How to Make TikTok’s Pumpkin Spice Iced Tea

The drink is as if summer and fall had a baby.

September 03, 2021

Not a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte? You’re in luck! There’s a new (slightly less) caffeinated pumpkin-flavored beverage cropping up on TikTok. What’s more? You can even add some alcohol to it, if you’re into that kind of thing.­

Dubbed pumpkin spiced iced tea (or pumpkin sp-iced tea, if you will) this drink has a black tea base, which you can make on your own or use a bottled version, like this one. Then, to get that unmistakable pumpkin flavor, you top it with pumpkin cold foam.

According to TikToker and cookbook author Zaynab Issa, this is made with a combination of heavy cream, milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and a pinch of cinnamon. To give the cold foam that cloud-like texture that makes it so delectable, simply whip it with a milk frother until it starts to thicken.


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“This looks ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!” another user wrote in the comments. “Lemme go buy some.”

Another added that this beverage is like when “summer and fall have a baby,” while several remarked that the drink looks “so good.”

A second TikTok user, Julianna McIntosh, elevated the pumpkin spiced iced tea by essentially using it as the base for a cocktail. The libation includes homemade pumpkin syrup, pumpkin cold foam, vanilla vodka, ice and, of course, some tea.

First, the syrup, which is made with sugar, water, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks, needs to be heated long enough for the sugar to dissolve. Then, you can whip up the pumpkin cold foam using a combination of cream, milk and that aforementioned syrup.


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To assemble the drink, pour the vanilla vodka, pumpkin syrup and black tea over ice, and top the whole thing with that picture-perfect foam and a cinnamon stick garnish.

Much like Zaynab’s creation, this one proved to be a hit with fellow TikTok users. “Yum! I need this,” one person wrote in the comments. Another shared that the cocktail “looks delicious.”

These drinks are just two of the pumpkin-infused foods that have been making the rounds in recent weeks. Starbucks officially welcomed back the Pumpkin Spice Latte last month, and earlier this week The Honey Baked Ham Company unveiled its new Pumpkin Spice Glazed Turkey Breast.

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