I was running errands this weekend and was offered a free cup of coffee. I’m not one to pass up free food, so I accepted without hesitation. One problem: I don’t drink coffee. However, I do drink coffee flavored drinks that are mostly milk and sugar! Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned to Starkbucks and Caribou, and I have been craving pumpkin all week! I headed home with my piping hot, free coffee in hand, ready to make my own pumpkin spice beverage.
Coffee syrups are notoriously sugary, and never have enough pumpkin flavor for me. I decided to make my own. I was able to whip up a batch of pumpkin spice syrup before my free cup of coffee got cold. Plus there’s enough pumpkin in this syrup to make my drink orange. None of this wimpy may-or-may-not-contain-pumpkin nonsense! This batch made a generous amount of syrup, which means this girl is having pumpkin lattes and steamers for the next few days! Although I might have to brew my own coffee….
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar*
- 1 tablespoon molasses (optional)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
- ◦ I used the following spices:
- ▪ 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ▪ 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
- ▪ 1 teaspoon allspice
- ▪ 1 teaspoon ginger
- ▪ 1 teaspoon cloves
- • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- *I tried to keep this syrup light by limiting the amount of sugar. For a sugary syrup, increase brown sugar to 1 cup
- Whisk water, brown sugar, molasses, pumpkin and spices together in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring mixture to a boil, whisking occasionally.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Use immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to one week. (Yes, I keep my syrup in recycled Frappuccino bottles!)
If you spill any syrup (which you will, if you get excited and try to pour hot syrup into your containers, like I did), please do yourself a favor and clean it up while it is still hot. It will get thicker and stickier as it cools, making it much more difficult to clean up.
To make a Pumpkin Spice Latte:
Heat desired amount of milk in mug and add coffee (my ideal ratio is 3 parts milk to 1 part coffee). Add 3 tablespoons pumpkin syrup (or more, I won’t tell). Stir well. I used my milk frother to make a nice orange foam on top. If desired, top with whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice or caramel.
To make a Pumpkin Spice Steamer:
Add 3 tablespoons to 1 cup (8 oz) of milk. Heat to desired temperature and stir well. If you have a milk frother, use it here!
To make a Pumpkin Chai Latte:
Steep chai for 5 minutes, or to desired strength. Substitute chai for coffee in latte recipe above.
Enjoy your delicious pumpkin creations! (Squirrel mug optional.)