This spiced pumpkin chai latte is what you need to bring the Autumn flavors to your cozy mornings or quiet moments by the fireplace. With its aromatic spices, creamy texture, and delightful combination of pumpkin and masala chai, it is the perfect beverage to embrace the spirit of the season and warm your heart.
It is easy to make and better than the one from your favorite coffee shop! Plus, by making it at home, you can customize the sweetness and ingredients to suit your taste preferences.
Pumpkin chai tea lattes are a popular fall drink, and while they are easily available at coffee shops, you can make pumpkin chai at home. Chai pumpkin spice latte is a delicious and festive way to enjoy the fall season.
My homemade pumpkin spice chai latte is a perfect combination of pumpkin spice and masala chai. So skip the Starbucks (or your local coffee shop) and make your own copycat chai pumpkin latte at home with this easy recipe.
Why you will love this recipe?
- It is simple and easy to make. This pumpkin spice chai latte recipe requires only a few ingredients and can be made in less than 10 minutes.
- It is customizable. You can adjust the amount of pumpkin puree, sweetener, and spices to your liking.
- It is delicious and festive. The pumpkin chai tea latte is a classic and perfect fall drink that is warming and flavorful. It is perfect for enjoying cold, chilly days and curling up with a good book.
Tea: I am using loose black tea. You can also use black tea bags (chai tea bags).
Spices: I am using ginger, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cloves, star anise, whole pepper, and ground nutmeg.
Pumpkin puree: Use homemade pumpkin purée or canned pumpkin purée. If you are using canned puree, make sure it is plain pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
Sweetener: I am using raw sugar; however, any sweetener of your choice can be used. Plain sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey are great options.
Milk: I am using whole milk to make this pumpkin chai tea. You can use any milk of your choice, including plant-based milk.
Iced pumpkin spice chai latte: Brew a strong chai tea and mix it with pumpkin puree and spices. Allow it to cool and serve over ice for a refreshing iced version.
Dirty pumpkin spice chai tea latte: Add a shot of espresso and vanilla extract to your pumpkin chai latte for a caffeine kick, creating a "dirty" chai latte with the rich flavor of coffee.
Vegan: Use non-dairy milk, such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or oat milk, instead of regular milk for a vegan-friendly version.
Toppings: You can also add other toppings to the chai pumpkin spice latte, such as whipped cream, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, or marshmallows.
Step 1: In a medium saucepan, combine black tea, water, homemade pumpkin puree, sweetener, ginger, and spices (cinnamon, cardamom, clove, star anise, ground nutmeg, and black pepper).
Step 2: Mix everything well and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and strain the mixture using a fine-mesh sieve.
Step 3: In another small saucepan, heat milk until it is steaming. Do not boil the milk. Once the milk is hot, froth it well using a milk foamer.
Step 4: Pour hot milk over the concentrate. Top with ground nutmeg and serve.
Use real pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling contains added sugar and spices, which can alter the taste of the latte.
Adjust the amount of pumpkin puree, sweetener, and spices to your liking. You can also use different types of milk, such as unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
For a richer flavor, use whole milk instead of skim milk.
To make the latte ahead of time, simply brew the chai tea and pumpkin puree mixture. Let it cool completely to room temperature, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you're ready to drink it, reheat the mixture over medium heat until it's warmed through. Then, add the milk and sweetener of your choice and stir until combined.
To froth the milk, you can use a milk frother, French press, or even just a whisk. If you don't have a milk frother, simply heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it's steaming. Then, whisk it vigorously until it's frothy.
Adding pumpkin to drinks is a lovely way to enjoy the autumn flavors. Serve this chai latte or this pumpkin pie mocktail alongside air fryer French toast roll-ups or an easy pumpkin bread for an indulgent Fall brunch.
Pumpkin spice and chai spice are similar, but they are not the same. Pumpkin spice is typically made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, while chai spice includes those spices plus cardamom, cloves, star anise, and black pepper. Pumpkin spice is often associated with best fall flavors, while chai spice is more commonly used in Indian cuisine. However, both spice blends are versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, including baked goods, drinks, and savory dishes.
Pumpkin spice is a blend of spices that is typically used to flavor pumpkin pie, but it can also be used in other baked goods, drinks, and savory dishes. The most common spices in pumpkin spice are cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
Yes, you can scale up the recipe to make a larger batch for gatherings. Just make sure to adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly. You can use a large pot or slow cooker to keep it warm.
Leftover pumpkin chai mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Be sure to give it a good stir before reheating.
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Indian Spiced Pumpkin Chai Latte
- 2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoon black tea or 2 tea bags
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoon sweetener
- 1 cup water
Make pumpkin chai concentrate:
- In a medium saucepan, combine black tea, water, pumpkin puree, sweetener, ginger, and spices (cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ground nutmeg, black pepper).
- Mix everything well and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
- Turn off the heat and strain the mixture using a fine-mesh sieve. This will give you around one cup of pumpkin chai concentrate.
Make pumpkin chai latte:
- Divide the chai concentrate into two mugs.
- In another small saucepan, heat milk until it is steaming. Do not boil the milk.
- Once the milk is hot, froth it well using a milk foamer.
- Pour hot milk over the concentrate. Top with ground cinnamon and serve.