Aug 31, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Syrup and Pumpkin Spice Latte

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte is back!

No Starbucks in the morning

So Wednesday morning I got a craving for the deliciousness of Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I left my house 15 minutes prior to my usual departure time.  When I get to Starbucks, I realize I left my wallet at home because it had been knocked over.  I left dejected because I couldn't have a tasty PSL.

Once I got back to my car, I looked through my purse and found a five dollar bill!  Success!  Once I got back into the Starbucks, there was a line so I had wait for my coffee.  Then there was traffic so it was stressful getting to work on time.

So it's no Starbucks in the morning.

Making the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte 2 years ago

Two years ago, I posted a recipe for pumpkin spice lattes.  It called for blending the pumpkin puree, vanilla creamer, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.  Then you added it to the hot coffee.  It was good but sometimes you would end up with pumpkin puree at the bottom of your mug.  Not so good.

Pumpkin Spice Sryup

I saw this recipe last year but never could find the cheesecloth so I never made it.  A few weeks ago, I found cheesecloth so I made my own pumpkin spice syrup.  The cool thing about this syrup is I know exactly what is in it.  I can also control the amount of pumpkin pie spice in my syrup.

Stars of the Recipe:
  • 1 C. water
  • 3/4 C. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  1. Combine the water and sugar in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Heat in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes.  (Mine took 4 and a half minutes.)
  3. Remove and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.
  5. Drain over a cheesecloth or small sieve.
  6. Store in an airtight container (Mason jar) in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Stars of the Recipe:
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. pumpkin spice syrup
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. half and half milk
  • 6 oz. hot coffee (The stronger the better.  Or use a pumpkin spice blend coffee.)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  1. Add syrup and half and half to the mug.  (Make sure the mug is big enough.)
  2. If you are not using a Keurig, warm the milk up in the microwave for about a minute.  Add hot coffee and then mix together.  Add whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice if you want to.
  3. If you are using a Keurig, brew the coffee over the half and half and syrup.  Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, if wanted.
  4. Enjoy!!!!

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