Spice It Up

Starbucks “reintroduces” a wildly popular pumpkin spice latte every autumn.  It’s delicious.  But come on, I used to be a barista.  There’s no way I’m going to be outdone by the ‘Bucks.

I found a great recipe for homemade pumpkin syrup online and followed it almost exactly, except I used two cinnamon sticks instead of a tablespoon of ground cinnamon.  It turned out really well!  Our fridge now holds four types of homemade syrups: peppermint, vanilla, hazelnut, and pumpkin.  Coffee date, anyone?

I'm beginning to feel like one big advertisement for Trader Joe's...

Cooking the syrup

Straining through a sieve

Ta-da! (We own more beer glasses than syrup containers...)

Latte love

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3 Tbs. pumpkin puree

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Whisk in remaining ingredients and simmer for five minutes, stirring frequently. Strain through fine wire mesh sieve and store in the refrigerator.

Source: Slightly adapted from Cook Like a Champion


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