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Recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Spice Iced "Macchiato"

Recipe: Sweet Pumpkin Spice Iced "Macchiato"

Sweet Pumpkin Spice Iced "Macchiato"

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Elena Veselova/
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
10 minutes
4-6 servings

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Sweet Pumpkin Spice Iced "Macchiato"

Sweet Pumpkin Spice Iced "Macchiato" puts a fun, flavorful twist on that seasonal classic: pumpkin-flavored everything! If you don't have pumpkin spice on hand, you can make your own: for each 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice, combine 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1 pinch of black pepper.

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Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

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  • boil :

    to cook a food in liquid heated to the point of gas bubbles and steam forming (boiling point is 212 F at sea level).

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • stir :

    to mix together two or more ingredients with a spoon or spatula, usually in a circle pattern, or figure eight, or in whatever direction you like!

Equipment Checklist



Sweet Pumpkin Spice Iced "Macchiato"

  • 1/2 15-oz can pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 12-oz can coconut milk/cream **(for COCONUT ALLERGY sub 1/2 C soy or whole milk)**
  • 1 T pumpkin spice (see Instructions for making your own)
  • 1/4 C white or brown sugar
  • 2 C cold water
  • 2 C ice

Food Allergen Substitutions

Sweet Pumpkin Spice Iced "Macchiato"

  • Coconut: Substitute 1/2 C soy or whole milk for the canned coconut milk in the Macchiatos.


Sweet Pumpkin Spice Iced "Macchiato"

recipe tip

If you don't have pumpkin spice on hand, you can make your own: for each 1 tablespoon of pumpkin spice, combine 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1 pinch of black pepper.

combine + simmer

Combine 1/2 can of pumpkin purée, 1/2 can of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice (to make your own: combine 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp allspice, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, and 1 pinch of black pepper), and 1/4 cup sugar in a large pot over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.

stir + pour

Pour the mixture into a pitcher and whisk vigorously while pouring in the 2 cups of cold water. Divide 2 cups of ice between all of your cups and pour the whisked mixture over the ice. Wrap up with a blanket and enjoy this drink with a warm cup of Nearly Norwegian Gresskarsuppe Pumpkin Soup (see recipe)! "Nyt" (Neet) or "enjoy" in Norwegian!

What is a Caffè Macchiato?

Photo by Nataliya Nazarova/
  • Caffè macchiato (kahf-feh mah-key-ah-toh) is a coffee drink from Italy made with espresso and a touch of foamy milk. Of all the Italian coffee and milk drinks, the macchiato has the most espresso and the least amount of milk. 
  • The Italian word "macchiato" means "stained" or "spotted." The word was attached to the coffee drink when baristas (people who prepare espresso coffee drinks) would explain the difference between plain espresso and this drink to servers. They said it was "macchiato" or "stained" with milk.

Let's Learn About Italy!

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  • Italy became a unified country in 1861, only 150 years ago. It is sometimes called "bel paese" or "beautiful country."  
  • Italians invented the piano and the thermometer! 
  • In ancient Roman mythology, two twin brothers named Romulus and Remus founded Rome, Italy's capital city. The myth says the twins were abandoned and then discovered by a she-wolf before being found and raised by a shepherd and his wife. Eventually (and after many exciting adventures), they found themselves at the location of Palatine Hill, where Romulus built "Roma." The Italian wolf became Italy's unofficial national animal. 
  • In the 1930s and 40s, Mussolini, Italy's prime minister, and dictator tried to eliminate all foreign words from the Italian language. How did he do that? He just changed them! For example, in soccer, "goal" became "meta." Disney character names changed, too: Donald Duck became "Paperino;" Mickey Mouse became "Topolino;" and Goofy became "Pippo." Although they're not banned anymore, these words and names have stuck. So now if you go to the Italian Disneyland, called Gardaland Park, you will see Topolino and Pippo! 
  • About 60 million people call Italy home, and it is 116,350 square miles, slightly larger than the US state of Arizona. If you compare that to the United Kingdom, 67 million people live there, and it is about 94,350 square miles. So, the UK is smaller than Italy but has a bigger population! 
  • The Italian flag is green, white, and red. These colors represent hope, faith, and charity.
  • The average Italian eats close to 55 pounds of pasta annually. If you think about how light pasta is, that is a considerable amount! There are more than 500 different types of pasta eaten in Italy today. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Italy?

  • Kids begin school at 6 years old. They grow up speaking Italian, but they learn English in school, so many become bilingual in Italian and English.
  • The most popular sport for kids is football (soccer). The Italian word for soccer is "calcio," the same word they use for "kick." A favorite of younger kids is "Rody, the bouncing horse," a plastic horse that a small child can hop onto and bounce around the room. Rody was invented in Italy in 1984.  
  • The family ("la famiglia") is a central characteristic of Italian life. Children have great respect for their older relatives. It is traditional to name the first male child after the grandfather and the first female child after the grandmother.
  • If kids live close to school, they can go home and have lunch with their families! Lunch at school might be pasta, meat with vegetables, a sandwich, or a salad with lots of ingredients. Families typically eat dinner later (7 to 8 pm), so kids end up staying up later, too!
  • Between lunch and dinner, kids often enjoy "merenda," which is an afternoon snack that translates to "something that is deserved." It is really a mini-meal that can include both savory and sweet foods. Examples of savory foods are a salami or mortadella sandwich, a slice of rustic bread rubbed with a cut, raw tomato, or "pizza bianca" (white pizza without tomato sauce). Types of sweet foods eaten during merenda are "gelato" (a lower-fat type of ice cream), any kind of cake, or biscotti dipped in warm milk.

That's Berry Funny

Where do intergalactic coconuts grab a drink?

At the Milky Way!

The Yolk's On You

What do you like best about autumn?

I like pumpkin spice a latte!

Lettuce Joke Around

Why don't coconuts have money? 

Because people milk them dry.

The Yolk's On You

What did one coconut say to the other?

"Got milk?"

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