Sweeten your drinks and treats with this homemade pumpkin spice syrup. While Starbucks has their famous pumpkin spice latte that we all know and love, sometimes it’s a joy to be able to make your own pumpkin spice coffee at home with this easy syrup recipe.
The best part is, this DIY simple syrup can be used in other treats to give everything a fall theme and warm, spiced flavor. Here are some tips and info on how to make and enjoy it in under 20 minutes.
Pumpkin Pie Spice History
One of the first pumpkin pie spice recipes can be dated back to 1675 in Britain when it was called ‘pumpion pye’ and was flavored with pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Pumpkin crops were in abundance in the Americas during this time (and still are today) and were introduced to Europeans in the 16th century, where they began using them to make pies.
The actual craze for pumpkin-spiced drinks and food is said to have started with Starbucks with their limited time latte in 2003. This drink is featured every fall season, along with a range of other drinks and snacks with the same flavor. By making this recipe at home, you can enjoy pumpkin-spiced flavors all year long if you really want to.
Ingredients & Tools
You only need 3 ingredients plus water to make this tasty syrup:
- brown sugar
- pumpkin purée
- pumpkin pie spice
You will also need cheesecloth or a nut milk bag (my preference) to strain the syrup. It will have a more desirable texture, taste and color and last longer with this step.
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Syrup
This recipe yields about 2 cups syrup.
- Simmer ingredients. Add water, brown sugar, pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Strain. Strain the syrup through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag to remove the pulp/spices and make it clear.
- Ready. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can use it in your coffee, lattes, other hot beverages or even over desserts and breakfast dishes, to taste.
Tips & Uses
Unlike the coffee chain, this cozy hot beverage contains real pumpkin. The spice can be easily found in various grocery stores. If you do not have the time to shop for them, you can diy your own by mixing the spices together.
This syrup is not just for coffee; it can be used as a flavoring for various baked goods. The most classic way is to top your pancakes with it; perhaps you can make some pumpkin pancakes to add more pumpkin flavor. I recommend waffles because their pockets will keep the syrup inside and will soak into the waffles without getting soggy.
It is also useful as a simple syrup for cakes and cocktails. Between each layer of cake, soak them in the syrup; this will keep your cakes moist and the pumpkin pie spice will spice up your cakes with delicious fall flavor. If you want a healthier alternative, add it to a bowl of pumpkin spice oatmeal or yogurt for sweetening. The oatmeal and spices will keep you warm and cozy on a cool fall day.
To make a thicker syrup, you would simply simmer the mixture for longer until it is reduced to your liking. Keep in mind that it will thicken slightly as it cools.
Your fresh batch of syrup can be stored in a covered container like a jar or squeeze bottle in the fridge for up to two weeks, giving you plenty of time to spice up your mornings with this autumn flavor favorite.
What drink or treat will you sweeten with this pumpkin spice syrup? Let me know in the comments and please pin the recipe!
Pumpkin Spice Syrup Recipe
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups brown sugar
- ¼ cup pumpkin purée
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
- Add water, brown sugar, pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice to a small saucepan.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 8 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Strain the syrup through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag to remove the pulp/spices and make it clear.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can use it in your coffee, lattes, other hot beverages or even over desserts and breakfast dishes, to taste.
- This recipe yields about 2 cups syrup.
- This syrup will be thin. If you would like a thicker syrup, simmer it for longer to reduce it. Note that the yield will be less and the flavor will be more concentrated.
- Your fresh batch of syrup can be stored in a covered container like a jar or squeeze bottle in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.