Move over, PSL – there’s a new fall-flavored sheriff in town. Introducing the Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte! Imagine your favorite iced chai latte recipe, except adorned with a pillowy dollop of pumpkin cream cold foam. It’s the newest craze at Starbucks, and I couldn’t wait to share my budget-friendly homemade version with you here!
Anybody who knows me will tell you, I’m a real sucker for fall. All those memes about basic white girls and pumpkin spice-flavored everything? They’re completely accurate. 😆 From pumpkin-spiced scones and cookies to coffees and oatmeal, I’m living that pumpkin spice life from about mid-August all the way through Thanksgiving.
This iced and pumpkin-spiced chai latte might just be my favorite new autumnal afternoon pick-me-up. It’s sweet, cozy, lightly caffeinated, and perfectly frosty — just what I need when I’m waiting in the kiddo car line.
Plus, this is an iced chai latte with pumpkin spice, so you know I’m for it. All that’s left to do is throw on a pair of yoga pants and some cozy Uggs, then snap a selfie while enjoying your homemade treat! 🥤🎃🍁
- What is an Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte?
- What does it taste like?
- Why You’ll Love This Iced Pumpkin Chai Latte Recipe
- Ingredients Needed
- How To Make An Iced Chai Tea Latte With Pumpkin Cold Foam
- Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Success Tips
- Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte Nutrition
- Other Starbucks Copycat Recipes
- Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte (Starbucks Copycat)
What is an Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte?
Nothing less than the most brand-spankin’-new Starbucks offering, of course! Heck, friends. I’ve actually jumped the gun on it. This deliciously sweet riff on chai lattes has been part of Starbucks’ “secret menu” since they introduced pumpkin cold foam, and it’s become so popular that they’re planning on unveiling it later this month!
This frosty chai pumpkin spice latte is essentially just a regular iced chai latte — for all of you unfamiliar, that’s spiced, sweetened tea mixed with milk served over ice — but then it’s topped with a dollop of creamy, dreamy pumpkin sweet cream cold foam!
What does it taste like?
Imagine the cozy comfort of your favorite chai latte, intricately woven with the rich essence of autumn's beloved pumpkin. With each icy sip, you'll experience the familiar warmth of chai spices mingling seamlessly with the velvety, pumpkin-infused cream cold foam that crowns this masterpiece.
The symphony of gourd-geous flavors begins as fragrant cinnamon and delicate clove interlace with robust cardamom, crafting a chai tea base that's as traditional as it is exquisite. But the twist lies in the crown jewel — a dollop of sweetly spiced pumpkin cream cold foam that rests atop the frosty elixir.
If you, like me, embrace your inner Basic Betch every fall, this copycat version of an iced Starbucks pumpkin spice chai latte promises to be your passport to the pumpkin-spiced wonderland of your dreams!
Why You’ll Love This Iced Pumpkin Chai Latte Recipe
Aside from being the best new Starbucks copycat drink around, this icy chai latte with pumpkin cold foam is also:
- Made With Only 6 Simple Ingredients - They’re all easy to find at the store, and easy to pronounce, too! No preservatives, artificial colors, or weird stabilizers to see here.
- Quick & Easy - All you need is 5 minutes — less time than you’d wait in line at your local coffee shop!
- Cozy & Refreshing - Which, in my opinion, is the perfect combo to bid summer farewell and embrace the new season.
As promised, you only need a handful of ingredients to make this yummy pumpkin-infused iced chai latte recipe. Here’s what to grab:
- Heavy Whipping Cream - For creating the perfect, floofy pumpkin cream cold foam.
- Milk of Choice (I used 2%) - So your foam is actually foam, not just whipped cream!
- Canned Pumpkin Purée - You don’t need a ton here, but using real pumpkin makes this pumpkin spice tea latte taste extra special.
- Vanilla Syrup - While you’re welcome to use store-bought, making your own is cheaper and arguably better for you since there are no artificial additives.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice - You can’t make a pumpkin spice chai without pumpkin spice!
- Chai Tea Concentrate - While you can certainly make your own from scratch, grabbing a carton at the store is super convenient.
Out of something? Not to worry! I’ve got you covered with some easy ingredient substitutions:
- Heavy Whipping Cream - You can use regular whipping cream, which runs about 30-36% milkfat (vs. 36% for heavy cream). Alternatively, swap in your favorite vegan alternative.
- Milk of Choice - Any dairy or unsweetened plain or vanilla plant-based milk will work beautifully.
- Canned Pumpkin Purée - It’s not *quite* the same, but canned butternut squash purée is damn close.
- Vanilla Syrup - Feel free to swap in a lower-sugar or sugar-free alternative if needed. You can also use other coffee syrups like brown sugar syrup or honey syrup instead.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice - Don’t have any on hand? Whip some up using my easy recipe.
- Chai Tea Concentrate - You can steep chai teabags in hot water to make a concentrated spicy tea base (then chill it afterwards), but it won’t be sweet like the kind you get at the store. If you go this route, you might want to add an extra drizzle of vanilla syrup.
How To Make An Iced Chai Tea Latte With Pumpkin Cold Foam
This iced Starbucks pumpkin chai latte comes together in just a few simple steps:
Step 1: Make Pumpkin Cold Foam. Add all the pumpkin foam ingredients to a mason jar or glass. Using a milk frother, froth until whipped and well combined, about 10-20 seconds. Set aside.
Step 2: Make Iced Chai Latte. Add ice to a glass, then top with the ½ cup milk of choice and ½ cup chai tea concentrate.
Step 3: Top the iced chai with the pumpkin foam, then drink up!
Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
Rather than paying absurd upcharges to make your chai tea pumpkin spice latte exactly the way you like it, you can just make the changes and move on! Isn’t playing your own barista fun?!? Anyway, here are a few of my favorite variations:
- Dairy-Free/Vegan Chai Tea with Pumpkin Cold Foam - Simply swap in your favorite plant-based milk and whipping cream, and make sure your chai concentrate is vegan-friendly.
- Hot Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte - Mix together the chai concentrate and the milk of your choice, then warm to your liking. Dollop the cold foam on top, and enjoy as it melts perfectly into each sip.
- Iced Dirty Pumpkin Chai - Drinking this as your morning go-juice? Add a shot or two of espresso to amp up the caffeine factor.
With these imaginative serving suggestions and delectable pairings, your Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte will take center stage as the ultimate autumn indulgence, captivating both taste buds and hearts alike. So, let your creativity flow and embrace the joy of sipping and savoring the season's finest flavors! 🍂☕🎃
- Sweet Sunrise Ritual: Begin your day with a sip of serenity. Serve your latte in a clear glass, allowing the vibrant layers to shine through. Pair it with a slice of cinnamon crumb cake to complement the chai's spice and the pumpkin's sweetness.
- Harvest Brunch Delight: Welcome your guests with glasses of Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Latte paired with baked donuts for a sweet appetizer while everyone gets settled.
- Pumpkin Patch Indulgence: Take a stroll through a pumpkin patch with your latte in hand. The cool, creamy foam will echo the crisp fall air. Pair it with pumpkin-spiced candied nuts for a crunchy, on-the-go snack that echoes the chai's warmth.
- Artisanal Cheese Harmony: Surprise your tastebuds with an unexpected pairing. Sip your latte alongside a charcuterie board featuring aged cheddar, apple slices, and pumpkin butter, creating a symphony of sweet, savory, and spicy notes.
- Zen Teatime Retreat: Infuse tranquility into your afternoon tea break. Enjoy your latte with a side of chai-infused shortbread cookies, letting the delicate spices transport you to a peaceful oasis. Close your eyes, take a deep, cleansing breath, and take a moment to enjoy the sweet, spicy bliss.
Recipe Success Tips
- Storage Solution. When you only need a few tablespoons of pumpkin, what should you do with the rest? Why, freeze it into ice cubes, of course! Use a silicone ice cube tray and smoosh the rest of your can into it. Freeze until solid (about 4 hours), then pop them into a zip-top bag or freezer safe container. Next time you’re in the mood for a frosty pumpkin chai tea latte, grab a cube or two, zap it for 15 seconds in the microwave until melted, then go to town! BONUS: fur babies love frozen pumpkin cubes as a healthy, delectable alternative to store-bought Frosty Paws.
- Invest in a Milk Frother. While you technically *can* make the pumpkin cream cold foam without it (by using a balloon whisk and a bowl), who wants to go to all that trouble? Plus, these space-saving stick frothers are less than $20, which means it’ll basically pay for itself after 3-4 uses.
That’s like asking “is carrot cake good with cream cheese frosting?” or “is hot chocolate good with marshmallows?” The answer is YES.
A chai latte and a pumpkin spice latte might sound like cousins at a family reunion, but they've got their own swagger. A chai latte is the OG cool cat who’s all about those warm, cozy spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, swirled into a sweet, cream tea and milk combo. Think of it as spiced-up comfort in a cup.
Now, let's talk pumpkin spice latte. This little number struts into town when the leaves start to change, flaunting its pumpkin-infused charm. It's got pumpkin puree, espresso, and a pumpkin pie spice blend that screams, "Fall has arrived, people!"
But a pumpkin chai latte? Well, that's like a chai latte decided to go for a stroll in the pumpkin patch. It's a chai latte, all decked out with pumpkin vibes from a dollop of spice-infused cold foam. Imagine the cozy spice of a chai latte with a sassy twist of pumpkin flair on top. Pumpkin spice and chai spices – now that's a duet you don't wanna miss!
Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte Nutrition
I'm coming in hot with this Starbucks copycat Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte, bringing you those fall vibes with a side of nutritional info. Here's the scoop:
When you take a sip of this beauty, you're looking at around 300 calories, which isn't too shabby for a treat this tasty. Now, let's talk fats – you're looking at about 14 grams, which is how we achieve the creamy dreaminess of this autumnal treasure.
Got a hankering for some protein? Well, you're in luck! If you use 2% milk, this drink's got about 6 grams, giving you a little boost while you savor those flavors. And speaking of savoring, the sodium content is about 103 milligrams, just a sprinkle to enhance the goodness.
Now, let's chat carbs. We're talking 40 grams, about 36 grams of which are sugar. That's where the magic happens, that perfect balance of sweet and spiced. If you're looking to limit your sugar intake, feel free to cut back on the vanilla syrup or swap in a sugar-free alternative.
So there you have it, my friends! This pumpkin-y iced chai is a little indulgence that's gonna give you those autumn vibes without any nutritional surprises.
Total nutritional content per serving is:
- Calories: 300 calories
- Total Fat: 14 grams
- Protein: 6 grams
- Sodium: 103 mg
- Carbohydrates: 40 grams
- Sugar: 36 grams
*This nutritional information is an estimate and calculated based on the ingredients used to create the recipe. The nutritional value of your ingredients may differ slightly. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
Other Starbucks Copycat Recipes
Iced Pumpkin Cream Chai Tea Latte (Starbucks Copycat)
- 2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon milk of choice (I used 2%)
- 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Chai Tea Latte:
- ½ cup milk of choice (I used 2%)
- ½ cup chai tea concentrate
- Add all the pumpkin foam ingredients to a mason jar or glass. Use a milk frother, froth until whipped and well-combined (about 10-20 seconds). Set aside.
- Add ice to a glass, then top with the ½ cup milk of choice and ½ cup chai tea concentrate.
- Top the iced chai with the pumpkin foam, then drink up!