Pumpkin spice tea latte

How to make delicious pumpkin spice chai latte in less than 5 minutes

Cup of pumpkin spice tea latte topped with milk froth and homemade pumpkin spice

Have you ever wondered if tea goes well with pumpkin spice?
Well, it turns out that this is a WONDERFUL combination.
This is the concept behind Pumpkin Spice Chai, a beverage composed of pumpkin spice and pumpkin with tea rather than coffee as in the “original” Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL).
So, if you are looking to make a delicious and warming autumnal beverage with tea, Pumpkin Spice Chai is for you.
Learn how to make pumpkin spice tea latte at home with this simple tutorial.

What is pumpkin spice chai?

Pumpkin Spice Chai is a milk tea with spiced pumpkin.
So basically, it’s the tea version of the classic Pumpkin Spice Latte.

What’s in pumpkin spice chai?

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai is a combination of spiced black tea, pumpkin flavor, sugar, and milk that’s topped with pumpkin spice.

Homemade pumpkin spice

Related: How to make pumpkin spice with 4 ingredients

Pumpkin spice chai latte with chai or regular black tea?

You can make pumpkin spice chai latte with a chai tea bag or with regular black tea, it’s up on your preferences (I personally prefer using plain black tea).

Cup of homemade chai tea made from scratch

Chai is the Hindi term for tea, but it’s often used to refer to the mix of spices that make up masala chai, such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

The main difference between pumpkin pie spice and chai spice is that chai usually includes cardamom and black pepper.

So, if you love spicier tastes, you will probably enjoy this recipe more using chai.
Chai has a comforting taste many people can’t get enough of and it matches very well with pumpkin lattes.
But if you only have black tea on your cabinets right now, you’ll get a very tasty tea anyway.

A trick if you don’t have chai tea bags but you love chai: top your latte with some homemade chai spice instead of pumpkin spice.

Is there caffeine in pumpkin spice chai?

Yes; most chai tea bags include black tea, so unless you use decaf tea, your pumpkin spice chai will have the caffeine contained in black tea.

With roughly something between 30-50 mg. caffeine per cup, pumpkin spice latte has less caffeine than a coffee pumpkin spice latte.

However, if you are looking for a completely caffeine-free pumpkin, rooibos makes a wonderful tea substitute.

Cup of rooibos herbal tea with some cinnamon sticks

How to make pumpkin spice tea latte at home

This homemade pumpkin chai latte is super easy to make, it tastes better than the expensive Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai and you probably already have the few ingredients you need to make this delicious drink.

As with most homemade pumpkin spice lattes, you can prepare this pumpkin spice chai by heating the ingredients in a pan.
But it’s also possible to put everything together in a cup.
This is my favorite method for preparing pumpkin spice tea in minutes!

Tricks you need to get the most delicious tea PSL

Pumpkin spice chai tea with black tea and pumpkin spices


You can use loose tea leaves, but convenient tea bags work great for this beverage.
Just make sure you use a strong-tasting tea like Assam or a chai tea bag since the other tastes will overpower it otherwise.
Use rooibos tea instead of black tea for a caffeine-free or kid-friendly version.

Pumpkin purée

Homemade pumpkin purée from backed butter squash

Use canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin purée (it’s surprisingly easy to make!).
But if you don’t have pumpkin purée and don’t want to make any, just blend steamed or baked pumpkin with the tea.


Erythritol or xylitol are very good options to sweeten this drink because they are tooth-friendly and low-carb.
Natural syrups, like maple syrup or date syrup also work great.
But our favorite option to sweeten pumpkin lattes is homemade vanilla infused honey because when using this, you can skip the vanilla extract.

Homemade vanilla honey in glass

Vanilla extract

To round out the flavor, add a small amount of vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla-infused honey).

Milk of choice

Use your preferred milk as is or frothed.


To make this pumpkin latte extra rich and treat-like, top it with whipped cream.

Pumpkin spice tea latte made with rooibos
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Quick and easy pumpkin spice tea latte recipe

Homemade pumpkin spice chai in less than 5 minutes
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Prep Time:4 mins
Cook Time:1 min
Total Time:5 mins


  • 1 tea bag chai or black tea
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp. homemade vanilla infused honey (you can switch this for 2 tsp. sugar or syrup plus 1 tsp. vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice add as is or frothed
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin spice as topping chai spice also works


  • Steep tea for 3-4 minutes in fresh boiled water.
  • After retiring tea, add pumpkin purée, sweetener of choice, vanilla extract and stir with a wooden spoon or similar.
  • Top with milk. If desired, serve with whipped cream or milk foam and pumpkin spice.



Calories: 180kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot drink, pumpkin, vegetables, with milk
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 180kcal

Other pumpkin spiced beverages to try

If you’ve been looking for a new, easy to make comforting milk drink, try our pumpkin tea latte.
This delicious tea combines the warm flavors of pumpkin and milk with the soothing taste of vanilla and spices – a flavor combination that will make your day brighter!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to try this recipe! I was looking for a good pumpkin spice chai and then ran into yours. This looks easy enough that I could do it too WooHoo!!!

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