Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink

This Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink tastes like pumpkin pie in a mug! It's caffeine-free, though it can be mixed with coffee to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink with Text Overlay Since the calendar turned to September, I've been trying to will the cool fall weather to make its way to Texas by concocting all sorts of autumn-inspired recipes, from warm and hearty soups to a variety of pumpkin delicacies. So today I present to you this creamy, dreamy, Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink!

A little birdie told me that Pumpkin Spice Lattes have hit Starbucks, so I thought it would be fun to whip up a pumpkin drink to enjoy at home for those days when a Starbucks run is not in the cards. Plus, I really wanted something caffeine-free that my sweet boys could enjoy as well.

Close-Up of Drink in Glass Mug with a Sprinkling of Nutmeg And let me tell you...enjoy this drink they did, particularly my 3-year-old. I was cracking up at his reaction as he took his first sips. With a shy smile on his face, he was talking straight to the pumpkin goodness in his mug, not to me.

(whispered) "Wow."

(regular voice) "Wow. That's the betterest one ever, in my whole entire life."

(another sip, another whisper) "Wow."

I'm not even exaggerating here...it was hysterical. And I have to say, I agree with him. This drink is pretty dang good. It's like pumpkin pie in a mug.

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink in a Glass Mug with Fall Decorations in the Background I made two versions for my boys, one regular and one dairy-free. Since my older son has lactose issues when it comes to straight milk, I made his with almond milk instead. Both ways were quite tasty, but the batch made with whole milk was understandably richer and creamier.

Even though this treat is caffeine-free and potentially dairy-free, it can also be morphed into a copycat version of the aforementioned Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with the simple addition of some coffee. I tried it out, half coffee and half pumpkin drink, and I found it to be delicious. Adjust the amount of coffee to your liking, and you could even add whipped cream to make it extra decadent and Starbucks-like. Heck, adding whipped cream to the regular, non-coffee version of this drink would be amazing as well (just don't tell my kids I said that...my 3-year-old might just straight-up pass out from that experience).

Aerial View My only word of caution in making this recipe is to mix just one or two servings at a time in the blender, so as to avoid potential overflow. Since you will be starting with warm milk, it's a good idea to crack open that little cap in the center of the blender lid in order to release the steam. But you don't want the drink to shoot straight out of the hole when you turn the blender on, so you'll want to hold the cap in place with a folded kitchen towel on top to catch any wayward pumpkin drink while simultaneously allowing the steam to escape.

I really like whipping this concoction in the blender because it ensures that the pumpkin and spices are totally incorporated with the milk, plus it makes everything all nice and frothy. However, if you want to make a large amount of this drink with lots of servings, I would suggest blending cold batches in the blender and then transferring all of the batches to a big pot for slow warming on the stove...or you could even heat it all up in a crock pot (set to low, stirred frequently, and then switched to warm).

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink in a Glass Mug Perfect for FallI can already predict that this recipe is going to be a staple at our house all fall (and winter) long, this year and every year to come. It would be so much fun to serve this Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink at a party, as an alternative to hot cocoa or apple cider. Likewise, it would be the perfect treat to complement trick-or-treating or Thanksgiving dinner. This drink is warm, it's comforting...it trumpets the arrival of autumn. And according to a certain 3-year-old, it's the "betterest" thing you'll ever taste.

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Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink

This warm, comforting drink tastes like pumpkin pie in a mug! It's caffeine-free, though you can mix it with coffee to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte. The drink can also be made dairy-free.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 231.05kcal
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  • 1 cup whole milk, heated until very warm
  • ¼ cup Homemade Pumpkin Puree, (or canned)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, optional
  • Cinnamon, optional


  • Place all ingredients in blender. Remove center cap from the lid of the blender and use a folded kitchen towel to loosely hold the cap over the hole in a manner that steam can escape. Turn on the blender to low and then increase it to high. Blend ingredients until frothy. Transfer mixture to a mug, top with whipped cream, if desired, and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.


  • You may use 2%, 1%, or skim milk in place of whole milk, but the drink won't be quite as rich and creamy with low-fat milk.
  • You may adjust the sweetness and level of spice by increasing or decreasing the sugar and pumpkin pie spice as desired.
  • To make a DAIRY-FREE version, substitute unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk) for the regular milk.
  • Mix with coffee to turn this drink into a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
  • I wouldn't recommend making more than 2 servings at a time in the blender, as the mixture will rise up when you first turn on the blender and you don't want it to shoot out the top!


Calories: 231.05kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.87g | Protein: 8.42g | Fat: 8.23g | Saturated Fat: 4.71g | Cholesterol: 24.4mg | Sodium: 108.98mg | Potassium: 448.26mg | Fiber: 1.78g | Sugar: 26.91g | Vitamin A: 9927.62IU | Vitamin C: 2.57mg | Calcium: 291.65mg | Iron: 1.05mg
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Adapted from Allrecipes

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  1. I know I'm late to the game, but I think I'm gonna whip this up tomorrow for myself and my 3 year old. He's a big pumpkin lover 🙂
    I think I'm gonna heat it up on the stove then use my immersion blender to mix it up (I don't own a regular blender).

    1. I hope this was a hit if you had a chance to make it, Jessica! I have a 3-year-old pumpkin lover as well... 😉

  2. Just made this for myself. It is wonderful. I am type 1 diabetic and this is really great. It dosnt have lost of things I shouldn't have. I was just anxious for Autumn to start and wanted something Pumpkin.

    1. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed it, Kathy! I cracked open my first can of pumpkin this afternoon as well. It's still 100-degrees outside, but I figure that's all the more reason to start dreaming of fall... 😉 Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

  3. Oh my gosh these look amazing! I am Diabetic and sometimes it's impossible to find these great looking fall drinks that are ok for me. This is totally doable!!! THANK YOU:)

    1. I'm so happy to hear that, Lisa! Hopefully you can adjust this recipe to your needs and enjoy the final results. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment...have a great afternoon!