I’ve always loved all things pumpkin and pumpkin spice and everything nice as much as the next person. But what I personally do not like is Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. It always has a bitter burnt taste to me. In all honesty I’m very partial to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf but unfortunately we don’t have them out here! So I’ve taken matters into my own hands and made my own Pumpkin Pie Spice and from that created a simple syrup I can use to flavor not just my once in a while coffee but even hot chocolates, tea whatever your heart desires.
You can always use a store bought pre-mixed Pumpkin Pie Spice from the spice isle but they add anti-caking agents to it and I’m not fully sure how this will affect making a simple syrup. (It’s more rewarding to make your own mix like my Pumpkin Spice Blend!) It makes the house smell incredible and you don’t have added chemicals from store bought.
I LOVE coffee in general, sadly thought I’m so incredibly sensitive to caffeine that I can really only enjoy it decaf. Same goes for tea for the most part. And this is perfectly fine since it’s truly the flavor that I love so much. I fill my coffee cup about 3/4 of the way with coffee, add my cream and however much of the Pumpkin Pie Simple Syrup I want that day. And that is it! I’d say the simple syrup should be good for up to two weeks in the fridge just to be safe. YUM!
1 cup filtered water
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, skin removed
10 whole cloves
10 whole allspice berries
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
In a small saucepan whisk both the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves and it comes to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low-medium, add the spices, stir and let it simmer for about 7 minutes; or until it slightly thickens just enough to coat the back of a spoon. Turn off the heat and let it cool completely.
Bottle it so it’s airtight and refrigerate for up to one month.