Well, hello pumpkin spice season! If you're a lover of all things pumpkin, coffee shop fancy drinks, and other pumpkin treats then you really need this DIY pumpkin spice syrup in your life!
This pumpkin spice syrup recipe has all the fall goodness wrapped up with real pumpkin flavor and all the intoxicating warm spices.
This recipe was inspired by my homemade simple syrup made with Madagascar vanilla beans and vanilla extract, and pairs well with a whole myriad of upcoming fall drink recipes.
This is my version of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup, except I'm using no shortcuts of flavor. Just good old-fashioned whole spices like cinnamon sticks, real pumpkin, and fresh ground nutmeg.
These simple ingredients really make this pumpkin spice sauce pack a punch. I'd be lying if I didn't say making your own pumpkin spice syrup is a great way to usher in all the best things of the fall season.
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE SYRUP
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Whole Cloves or Ground Cloves
- Fresh-Grated Ginger or Ground Ginger
- Fresh-Grated Nutmeg or Ground Nutmeg
- Pumpkin Purée
- Homemade Vanilla Extract or Vodka
See the recipe card for the full recipe.
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup - Instructions
This simple syrup is extremely flavorful as far as easy recipes go. And this is my absolute favorite way to add spice to the fall season. I mean, besides chai.
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring it to a simmer. Allow the sugar to fully dissolve.
Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin purée. And then allow it to simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, nut milk bag, or cheesecloth.
When it has cooled add Homemade Vanilla Extract or Vodka (or another alcohol) to keep it shelf stable for 3-6 months.
Hint: Add the Homemade Vanilla Extract or Alcohol after the pumpkin spice syrup is taken off the heat for best results.
There is always an easy way to do every recipe and a more complex better way with deeper flavors. But in a pinch, you can definitely make a scrumptious homemade syrup with a few quick switchouts.
- Pumpkin Spice Flavor - I made it my mission to use as many whole ingredients as possible, but you can easily substitute the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, whole nutmeg, and fresh-grated Ginger for ground versions. Or simplify by just using Pumpkin Pie Spice.
- Sugar - This homemade pumpkin syrup would be even more of a decadent syrup if you used dark brown sugar in place of white. Go a little mad scientist and experiment with coconut sugar, honey, and maple syrup. Or make a sugar-free pumpkin spice syrup with a favorite liquid sugar alternative like Stevia.
- Pumpkin Puree - This recipe works great with a can of pumpkin puree or a homemade puree made with an actual pumpkin. The flavor of real Pumpkin puree really can't be substituted though and is pretty much the main ingredient in this simple recipe.
Making your own syrup is such an easy process and it's really the best way to ensure your drinks and desserts aren't riddled with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, or unknown preservatives.
- Thicker Syrup - Make a double fold of this recipe for added shelf stability or a more concentrated version. Simply double the sugar to water ratio to 2:1, 2 Cups Sugar to 1 Cup Water.
How Can I Use Pumpkin Spice Syrup?
Let your imagination be your guide. After you've had a taste of it, it's easy to imagine it in or on all your favorite foods.
- Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recreate your favorite coffee shop drinks like this one or a Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam with this easy latte syrup.
- Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup Use it to sweeten and add fall flavorings to a cup of coffee. Which could only make your favorite coffee that much more decadent.
- Cold Brew Sweeten your morning iced coffee recipes.
- Delicious Topping Drizzle this delicious syrup on ice cream, french toast, or Pumpkin Pancakes.
- Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream Add a couple of Tablespoons to heavy cream to make the most delicious pumpkin spice whipped cream.
- Hot Milk Add a tablespoon of syrup to a cup of hot milk for the perfect way to end a fall day.
The best part of this delicious syrup is the taste, but the second best part is the very short list of tools and supplies you need to make it.
- Small Saucepan
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Fine Grit Strainer, Nut Milk Bag, or Cheesecloth
- Airtight Container mason jar or another glass jar, swing top bottle, etc.
The typical simple syrup has a shelf life of 2-3 weeks if stored in an airtight container out of direct sunlight, or refrigerated.
Extend the shelf life with two options:
- Make a double-fold simple syrup with a 2:1 sugar to water ratio. 2 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water. This can extend the shelf life up to 3 months.
- Add 2 tablespoon of Homemade Vanilla Extract (made with alcohol), Vodka, or another type of alcohol. This can extend the shelf life up to 6 months.
For best results and safety don't add Homemade Vanilla Extract or alcohol to the pumpkin spice syrup until it is off the heat and cooling. I added mine after about 5 minutes of cool time.
- 1½ Cups Sugar
- 1½ Cups Water
- 6 Cinnamon Sticks
- 12 Whole Cloves
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh-grated Ginger
- ½ teaspoon Fresh-grated Nutmeg
- 4 tablespoon Pumpkin Purée
- 2 tablespoon Homemade Vanilla Extract or Vodka
- Start off with the simple syrup recipe. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan on medium-high heat and simmer until completely dissolved.
- Then add all the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin puree to your saucepan.
- Lower to medium-low heat and let the mixture boil or simmer for 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
- .Take it off the heat and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Strain your pumpkin spice syrup with a fine mesh strainer, nut milk bag, or cheesecloth.
- Add your homemade vanilla extract or vodka to the mixture and stir.
- Store your homemade pumpkin syrup in an airtight container.
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 tablespoon Homemade Pumpkin Puree*
*Not Pumpkin Pie Filling
The absolute best and most decadent pumpkin spice syrup includes real pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, sugar, vanilla extract, and water.
Yes, they do. And while Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup includes real cane sugar, it also includes preservatives like sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate as well as artificial coloring.
Before 2015, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes actually only included orange artificial coloring and pumpkin pie spices. However, due to increasing pressure on the issue, they finally added it in.
Pumpkin pie spice typically contains a variation of the spices cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg.
Neither Pumpkin Spice nor Pumpkin Pie Spice contains any pumpkin but instead refers to the spices typically found inside a pumpkin pie recipe. However, you can use a variation of the spices cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, mace, and nutmeg. Use whatever you have on hand and try out different combinations!
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- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
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- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove