  • This Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino copycat recipe uses a homemade Frappuccino base syrup which should be made first. Store the base syrup in the refrigerator to make Frappuccinos at any time.
  • The recipe makes a grande (16 ounces) Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino using 8 ingredients, including the homemade whipped cream.

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Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Copycat ingredients in bowls and measuring cups.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup: You can’t make a proper Frappuccino without the Frappuccino base syrup. Make a batch of this first.
  • Pumpkin sauce: Starbucks uses a pumpkin spice sauce to sweeten and flavor the drink. Store-bought or homemade pumpkin spice sauce can be used.
  • Instant coffee: Instead of espresso or brewed coffee, Starbucks adds Frappuccino Roast, which is an instant coffee blend of Italian Roast and Signature Espresso. You can use any kind of instant coffee you like.
  • Milk: Whole milk makes your drink creamier than any other kind of milk and it’s what Starbucks uses in their Frappuccinos. You can use any kind of milk you like though.
  • Heavy cream: For the whipped cream topping.
  • Vanilla syrup: Starbucks uses vanilla syrup to flavor and sweeten the whipped cream. Use store-bought or homemade vanilla syrup.
  • Pumpkin spice: A blend of spices that would go into a pumpkin pie. This specific blend is the closest to what Starbucks uses.
  • Ice: Whenever possible, use filtered water to make ice.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Whipped cream in a measuring cup.

Step 1: Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup with a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream. Set aside.

The longer you whisk the heavy cream, the stiffer it’ll get. It should take about 30-50 seconds for soft-medium peaks, which is all you need. Spoon the whipped cream on top of your drink.

Pumpkin spice sauce, instant coffee, milk, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup in a blender.

Step 2: Blend milk, pumpkin spice sauce, homemade Frappuccino base syrup, instant coffee, and ice until smooth.

Start the blender on low and then increase it to high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice blends evenly.

Frappuccino poured into a cup.

Step 3: Pour Frappuccino into a cup.

Whipped cream poured on top of a Frappuccino.

Step 4: Top drink with whipped cream and garnish with pumpkin spice.

Expert Tips

  • Make the homemade Frappuccino base syrup first. You can make a batch ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is made using xanthan gum, a thickener that creates that smooth Frappuccino texture. If you don’t want to use the base syrup, you can replace it with the same amount of simple syrup to match the sweetness, but the texture won’t be the same.
  • If you don’t have vanilla syrup to make the whipped cream, you can replace it with 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Questions You May Have

What’s in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino?

A grande sized drink is made with ice, whole milk, 3 pumps Frappuccino Roast (Coffee Frappuccino syrup), and 3 pumps pumpkin spice sauce. The drink is topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice topping.

What is PSL?

PSL is short for Pumpkin Spice Latte and PSL season is the limited time when Starbucks has their pumpkin spice drinks available.

Can I make this without the coffee?

If you like pumpkin spice but not coffee or the caffeine, you can leave out the instant coffee from the recipe.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino copycat in a glass.

If you tried this Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino recipe, please leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ star rating and let me know how you like it in the comments below.

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Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

By: Jee Choe
A copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino recipe made in 4 easy steps!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Whipped Cream

Instructions 

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    Use a handheld milk frother to make whipped cream in seconds. It should take about 30-50 seconds to get soft-medium peaks.
    ¼ cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • Blend milk, pumpkin spice sauce, homemade Frappuccino base syrup, instant coffee, and ice until smooth.
    Put ingredients into the blender in the order listed. Start the blender on low for 10 seconds, then turn it up to high until smooth. 
    ½ cup whole milk, 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice sauce, 3 tablespoons homemade Frappuccino base syrup, 1 ½ teaspoons instant coffee, 1 cup ice
  • Pour Frappuccino into a cup. Spoon on whipped cream and garnish with pumpkin spice topping.
    Serve immediately.
    ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice topping

Notes

  • Make the homemade Frappuccino base syrup first. You can make a batch ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
  • If you don’t want to use the Frappuccino base syrup, you can replace it with the same amount of simple syrup to match the sweetness, but the texture won’t be the same.
  • Frappuccinos at Starbucks are made with whole milk but you can use any milk you like.
  • If you don’t have vanilla syrup to make the whipped cream, you can replace it with 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 608Carbohydrates: 96gProtein: 5gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 157mgPotassium: 334mgSugar: 94gVitamin A: 1072IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 201mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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