Use this pumpkin syrup to create your favorite fall drinks or drizzle it over some pancakes or waffles.
Over the last year, I have been reducing the amount of sugar and additional flavorings I add to my coffee. I am now at a place where I enjoy my cup of coffee with just some additional milk. My go-to drink order is a cafe latte. But this past weekend was the first weekend of October and pumpkin spice this and pumpkin spice that was everywhere.
So I decided to treat myself to an iced pumpkin spice latte. I ordered one from our favorite local breakfast place and patiently waited as they added the additional syrup to my latte. I took my first sip expecting to be transported into delicious fall pumpkin spice euphoria.
Unfortunately, what I got was a sip of overly sweet almost flavorless disappointment.
I still wanted a delicious pumpkin spice latte so I decided to go home and create my own pumpkin spice syrup using actual pumpkin puree and lots of delicious fall spices. Now I can easily use this syrup to make my own pumpkin spice lattes, whenever I want.
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What is pumpkin spice syrup?
Pumpkin spice syrup is a simple syrup that is flavored with pumpkin puree and spices. Stir it into coffee, tea, or a cocktail to make your favorite fall drinks.
How to use pumpkin spice syrup
Originally I created this syrup to make my own pumpkin spice lattes, but that isn’t the only way to enjoy this delicious syrup.
- Drizzle it on top of pancakes, waffles, french toast, biscuits, and ice cream.
- Whisk it together with heavy cream to create your own pumpkin spice whipped cream.
- Stir it into a bowl or yogurt or oatmeal.
Sugar: Simple syrups are always made with equal parts sugar and water. In this recipe, I substituted half the granulated white sugar with brown sugar to add a deeper caramelized sweetness. Either light or dark brown sugar will work so use whichever you already have.
Light Corn Syrup: Corn syrup is made of dextrose which will help prevent the dextrose in the sugar from clumping when it is stored in the refrigerator.
Pumpkin Puree: Make sure you are using pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie mix. The pumpkin pie mix has additional spices added in. If you only have pumpkin pie mix then I would suggest not adding any additional spices.
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract is a great complement to the pumpkin and spices.
Spices: Ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves are all mixed together to create the familiar pumpkin spice flavor.
Kosher Salt: Just a small pinch of salt helps to enhance all the other flavors.
Add the water, sugar, and light corn syrup to a small saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved into the water. You will know the sugar has completely dissolved when the cloudiness disappears and the syrup is clear.
You have now created a simple syrup. Simple syrups are a great way to flavor and sweeten beverages because the sugar is already dissolved in the water you don’t have to worry about grainy sugar settling at the bottom of your beverage.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes until thickened to a syrup consistency. Sir in vanilla extract.
Allow the mixture to cool before pouring it into an airtight container. I usually pour it into a glass canning jar or plastic squeeze bottle. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
- Adjust the sweetness of the syrup to your tastes by adding or reducing the amount of sugar. Be sure to always use equal 1 part water to two parts sugar.
- Replace the spices with two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice blend.
- Use a small funnel to make pouring the syrup into the storage container easier.
- For most beverages, I like to stir in one to two tablespoon of syrup.
Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.
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