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Pumpkin spice syrup «

Pumpkin spice syrup

September 9, 2012 | 12 Comments »


It’s that time of year when everyone runs around bragging about how awesome pumpkin spice lattes are leaving me frowning and secretly hating. There are LOTS of pumpkin spice latte recipes out there. Some are good, but I’ve found that most are flat out horrible. There’s nothing worse than taking a sip of a bitter coffee beverage when you’re expecting to taste something creamy and sweet with just the right amount of spice. And let’s not forget the pumpkin flavor! So this year I started the hunt for the perfect pumpkin spice latte recipe early. When I stumbled upon this recipe, I knew right away it had to be great. I’ve tried many of her recipes and have never had a problem. This time was no different. Now while the original recipe is great, it still wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. So I did some tinkering and ended up with something I’m extremely satisfied with.

Makes: 10 oz


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes whisking frequently. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain mixture (I used a fine mesh strainer). Stir in vanilla extract. Store in fridge until ready to use.

To make the iced latte shown above I filled a 16 oz mason jar half way with ice, added 2 tbsp pumpkin spice syrup, 3 oz prepared espresso (I used instant), 6 oz unsweetened coconut milk, and topped it off with coconut milk whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.

I currently have a mason jar full of pumpkin spice syrup and another full of prepared espresso so that I can whip up a latte in seconds! I don’t play when it comes to my caffeine. Besides, something tells me I’m going to need it tomorrow morning. Enjoy your Monday, everyone!


Mmmm. I must do this when I infuse vanilla vodka with pumpkin. Thanks for sharing!

Too funny! I was just thinking about making Pumpkin Spice Syrup this morning! I had bookmarked that same recipe last year and never got around to making it, that will definitely have to change this year. I like the ingredients in yours better, anyway. ;)

@Lacey: Oh! Vanilla vodka with pumpkin? That sounds yummy. I bet it would make a tasty white Russian!

@Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!: Thank you! :) It’s SO good! WAY better than the stuff sold in coffee shops!

Ahh, so pretty! And yummy too. :) This would be really good on pancakes too I bet…

Wow! This is so interesting and looks so delicious :)

Reply to this comment Marianne     October 26, 2012

Hello there!!!!, I was sniffing around for pumpkin decoration ideas and I stumbled with your recipe…I should tell you I’m from Scotland and I’m still scratching my head wondering what is this…!?, please I don’t want to sound rude!, is just because we never heard about Pumpkin syrup…!!!!Could you be soooo kind and explain me how can you have this syrup? I mean, with coffee? hot, cold? …it sounds so temping and delicious!
Many,many thanks and Best Wishes from the already “Snowy Scotland”!!! ( this morning started to snow …:)
Take care, Marianne

@Marianne: Hi! You’re not rude at all! Around this time of year a lot of the coffee shops sweeten their coffee beverages (hot and cold) with pumpkin syrup. It adds flavor and sweetness to the drinks. Other recipes floating around have been used for dessert toppings such as ice cream and even pancakes. For my coffee beverages I usually add 1 tbsp of the syrup in place of regular sugar. It adds a nice subtle pumpkin flavor with a bit of sweetness. It’s yummy! :)

Enjoy that snow! It’s pretty cold over here in Southern Illinois (USA), but we probably won’t see snow for a while yet.

Reply to this comment Marianne     October 29, 2012

Many thanks Lisa for you time and explanations! I’ll try your recipe and I’ll tell everybody around in Scotland this recipe comes from Illinois!!! they ‘ll be astonished and delighted to try this delicious new taste of coffee… we love it dark, sweet and hot!
Enjoy the season and Best Wishes from Scotland!!!


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