Get into the festive spirit with this pumpkin spice cappuccino recipe! This quick, easy and delicious recipe is the perfect drink to warm you up as temperatures begin to decline.
This is the perfect drink for those who don’t like the bitterness of coffee and prefer a sweeter, spiced alternative.
One way to elevate your pumpkin spice cappuccino is to make your own pumpkin spice mix. I like to add freshly grated nutmeg instead of it being powdered. This will help enhance the spices and make for a more complex taste.
Another way to elevate this drink is to choose a quality syrup. For this recipe, I used a seasonal maple syrup which enhances the richness of the drink.
What You Need to Make Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino
There are a couple of seasonal ingredients in this recipe, such as pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, which you may not be able to find year-round. You can also make pumpkin puree with freshly roasted pumpkins which will absolutely elevate your drink to the next level.
If you don’t have a milk frother, that’s alright! I used whipped cream to recreate that airy texture. It also adds to the sweetness of the drink.
- Maple syrup
- Cinnamon sticks
- Espresso shots
- Pumpkin spice mix
- Pumpkin puree
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino
Brew your espresso: Make your espresso or coffee and pour it into a measuring cup. If you have a milk frother, begin steaming your milk.
Mix Ingredients: Place all remaining ingredients in a sauce pot or bowl. Add hot coffee and whisk until fully combined.
Pour: Pour the pumpkin spice cappuccino into glasses.
Add toppings: Top with whipped cream (optional) or frothed milk, spices, and a cinnamon stick and serve.
What is the difference between a cappuccino and a latte?
I’m sure many are familiar with the popular Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks, but this cappuccino gives their popular drink a run for its money. The main difference between a cappuccino and a latte is the amount of milk to espresso ratio, where it is equal parts milk to espresso. A latte, on the other hand, is one-third espresso and the rest is milk.
What does a pumpkin spice cappuccino taste like?
The main notes you taste are the spices and sweetness followed by the pumpkin and espresso flavor.
Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino
- 2 to 4 shots espresso or ½ cup strong coffee
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice more to garnish
- Cinnamon sticks to garnish
- Canned whipped cream optional
- Brew coffee until boiling hot.
- Place all remaining ingredients in a sauce pot or bowl.
- Add hot coffee and whisk until fully combined.
- Heat on a stove for 5 minutes until boiling.
- Once ingredients have combined, pour into glasses.
- Top with whipped cream (optional), spices, a cinnamon stick and serve.
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